• An aerial view of Old Faithful erupting taken from Observation Point with the Old Faithful Inn to the side.

    Yellowstone

    National Park ID,MT,WY

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?

Yellowstone Wolf.

There were no wolves in Yellowstone in 1994. The wolves that were reintroduced in 1995 and 1996 thrived and there are now over 300 of their descendents living in the Greater Yellowstone Area.