It seems like right on the heels of my article about the Fort McMurray wildfires and the issues that they faced, there now comes the after action report from the wildfires that happened here in my home state of Tennessee. Residents are demanding answers to the questions of why 14 people died, why 2400 homes and buildings were lost and why many people did not get any advanced warning to evacuate the threatened areas.
Throughout the past ten years, public safety has drastically seen many changes that not only affect the way we conduct operations but also in how we must conduct ourselves.
In the first part of this article, I talked about the Alberta First Responder Radio Communications System (AFRRCS) and lessons learned from the Fort McMurray wildfire. This week, I will talk about other important communications issues raised in the KPMG report.
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During the early part of May 2016, there was a very serious wildfire that broke out in the area of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada. I have just read through the KPMG Fort McMurray Wildfire Report. KPMG was hired to do an after-action review of the entire event, make recommendations, and find lessons learned from this massive fire event. For the purposes of this article, I am going to look at the issues that were faced by the fire official from the communications aspects of the fire.