Fire Suppression: Detection & Dispatch

Plume of smoke in mountains in a distance

Fire detection, dispatch and fire suppression are integral to any fire management program. The Taos Interagency Dispatch Center receives information and dispatches personnel and resources to the fire. There are 6 fire engines and one Hotshot crew available to fight fires on the Carson National Forest. There are also other resources from other forests and agencies that can be called in to assist. The Dispatch Office tracks all resources committed to the fire and makes sure that the fire resources receive the necessary support to fight the fire. They also dispatch the airtankers, helicopters, aircraft and smokejumpers on the fire. The dispatch center is the communications center for the forest supporting all field going personnel.Helicopter above trucks in a field below

As long as there are fires, the Forest Service will always have a fire suppression workforce. These are the men and women who risk their lives to protect our lives, property and natural and cultural resources.

They battle the blazes with fire engines, on foot, from the air and are often the first into remote locations. They work together as a team to manage wildland fires safely and to get the job done. The firefighters today are highly skilled and educated about wildland fire. They use the latest technology and scientific information to better understand and predict fire behavior. When wildland fires occur, the trained men and women of the Carson National Forest Service will be there to face the flames!

Southwest Coordination Center