By Scott Sonner, The Associated Press:
A safety team is recommending improvements in communications and training in the wake of a state wildlife helicopter crash that sparked a Nevada wildfire that severely burned two volunteer firefighters trying to rescue the crash victims.
The joint state-U.S. interagency team reviewing the Aug. 18 fire north of Battle Mountain said Friday the rescue was hampered by the complexity of the response to the multi-jurisdictional incident.
It cites the failure to establish a unified command to oversee divergent radio frequencies and lack of standards for volunteer firefighters’ use of emergency protective gear.
Part of the difficulty stemmed from the fact the crash, fire and rescue were treated as separate incidents with separate organizational structures, according to the Facilitated Learning Analysis Team.
“This influenced the capacity for communications, accountability and command,” the report said.
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