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					Alaska Division of Forestry                                        Mat-Su Area




                              2007 Mat-Su Area Orientation Guide                 1
Alaska Division of Forestry                                                                                                                                 Mat-Su Area




GENERAL INFORMATION...................................................................................................................................................3
    INTRODUCTION ..................................................................................................................................................................3
    DAILY BRIEFING SCHEDULE ...........................................................................................................................................3
    MAT-SU AREA FREQUENTLY USED NUMBERS............................................................................................................4
    MAT-SU AREA PERSONNEL..............................................................................................................................................5
    EMERGENCY NUMBERS....................................................................................................................................................5
    MAT-SU AREA ORGANIZATION CHART ........................................................................................................................6
    MEALS, LODGING AND SUPPLIES.....................................................................................................................................7
MEDICAL FACILITIES ..........................................................................................................................................................9

RADIO COMMUNICATIONS ..............................................................................................................................................10
    AIRCRAFT FREQUENCIES ...............................................................................................................................................10
    TACTICAL FREQUENCIES ...............................................................................................................................................10
    INITIAL ATTACK REPEATERS........................................................................................................................................11
    2006 MAT-SU AREA KING RADIO FREQUENCY LIST .................................................................................................12
MAT-SU AREA RESOURCES ..............................................................................................................................................13

COOPERATOR FIRE SERVICES .......................................................................................................................................14
    MATANUSKA-SUSITNA BOROUGH AND MAT-SU VALLEY CITIES ..........................................................................................14
    MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE.............................................................................................................................................16
INITIAL RESPONSE LEVEL POLICY...............................................................................................................................18

PREVENTION PROGRAM...................................................................................................................................................19

TERMINOLOGY......................................................................................................................................................................19

AVIATION...............................................................................................................................................................................20
    PALMER AIR BASE............................................................................................................................................................20
    MAT-SU AREA AIRPORTS................................................................................................................................................21
    MAT-SU AREA HAZARDS ................................................................................................................................................22
    FLIGHT FOLLOWING AND COORDINATION ...............................................................................................................22
    FIXED WING OPERATIONS..............................................................................................................................................23
    MAT-SU HELIBASE ...........................................................................................................................................................24
      Daily Schedule ...............................................................................................................................................................24
      Helibase Pilot Orientation Information........................................................................................................................25
PALMER AIRPORT AERIAL VIEW ..................................................................................................................................27

PALMER AIRBASE FACILITY AERIAL VIEW ..............................................................................................................28

MAT-SU AREA BOUNDARY AND FIRE PROTECTION MAP......................................................................................29




                                                                                                                                                                  May 28, 2005




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Alaska Division of Forestry                                                                        Mat-Su Area


GENERAL INFORMATION



INTRODUCTION
The State of Alaska, Division of Forestry, Mat-Su Area, (AK, DOF, MSS) provides fire protection and
forest management for approximately 15.8 million acres in south-central Alaska. The area’s northern
boundary extends from Summit (south of Cantwell) east to Caribou Creek (mi. 106.8 Glenn Hwy). From
Caribou Creek the boundary extends southwesterly to Portage. Moving westward from Portage, Mat-
Su’s southern boundary follows the Turnagain Arm, across the Cook Inlet, to the northern Alaska
Peninsula. The Area’s boundary then continues from the southernmost extent of the Lake Clark
National Park & Preserve’s eastern boundary north to Rainy Pass, then following the Denali National
Park & Preserve eastern boundary to Summit. Within the Area are approximately 375,000 residents
in the fastest growing population center in the State. As a result, there is a high level of mutual aid and
coordination with local cooperators, and a high level of public interaction.

The Area’s forest management, logistics support and fire dispatch all operate from the DOF facility
located at the north end of the Palmer Airport, approximately 35 air miles or 43 road miles northeast of
Anchorage. The Mat-Su Area management, administrative, and dispatch offices are located in the
Administrative building of the DOF Palmer Facility complex. Also within the complex is the Coastal
Region management offices, Central Office Procurement personnel, the DOF State Fire Warehouse
Palmer Supply Facility (PSF), the Area’s initial attack helibase, and the division’s Palmer Air Tanker
Base. Mat-Su Dispatch, Prevention, Training, and Operations all report to the Area Fire Management
Officer (FMO). Area initial attack firefighters are stationed in the east end of the Palmer Supply
Facility, and are pre-positioned throughout the Mat-Su Valley as fire potential and activity warrants. Fire
dispatch is staffed daily for fire calls from April 1 to August 31, 0800 to 1800. After-hours fire calls are
forwarded to the Area Duty Officer (D.O.).

As part of the Division of Forestry operating under the Incident Command System (ICS), the area may
respond to all risk incidents encompassing disasters such as search and rescue, flood, earthquake and
oil spill response.
Additional information about the Alaska Division of Forestry can be found at; http://forestry.alaska.gov.
Information about interagency fire management in Alaska can be found at: http://fire.ak.blm.gov/.



