Wildland fire management and the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group: a discussion with Ken S

Episode 5 May 11, 2022 00:51:13
Wildland fire management and the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group: a discussion with Ken S
Wildfire Matters
Wildland fire management and the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group: a discussion with Ken S
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Show Notes

Ken Schmid, Branch Chief of Preparedness and Suppression Support for BLM Fire talks about how he started working in wildland fire management, his position at the National Interagency Fire Center, and his role in the National Multi-Agency Coordinating Group, NMAC. From overseeing national radio operations, rural fire readiness, and the military veterans fire crew program, Ken also explains his duties as the NMAC Chair and how NMAC functions - setting national preparedness levels, working with geographic areas and international partners, planning for military support, and how national wildland fire management resources are prioritized.

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