• A bull elk bugles in Yellowstone National Park


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Fire Dispatch

The Fire Cache Dispatch is responsible for taking fire reports from the Park's lookouts, visitors, and other Park employees. The appropriate resources are then dispatched to the location, usually the Park contract helicopter and an initial attack crew. After those resources arrive on scene, the dispatch office takes any requests for additional personnel, supplies, aircraft, engines, or equipment. If possible, these are filled with Park resources. If they are not, dispatch will then pass the request on to Bozeman Interagency Dispatch where it will be filled or moved up to the next level of the dispatch chain. When the Park receives a request for it's resources to go outside of the Park on assignment, the dispatch office is also responsible for finding the requested resource and dispatching the resource to the appropriate location.

The dispatch office is responsible for tracking all resources assigned to Park incidents. Besides fire, this includes search and rescue operations, and any special incidents such as Presidential visits, large law enforcement operations, and special events. The dispatch office is also responsible for flight following with aircraft in the Park. This consists of maintaining regular check-ins and location of the numerous research flights, the contract helicopter, search and rescue aircraft, and project aircraft.

Did You Know?

Dog Hooked to Travois for Transporting Goods.

Some groups of Shoshone Indians, who adapted to a mountain existence, chose not to acquire the horse. These included the Sheep Eaters, or Tukudika, who used dogs to transport food, hides, and other provisions. The Sheep Eaters lived in many locations in Yellowstone.