DAILY BRIEFING SCHEDULE
         TIME/DAY                   WHAT                      WHERE HELD                  WHO ATTENDS
   0930 M/W/F -OR-         AICC Fire Wx Briefing       Briefing Room                Interagency Teleconference
   Daily at Preparedness
   Levels 4 & 5
   0945 M/W/F -OR-         DOF Preposition Call        Conference room              Central Office, Regional
   Daily at Preparedness                                                            and Area managers
   Levels 4 & 5
   1100 Daily              Area Operational Briefing   Dispatch Briefing Training   All MSS fire / aviation /
                                                       Room                         dispatch staff, Palmer
                                                                                    Supply Facility




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Alaska Division of Forestry                                                                  Mat-Su Area




MAT-SU AREA FREQUENTLY USED NUMBERS
FIRELINE/After Hrs: 761-6311             Facility Paging: 761-6281              9G Base: 745-4811 or 911
DISPATCH:      Main      761-6240        I.A. 1 Console: 761-6234               I.A. 2 Desk 761-6235

OPERATIONS: 761-6391                     HELITACK: 761-6321          Cells: 863-2004 / 2005 / 2006 / 2007

ENGINES
      M-31        M-32         M-33          M-61          M-64        M-65       M-71        M-72          M-73
                  863-
    863-2009                  863-2010     863-2013       863-2012 863-2016     863-2021    841-9718   863-2019
                  2012
                  355-
    355-5461                               355-5441       355-5440
                  7661
 PREVENTION                                               WATER TENDER
                  M-73         M-74          Prev 2           M-81              (E.R. Shop Cell 632-2189)
                  863-
                              863-2016     863-2017
                  2019


ANC FIRE DEPT. DISPATCH                       267-4950                   MAT-SU DISPATCH                761-6240
AICCIA                                        356-5670                   MAT-SU CREW                    863-2023
ASM/AIR ATTACK                                761-6328                   PIONEER PEAK CREW              841-9716
                                              761-6305
BURN PERMIT REQUESTS                                                     PALMER FSS                     745-2495
                                              761-6338
BURN PERMIT
                                              761-6312                   ASOS                           746-6675
INFORMATION
FLIGHT FOLLOWING                           877-684-5630                  PALMER POLICE/9G BASE          745-4811
                                               355-3198
FUELER                                                                   PAQ RAMP                       761-6326
                                               746-3198
                                          761-6308/6316
INTERNS                                                                  STATE LOGISTICS CTR            451-2679
                                               863-2000
                                                                         MAT-SU REGIONAL
KENAI FSS (Wx Brief)                       800-992-7433                                                 861-6000
                                                                         MEDICAL CENTER
                                              761-6231
TRANSPORTATION                                                           WAREHOUSE               admin 761-6251
                                              440-4565
                                              761-6389
MAT-SU ADMIN                                                                                     issue 761-6252
                                              761-6313


FAX #S
AICC                                       356-5678             PAQ RAMP                                761-6326
MAT-SU ADMIN                               761-6319             STATE LOGISTICS                         451-2763
MAT-SU DISPATCH                            761-6228             TRANSPORTATION - REGION                 761-6227
OPERATIONS                        seasonal 761-6325             WAREHOUSE (OPS)                         761-6257




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Alaska Division of Forestry                                                            Mat-Su Area



MAT-SU AREA PERSONNEL
                                                      OFFICE       CELL

Anacleto, Elijah               Operations            761-6320      863-2009
Andersen, Chris                Operations            761-6373      863-2012
Balfe, Jan                     Admin                 761-6313
Blydenburgh, Nathan            Operations            761-6342
Blydenburgh, Phil              Operations            761-6374      863-2014

Bullman, Ken                   Area Forester         761-6301      355-4529
Burns, Lisa                    Admin                 761-6389
Carver, Brian                  Operations            761-6324      863-2013
Center, C.J.                   Operations            761-6258
Christolear, Walter            Dispatch              761-6223

Dean, Tom                      Operations            761-6325      863-2021
Dolfi, Dave                    Operations            761-6332      863-2010
Eley, Ethan                    Operations            761-6314      863-2018
Ennenga, Jeff                  Operations            761-6334
Greiling, Tom                  Prevention            761-6340      863-2019

Keogh, Ryan                    Operations            761-6258
Holt, Glen                     Resources             761-6316      354-1955
Jones, Matt                    Pioneer Peak T1       841-9716
Larson. Rob                    Operations            761-6333
Leutzinger, Josh               Gannet Glacier T2     761-6258

Maki, Cal                      Operations            761-6258
Mattoon, Tim                   Dispatch              761-6219      863-2001
McDonald, Norm                 Operations/FMO        761-6302      863-2007
Olson, Chris “Ole”             Dispatch              761-6218      863-2002
Scully, Greg                   Operations            761-6331

Strawn, Alex                   Resources/Interns     761-6308
Wiertsema, Lori                Prevention            761-6310      863-2017




EMERGENCY NUMBERS
Alaska State Troopers                                      745-2131 / 911
Alaska Dept. of Environmental Conservation - Air Quality   269-7634
Division Homeland Security & Emergency Services            428-7000 / 1-800-478-2337
Rescue Coordination Center                                 428-7230
USAF Elmendorf Hospital Emergency Room                     907-580-5555




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Alaska Division of Forestry                                                                                                                                             Mat-Su Area



MAT-SU AREA ORGANIZATION CHART
                                                                                                                    Ken Bullman
                                                                                                                    Area Forester




                                                   Lisa Burns
                                                    Admin




                          Candi Simmons                                Jan Balfe
                             Admin                                      Admin




                                                                                         Norm McDonald
                                                                                          Acting FMO




                    Norm McDonald                   Phil Blydenburgh                   Mat Jones                       Chris Olson                    Tom Greiling
                     OPS Forman                      OPS Foreman                   Pioneer Peak IHC               Logistics Coordinator            Prevention Foreman
                                                                                    Superintendent.




    Greg Scully                      Dave Dolfi                                        Jon Glover                     Tim Mattoon         Lori Wiertsema
     Helibase                          M-65                                        Pioneer Peak IHC                Lead I.A.Dispatcher    Fire Prevention
                                                                                       Asst. Sup.                                             Officer



                                                                                                                                             Ethan Eley
    Eli Anacleto                    Bob Crowe                   Pioneer Peak Crew                 Walter Christolear                      Fire Prevention
        M-31                                                            18                        I.A. Dispatcher                             Officer



                                                                                                                                               Vacant
     Cal Maki                                                                                        Vacant                               Prevention Admin
                                    Rob Larson                                                  EFF Radio Operator
                                      M-33



                                                                                                          Vacant
   Chris Andersen                    Cal Maki                                                         I.A. Dispatcher
        M-64




 Nathan Blydenburgh                                                                                                                                    Glen Holt
                                    Brian Carver                                                                                                   Resources Forester
                                       M-61



                                                                                                                                                          Vacant
    Jeff Ennenga                      Abe Davis                                                                                                      Intern Prog. Sup
        M-32



                                                                                                                                                    Student Intern Crew
    Ryan Keogh                                                                                                                                               11
                               Josh Leutzinger
                               Gannett Glacier
                              Type II Crew Boss



                              Gannett Glacier Crew
                                       15




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Alaska Division of Forestry                                                                Mat-Su Area




MEALS, LODGING AND SUPPLIES
Mat-Su Dispatch will notify Coastal Region Transportation (761-6231) of resource arrival and make
initial arrangements to meet logistic support needs. Authorization to rent a vehicle will be indicated on
the resource order; reimbursement will not be made unless approval is documented.
Alaska Division of Forestry meal and lodging vendors have been contacted prior to the fire season and
have agreed to the Alaska Division of Forestry coupon system described below.


Lodging
Lodging accommodations will, most likely, be in a local Palmer hotel or bed & breakfast. Lodging will
be arranged by dispatch or Mat-Su Area administrative staff (761-6389) and will be direct-billed to the
State of Alaska for your room charges only. All long distance phone calls, room service (unless on
meal coupon), movies and other items must be paid by the individual. Personnel are to check out
at the hotel’s front desk prior to leaving and pay any additional charges.


Meals
Meals will be provided through the Division of Forestry’s vendor/coupon system to personnel on
assignment to the Mat-Su Area. The Alaska Division of Forestry coupon system allows you to go to
selected restaurants, which will then directly charge meals to the State of Alaska. A list of participating
restaurants will be provided by the Coastal Region Administrative Support section. Maximum values
for the coupons are as follows:

                       $ 12.00 Breakfast
                       $ 16.00 Lunch
                       $ 22.00 Dinner

Coupons are to be used for food items only. You must pay out of your own pocket for all alcoholic
beverages, non-food items and in excess of individual coupon value.
Do not combine meal coupons with other individuals. A separate check is needed for each coupon
used.
Meal coupons are valid only for the dates authorized and within the area issued.
The vendor will receive face value of meal coupon. No change will be given if the meal cost is less
than the coupon value.



Local Transportation
Transportation will be provided for resources while assigned to the Mat-Su Area. A state-owned or
rental vehicle may be assigned or transportation will be provided by Coastal Region Transportation.
Vehicles are for State business only. Individuals are responsible for parking tickets or any other
violations charged to the vehicle while in possession of it. Additional information for vehicle logs,
fueling etc. will be provided by the Transportation section.




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Alaska Division of Forestry                                                             Mat-Su Area




Timekeeping

ALL out-of-area or EFF personnel working in Mat-Su Area are required to document hours worked on a
Crew Time Report SF-261 (CTR) and submit it to their supervisor for authorization daily. Mat-Su
administrative staff will complete Emergency Firefighter Time Reports (OF-288) for each individual.
Before leaving the Area, individuals are to check with the administrative staff to review, close and sign
their OF-288.


Warehouse Issue

Fire supplies are issued by the Palmer Supply Facility (PSF). Mat-Su initial attack personnel may
obtain, with authorization, approved non-capitalized gear by providing a valid charge code and signing
for items through a warehouse employee. For capitalized gear, contact a warehouse manager (Jerri or
Keri). Some requests may need to be submitted on a resource order through dispatch. Warehouse
personnel will inform you if this is the case. A written request, with an authorized signature and charge
code, must be submitted to dispatch for a resource order to be written.
While in possession of equipment or clothing, YOU are responsible for its safekeeping, proper use,
maintenance and return. Be sure to get a receipt for any items you check out from Palmer and return at
an incident. You could be required to pay for items you do not return.
The resources staff usually distributes timber equipment and supplies.




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Alaska Division of Forestry                                                             Mat-Su Area

MEDICAL FACILITIES

HOSPITALS: There are six hospitals located in the Anchorage/Mat-Su Area. Three of these hospitals
are located in Anchorage, two are located on military bases, and one is located near the junction of the
Glenn and Parks Highways. Wasilla has an emergency treatment center for minor emergencies. The
hospital chosen depends on the nature of the emergency and the injured party's coverage and hospital
preference.
AMBULANCES are stationed in Anchorage, Palmer, Butte, Big Lake, Trapper Creek, Sutton, Wasilla,
Houston, Willow and Talkeetna.
AIR MEDEVACS: A LifeGuard BK-117C1 twin-engine medevac helicopter is available from Providence
Hospital in Anchorage and is staffed with two critical-care nurses equipped to handle two patients. The
LifeGuard helicopter requires a loading zone. LifeGuard and AK Regional Air Ambulance both have
fixed-wing medevac aircraft available. Aeromed (1-888-283-7220), a 24-hour private air ambulance
service, is located in Anchorage. The company operates 2 LearJets and a Cessna Citation and is
available for state- and world-wide operations.
BURN TREATMENT: There are currently no official Burn Units in Alaska. Outpatient or short-stay
burns may be treated in Alaska hospitals. Serious burns will be medevaced to the Regional Burn
Center at University of Washington Harborview Hospital in Seattle.
          HOSPITAL                       LAT/LONG                       ER                 PHONE (907)
                                                                   FREQ/ADDRESS
 ANCHORAGE              ANMC No heliport                       4315 Diplomacy Dr.       E.R.   729-1729
 AK Native Medical Center         Patient(s) may be                                     Admin 563-2662
                                  transported by helicopter
 Serves Alaska Natives and
                                  to PAMC then
 American Indians.
                                  transferred to ANMC
 ANCHORAGE              ARH                                    2801 DeBarr Road         E.R. 264-1222
 Alaska Regional Hospital         Heliport (20K)               * 155.160 simplex        Admin 276-1131
 Fixed Wing Air Ambulance -       N6112.71 X W14949.64         "AK Regional" on         Medevac
 to Merrill Field (MRI)                                        130.45 inbound 15        258-3822 or
                                  Merrill Field (MRI)
                                                               min. prior to arrival
                                  N6112.83 X W14950.92                                  800-478-9111
 ANCHORAGE              PAMC                                   3200 Providence Dr       LifeGuard
 Providence AK Med Center         Heliport (AK38)              * 155.160 simplex        907-258-3822 or
                                  N6111.37 X W14949.25                                  1-800-478-5433
 LifeGuard Air Ambulance -                                     "LifeGuard Base"
 Fixed & Rotor Wing                                            155.325 simplex or       E.R.   261-3111
                                                               122.725 15 min prior
                                                               to ETA
 WASILLA                  AIC     No heliport                  950 East Bogard Rd       352-2880
 AIC Urgent Care
 Minor emergencies
 7 days/week 0900-2100
 PALMER/Wasilla PVH                                                                     E.R. 861-6620
 Mat-Su Regional Med. Cntr                                     155.28                   Admin 861-6000

* Statewide EMS frequency 155.160 simplex


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Alaska Division of Forestry                                                               Mat-Su Area

RADIO COMMUNICATIONS

For a comprehensive list of all Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF), Alaska Fire Service (AFS), and US
Forest Service frequencies, refer to the current year Alaska Division of Forestry Frequency Guide Book
available from local fire warehouses and on the web at:
       http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/int/forestry/communications/.



AIRCRAFT FREQUENCIES
AIR GUARD (168.625 VHF-AM) is the primary statewide emergency frequency. It is programmed into
all interagency hand-held radios and dispatch consoles. For interagency use, employ in the following
manner:
     1) Air to Ground, Air to Air, Ground to Air contacts for safety
     2) Emergency air contact (when unable to contact anyone)
     3) Emergency diversion of aircraft to higher-priority incidents

AIR-TO-AIR (128.45 VHF-AM) All aircraft must monitor this frequency en route to and over all
incidents, and should attempt to contact any other aircraft working the incident when twelve nautical
miles out. If no contact is made at 12 NM, proceed to 7 NM out and hold. Continue attempting to
contact other aircraft on 128.45, and then on other possible frequencies. Hold at 7 NM until radio
contact is made.

AIR-TO-AIR Backup (133.45 VHF-AM)

AIR-TO-GROUND Statewide (132.45 VHF-AM) Primary flight following frequency. Monitored by all
DOF Area, Area and Logistics dispatch offices. Monitored only when Mat-Su Dispatch or Palmer
Airbase are staffed.


PALMER LOCAL GROUND (159.275 VHF-FM) Palmer AirTanker base ramp services include aircraft
parking, fueling, retardant loading and air cargo operations. Ramp personnel and Mat-Su Dispatch
monitor this frequency.

TACTICAL FREQUENCIES
TACTICAL AIR-TO-GROUND--Statewide Interagency (166.6375 TAC A/G) Primary interagency
frequency to communicate with aircraft over an incident and to coordinate ground-to-air radio traffic.

STATEWIDE COMMAND & CONTROL (155.295 DOF Ch 10) For incidents occurring on the
Anchorage Hillside and on large-scale incidents in the Mat-Su Borough, initial contact with structural fire
department units will be on Statewide Command and Control. On all risk incidents including fire
emergencies, its primary purpose will be linking command and supervisory personnel down to and
including division/group supervisors. Upon arrival at incident, contact command on 155.295 to receive
current in-use tactical frequencies. When utilizing other structure fire department (Mat-Su Borough or
Municipality of Anchorage) tactical frequencies, keep all transmissions brief.


INTERAGENCY TAC 1 (159.375) Interagency initial attack. To be used as a Scene of Action frequency
whenever there are multiple agencies involved. Interagency TAC 1 and TAC 2 are available for use by
any cooperator during I.A. of wildland incidents.

INTERAGENCY TAC 2 (172.225) Same as I.A. TAC 1 above.

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Alaska Division of Forestry                                                                Mat-Su Area



INITIAL ATTACK REPEATERS
The Mat-Su Area uses three initial attack repeater frequencies. Some "dead spots" occur throughout the
Area. The best repeater coverage by area is:

Channel “CHARLIE” Government Peak - TX 159.330/ RX 151.325/ CG 141.3 DOF
Coverage best south of Houston.

DOF Channel “BRAVO” Mt. Su - TX 159.300/ RX 151.295/ CG 141.3
Big Lake/Houston north to Trapper Creek

DOF “DELTA” Byers Lake - TX 159.345/ RX 151.280/ CG 141.3
North of Trapper Creek

When using repeater frequencies, always key the microphone for a long second before transmitting in
order for the signal to initiate the repeater. Otherwise, the beginning of your message will be cut short.

Dispatch Call Sign: "Mat-Su Dispatch" "Mat-Su Forestry" or “Palmer Base (for A/C use only)”


MAT-SU BOROUGH AREAWIDE REPEATER - TX 150.790/ RX 154.295/ CG 103.5
The 911 Mat-Su Borough emergency dispatch frequency monitored 24 hours a day.

 " 9G Base" will notify Mat-Su Dispatch of any need for DOF response. Forestry units can monitor 9G
Base for pertinent traffic, but radio traffic regarding the incident should go through Mat-Su Dispatch.
DOF units may contact 9G Base directly concerning non-wildfire emergencies such as structure fires,
car fires, accidents, or when helitack is performing a search and rescue. DOF personnel should identify
themselves as "Forestry" to 9G Base.




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Alaska Division of Forestry                                                                     Mat-Su Area




2006 MAT-SU AREA KING RADIO FREQUENCY LIST

                                     GROUP         Group 11
          GROUP 11 MSS
                                       11                             CG      USE
            Description                              TX/RX
                                     Display

  1*        DOF B Mt Su Rpt           DOFB       159.300/151.295      141.3            Seconday I.A.


  2*       Forestry Simplex A          SIMA          151.265                          PAQ ATB/Ramp


  3          Borough TAC 3             BTC3          154.190                        Borough Tactical Net


  4         Borough TAC 4              BTC4          154.340                        Borough Tactical Net


  5 *      DOF C Govt Pk Rpt          DOFC       159.330/151.325      141.3             Primary I.A.


  6          Borough TAC 6             BTC6          154.205                        Borough Tactical Net


  7*     DOF D Byers Lake Rpt         DOFD       159.345/151.280      141.3    Tactical Net / Secondary I.A.

                                                                                 Borough Areawide TAC
  8           Mutual Aid 1            MUT1           154.295
                                                                                       Simplex

  9*     Borough Areawide Rptr         9GB       150.790/154.295      103.5     Palmer PD 911 Dispatch


          Command and Control
  10                                   CnC           155.295                   Command Net / ANC Hillside



  11       Tactical Air/Ground        TCAG          166.6375                            Incident A/G                NB


  12       Interagency TAC 1           IAT1          159.375                      Statewide Tactical Net


  13       Interagency TAC 2           IAT2          172.225                      Statewide Tactical Net            NB

                                                                                  Statewide Interagency
  14 *         Air Guard              GARD           168.625
                                                                                       A/G & A/A



* These channels are monitored by Mat-Su Dispatch.




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Alaska Division of Forestry                                                              Mat-Su Area



MAT-SU AREA RESOURCES

There are sixteen initial attack technicians, a 20-person Type 1 crew (Pioneer Peak), and a 10 person
Type 2 crew (Mat-Su) assigned to the area. During the 2006 fire season, the Pioneer Peak crew is
contracted to the Municipality of Anchorage for mitigation project work in the Anchorage Hillside area.
The Mat-Su crew is contracted for mitigation project work to the Matanuska Borough. Both crews are
available for initial attack or other fire assignments from those locations.
The Area has one contract B-212, based at Palmer, on contract from April 17th to July 15th (unless
extended).
Other aircraft and firefighting resources including air tankers, helicopters, aerial supervision (ASM and
Air Attack), lead planes, and smokejumpers are available during the fire season and may be based at
Palmer when fire danger or activity warrants. Mat-Su Dispatch dispatches statewide tactical and logistic
aircraft resources located within the Area in addition to the Area’s aircraft.
Helicopters and logistic aircraft are identified by their "N" number. Lead planes and aerial supervision
aircraft are designated by the pilot designator (ex: Lead A-4 or ASM A-4) or last three digits of the
aircraft registration number (ex: A/A 39Q).
Engine identifiers begin with a letter that designates the area where the equipment is normally
stationed, the second digit represents the engine type, and the third is the unit number. For water
tenders and fuel trucks the second digit indicates a tender (8) or (9) for fuel trucks.



                                                             TANK
              TYPE       I.D.       DESCRIPTION            CAPACITY             CELL PHONE #
 ENGINE       W-3       M 31       8 T Freightliner 4 x 500 gal                 863-2009/355-5461
 ENGINE       W-3       M 32       8 T Ford 4 x 4       500 gal                 863-2012/355-7661
 ENGINE       W-3       M 33       8 T Ford 4 x 4       850 gal                 863-2010
 ENGINE       W-6       M 61       1 T Ford. 4 x 4      250 gal                 863-2013/355-5441
 ENGINE       W-6       M 64       1.5 T Ford. 4 x 4    250 gal                 863-2014/355-5440
 ENGINE       W-6       M 65       1.5 T Ford 4 x 4     325 gal                 863-2016
 ENGINE       W-7       M 71       ¾ T Dodge. 4 x 4    75     gal               863-2021
                                                                                841-9718 (FMO)
 ENGINE       W-7       M 72       ¾ T Dodge 4 x 4     75     gal
                                                                                841-9719 Prevention
 ENGINE       W-7       M 73       ¾ T Dodge 4 x 4     75     gal               863-2018 Prevention
 ENGINE       W-7       M 74       ¾ T GMC 4 x 4       75 gal
              N/A       Prev2      Suburban            N/A                      863-2017 Prevention
 TENDER       WT-2
                                                                                242-0994/440-9725
 Bell 212     Type 2    212EV      Bell Helicopter     324 gal Bambi
                                                                                240/7806




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Alaska Division of Forestry                                         Mat-Su Area

COOPERATOR FIRE SERVICES


MATANUSKA-SUSITNA VALLEY
SUTTON FIRE -STATION 11
Chief: Chuck Carver
Mile 61 Glenn Highway
P.O. Box 267
Sutton, Alaska 99674
Station Ph: 745-2738
Fax: 746-2691

BUTTE FIRE -STATION 21/22
Chief: Charles Von Gunten
21 -Mile 12 Old Glenn Hwy (William "Bud" Barnhard PSB)
    Phy: 3355 S Old Glenn Hwy
   Mail: HC02, Box 7574 Palmer
   Station Ph:745-4221
22 -Mile 5.0 Knik River Road (Steffes)
   Palmer, Alaska 99645-9708
   Station Ph: 746-7303 Fax: 746-2690

GREATER PALMER FIRE- STATIONS 31/32/33/34/35
Chief: Daniel M. Contini
231 W Evergreen Ave Palmer, AK 99645
Station Ph: 745-3271 Direct: 745-3830
Fax: 745-0930
31- 717 S. Cobb Street
32- 5955 Glenn Highway, ml 53 (Harold Stephan PSB)
33- 15855 E. Clark Road (Waller T Phillips PSB)
34- Palmer Airport 745-4430
 35- 8200 Turner Rd, Palmer Fishhook

CENTRAL MAT -SU FIRE DEPARTMENT- STATIONS 51/52/61/62/64/65
Chief: Acting – Michael Keenan
401 E. Heming,
Wasilla, Alaska 99654
51 -(DONALD BREEDEN PSB)
   Trunk Rd. & Parks Hwy 2151 STrunk Rd
   Station Ph:/Fax: 745-2494
52 -(MILNER "LES" MAYNARD PSB)
   Bogard Road & I 7731 E Bogard Rd
   Station Ph./Fax: 745-2228
61 -(JAKE WRIGHT PSB)
   401 E. Heming, Wasilla
   Station Ph: 373-8831 Fax: 376-2494
62 -Mile 6.9 KGB –
   Ph:/Fax: 376-3559
   4500 S Mainsail Ave
64- Pt. McKenzie
   PSB Mile 3.5 Pt. McKenzie Rd.
   Station Ph. 357-8844 Fax: 357-8845
65 -(COTTONWOOD PSB)
   680 N. Seward-Meridian Parkway
   Station Ph: 373-8830 Fax No: 376-0799


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Alaska Division of Forestry                                        Mat-Su Area


BIG LAKE/MEADOW LAKES FIRE (DISTRICT 2)-STATION 71/72/81/82
Chief: Bill Gamble/Gene Jones (Meadow Lakes)
P.O. Box 520869
Big Lake, Alaska 99652
Station 71 Address
P.O. Box 878389
Wasilla, Alaska 99687-8389
71 -Mile 2.5 Pittman Road
   Phy: 1685 N Pittman Rd
   Station Ph: 376-9790 Fax: 376-0280
72 -Mile 6.0 Pittman Road
   Phy: 5271 N Aycock Pl
81 -Mile 4.2 Big Lake Road (EDWARD BEECH PSS)
   3047 South Big Lake Rd
   Station Ph: 892-7750 Fax: 892-6281
82 -Horseshoe Lake (JACK HELMS)
   19151 W Penny Kay Ln
   Station Ph: 892-6255

CITY OF HOUSTON FIRE -STATION 91
Chief: John Hodge
Mile -57.5 Parks Highway
City Hall, P.O. Box 940027
Houston, Alaska 99694
Ph: H-892-6457 Fax: 892-6458

TALKEETNA FIRE – STATION 11-1/11-2
Chief: Ken Farina
P.O. Box 285
Talkeetna, Alaska 99676
Fax: 733-1009
11-1 -Mile 14.0 Talkeetna Spur Road (R.J. Jones PSB)
      Station Ph: 733-2443
11-2 -Mile 99 Parks Hwy
      Station Ph: 733-2260


WILLOW FIRE -STATION 12-1
Chief: Lance Barve
PO Box 177
Willow, AK 99688
Station Ph: 495-6728
Fax: 495-6783
12-1 -Mile 69.5 Parks Highway
12-2 -M. 38.5 Hatcher Pass Rd.


CHICKALOON VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
Chief: Eric Feige
PO Box 1145
Chickaloon, AK 99674
Station Ph: 745-7818
Fax No.: 745-7864



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Alaska Division of Forestry                                        Mat-Su Area


VICTORY VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT -STATION 15
Chief: Stan Gillespie
HC 03 Box 8392
Palmer, AK 99645
Station Ph: 745-4203
Fax No.: 745-4206

WOLVERINE VOL. FIRE DEPARTMENT
Chief: Scott Ogan
HC04 Box 9248
Palmer, Alaska 99645
Ph: 745-3300



ELMENDORF AF BASE/FT. RICHARDSON
JBEAR FIRE EMERGENCY SERVICES
Fire Chief: William Bennyhoff
11415 Fighter Drive
Elmendorf AFB, AK 99506
C-907-552-9479 FAX 552-1676



MUNICIPALITY OF ANCHORAGE
ANCHORAGE FIRE DEPARTMENT
Fire Chief, Craig Goodrich 267-4934
100 E. 4th. Avenue, Anchorage AK 99501-9510
LOBBY HOURS: Monday - Friday 6:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m

E-Mail: WWAFD@ci.anchorage.ak.us
Executive Assistant, 267-4936
Fax: 267-4977

Battalion One - North
#      Location
1      5th Ave. & C. St.
 3     1100 Airport Heights Rd.
 4     Tudor & MacInnes
 6     DeBarr & Patterson
11     Bottom of Eagle River Rd
14     Tudor & Baxter (NEW)

Battalion Two – South
#       Location
5       Spenard & McRae
7       Jewel Lake & W. 84th
 8      6151 O'Malley Rd.
 9      1148 Huffman Rd.
10      Top of Rabbit Creek Rd.

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Alaska Division of Forestry                                            Mat-Su Area


12      New Seward & Dimond
15      Klatt Road/Southport (NEW)


TRAINING DIVISION – STATION 3
1140 Airport Heights
Main Desk 267-5002
Fax: 279-2106


ANCHORAGE INT'L AIRPORT FIRE DEPARTMENT
6040 Dehaviland Ave
PO Box 190629
Anchorage, AK 99519-0629


CHUGIAK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
Chief: Bruce Bartley
P.O. Box 670363
Chugiak, AK 99567
Ph: 688-2686
Fax: 696-4850
Dispatch: 622-9111
Station #1 (Latimer): Mile 18.5 Old Glenn Highway
Station #2 (Birchwood): Inlet View Dr. off South Birchwood Loop Road
Station #3 (Hill): Settlers & Chugiak Dr. – North Peter’s Creek
Station #4 (Wallace): Birchwood Airport – North Birchwood Spur Road


GIRDWOOD VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
Chief: Bill Chadwick
P.O. Box 915
Girdwood, AK 99587
Ph: 783-2511
Fax: 783-3122


SOUTHFORK VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPARTMENT
Chief: Bill Fink - 696-8414
Mile 4 Hiland Road
HC 85 Box 9245
Eagle River, AK 99577-9401
Ph: 694-5533




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Alaska Division of Forestry                                                                 Mat-Su Area


INITIAL RESPONSE LEVEL POLICY

DOF Mat-Su Area has adopted the following terminology that is utilized throughout the Mat-Su Borough by local
structural fire departments and EMS. The standard dispatch condition for DOF engines is Code Yellow unless
Code Red is determined necessary by Dispatch or Operations personnel.


       CODE GREEN: No response is necessary – discontinue response
       CODE YELLOW: Respond without lights and sirens.
       CODE RED: Respond to incident using engine light bars and sirens.




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Alaska Division of Forestry                                                               Mat-Su Area



PREVENTION PROGRAM

The Mat-Su Area Prevention program is normally staffed by three personnel. Burn permits are required
April 1 – August 31st. Class A permits are no longer issued by the Area; in their place are general
permits. General permits are available to the public at any fire station and at the Mat-Su Area office.
Additional information is available at http://www.dnr.state.ak.us/forestry/fire/burnpermits.htm and
through the office at (761-6338) during regular administrative office hours. Class B and C permits
require an inspection by Prevention or delegated Operations personnel. Individuals wishing an
inspection should call 761-6305.

♦ Written warnings/citations are typically issued to all violators of a Burn Permit statute. A Preliminary
  Investigation Form is completed for all "Human" and "Unknown Cause" incidents. With the
  exception of the "Unknown Cause" or other "suspicious" activity, photos should be taken whenever
  possible. Photos, violation notices and/or Preliminary Investigation Forms will be submitted to the
  Area Prevention Officer as soon as possible for processing. These procedures will enable us to
  track, and when necessary, prosecute repeat offenders.
♦ With few exceptions, a Prevention Officer shall be available to respond to incidents for
  investigation/enforcement action 24 hours per day, 7 days per week if requested by the I.C., the
  Duty Officer, or by other cooperating agencies. If a prevention officer response is delayed and the
  I.C. feels a follow-up investigation is necessary, the I.C. should provide as much detailed
  information as possible on the Preliminary Investigation Form. Include a rough map and 35mm
  photos; digital photos may not be admissible in court. Keep in mind that once fire personnel leave
  the scene of a stable incident with the fire either declared out or turned over to the landowner, a
  landowner can refuse entry of fire personnel for investigation purposes unless there is a new threat
  or complaint.
♦ Burn Permits, burn permit information, violation notices and brochures are currently available.
  Budget dollars for replacements are not. Use what you need responsibly.
♦ For additional information on the Mat-Su Area fire prevention program, enforcement and
  investigation procedures, obtain a guidebook from a prevention officer.
♦ If you have an idea that you feel will improve the prevention program, please pass it along to Tom
  Greiling, Lead Prevention Officer.




TERMINOLOGY


A BURN SUSPENSION is not the same thing as a BURN BAN.
Burn Suspension (burn permit suspension) applies to permitted burns only (General, B or C issued by
the State Division of Forestry) and is issued by the Division of Forestry Mat-Su Area. Warming fires,
campfires and approved burn barrels do not require a permit and are therefore allowed during a burn
permit suspension.
A Burn Ban is a ban on all open burning and includes warming fires, campfires and approved burn
barrels. This only occurs during the highest of fire dangers and requires all fires to be extinguished
immediately. Burn Bans are implemented/rescinded by the Commissioner of Natural Resources or
their designee (State Forester) and may take multiple days to implement.




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Alaska Division of Forestry                                                             Mat-Su Area

AVIATION


PALMER AIR BASE

   •   The Division of Forestry Palmer Airbase Facility is located on the northwest side of Palmer
       Municipal Airport (PAQ/PAAQ).

           - Three large green-roofed buildings (Administrative, Supply Facility/Mat-Su Operations and
           Aircraft Hanger) are located on the site and are visible from the air.

           - The Mat-Su Area Logistics office provides dispatch and coordination for Palmer airbase
           fixed-wing operations. The call sign is "Palmer Base". The primary frequency for contact is
           132.45, the primary air-to-ground frequency.

           - The helibase, aircraft ramp and retardant site are located adjacent to approach end of
           Runway 16.

           - Mat-Su Area has one contract B-212 helicopter based at PAQ for initial attack and support
           April-July. A DC-6 airtanker is based at PAQ (May-July) as well as the Division of Forestry
           Aviation hanger. The Division’s aircraft include: 2 PC-7 Lead/ASM aircraft, a DHC-2 Beaver,
           and an AC-500S Aerocommander. These and other aircraft may be operating out of Palmer
           Airbase from March to October.

   •   Palmer Airport (PAQ/PAAQ)

               - PAQ is uncontrolled – CTAF/FSS 123.6, ASOS 134.75

               - Palmer FSS provides advisory information Monday-Thursday 1000-1800 local and
               Friday – Sunday from 0600 to 2130 local. The local phone number is 745-2495. (Kenai
               FSS 1-800-992-2733) / ASOS 134.75, 746-6675.

               - Additional information regarding the airport can be found in the Alaska Supplement or
               on the internet at http://www.airnav.com/airport/PAQ.


   •   Reference Phone Numbers:

       Regional Aviation Manager          Dennis Ricker                   761-6229
       Helibase Ops Office                Greg Scully                     761-6321
       F/W Ramp Manager                   Dale Alter                      761-6326
       F/W Flight Crew Standby Area                                       761-6277
       Mat-Su Logistics                                                   761-6240
              Palmer Base Dispatch & Flight Following                     761-6239 / 877-684-5630




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Alaska Division of Forestry                                                          Mat-Su Area



MAT-SU AREA AIRPORTS
               AIRPORTS                        LAT/LONG            ELEV      LONGEST
                                                                             RUNWAY
 ANCHORAGE INT’L                              6110 X 14959         110     11,600’ Asphalt
 (ANC/PANC)
 CT 118.3/ATIS 118.4
 BIG LAKE AIRPORT                             6132 X 14948         150      2,400’ Gravel
 (BGQ)
 CTAF 122.8
 BIRCHWOOD AIRPORT                            6125 X 14930          96      4,000’ Asphalt
 (BCV/PABV)
 CTAF 123.0
 MERRILL FIELD                                6113 X 14950         137      4,000’ Asphalt
 (MRI/PAMR)
 CT 126.0/ATIS 123.7
 PALMER MUNICIPAL                             6136 X 14905         232      6,000’ Asphalt
 (PAQ/PAAQ)
 CTAF 123.6/ASOS 134.75
 Palmer Flight Service 745-2495
 SKWENTNA AIRPORT                             6158 X 15111         148      3,400’ Gravel
 (SKW/PASW)
 CTAF 122.9
 TALKEETNA AIRPORT                            6219X 15005          358      3,500’ Asphalt
 (TKA/PATK)
 CTAF 123.6/ASOS 135.2/Unicom
 123.0
 Talkeetna Flight Service 733-2277
 WASILLA AIRPORT                              6134 X 14932         348      3,700’ Asphalt
 (IYS/PAWS)
 CTAF 122.8/AWOS 135.25
 WILLOW AIRPORT                               6145 X 15003         221      4,400’ Gravel
 (UUO/PAVI)
 CTAF 122.8

Note: The Big Lake, Willow, and Skwentna airports are not monitored and should be used with caution.
Do visual checks of the runways before landing.




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Alaska Division of Forestry                                                                 Mat-Su Area



MAT-SU AREA HAZARDS
Palmer Area: Local hazard conditions include high winds (in excess of 30 mph) and decreased
visibility due to airborne silt. Flocks of gulls and ravens year-round and migratory waterfowl are
frequently in the area during the spring and fall. Ultra-lights, gliders, and experimental aircraft
frequently operate in and out of Palmer airport.

Skydiving Activity: A private group conducts skydiving activities from a private grass strip located at
149 22.00 x 61 33.30. The site is usually active on or about April 15th – November 1st f0900-2100.
The group utilizes 122.8 and the call sign "Skydiving Center". Ref: BGQ VOR 67o radial at 17 nm;
Palmer (PAQ) 230o bearing at 8 nm; Wasilla (IYS) 070o bearing at 5 nm; and ½ mile directly south of
new Wal-Mart in Wasilla.

Wasilla Area: Be aware of floatplanes approaching and departing from area lakes. Numerous "Cub
strips" also exist in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Watch out for non-radio aircraft!

Pt. Mackenzie/Big Lake Area: This area is a major approach and departure route for aircraft en route
to/from Anchorage. It is also used as a training area for student pilots and military flights.

Knik River and King River: Beware of cables. - See aeronautical chart for updates.

Military Training: Fort Richardson Army Base and Elmendorf Air Force Base initiate training and
military exercise flights from their location, north east of Anchorage in addition to routine missions.
Current military exercise schedule information can be found at:
http://www.elmendorf.af.mil/11af/611aog/611aos/webdocs/SUAIS/suais.htm.



FLIGHT FOLLOWING AND COORDINATION
Mat-Su Area Dispatch is responsible for the dispatch and flight following of all logistic and tactical
agency aircraft operating out of the Palmer Airbase facility and within the Mat-Su Area. This includes
statewide aerial resources and initial attack helicopters as well as aircraft on logistical missions.

♦ All fixed wing aircraft inbound to or outbound from the Forestry Facility should contact "Palmer
  Base". Inbound aircraft are to report fifteen minutes prior to landing and indicate if fuel is requested.
  Rotor wing aircraft inbound or outbound to the helibase should contact “Mat-Su”.
       - Fixed-wing Air-to-Ground 132.45 (VHF-AM)
       - Rotor-wing DOF CHARLIE 159.330/ Rx 151.325 (VHF-FM)

♦ Outbound flights are encouraged to provide their flight information prior to take-off via landline or
  handheld. Flight crews may simply state, "activate the flight plan" after take-off.

♦ With agreement between Dispatch and flight crews prior to departure, equipped aircraft may follow
  Automated Flight Following (AFF) procedures. Aircraft are still required to monitor appropriate
  frequencies while enroute.

♦ Division of Forestry (DOF) Flight Plan/Flight Information consists of:

   ♦   Aircraft registration / Call Sign
   ♦   Number of "souls on board" (SOB's)
   ♦   Amount of "fuel on board" (FOB) in hours
   ♦   Estimated Time Enroute (ETE)

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Alaska Division of Forestry                                                                Mat-Su Area


   ♦ Destination


   ♦ All aircraft, except those on AFF, are required to make check-ins (every 30 minutes for
     logistic/point-to-point missions, every 20 minutes for tactical missions). AFF aircraft will be
     monitored and flight followed between dispatch offices. In addition, departure and prior-to-
     landing reports are required for all aircraft.




FIXED WING OPERATIONS
F/W Aircraft Parking:

Two airtanker-loading pits (#1 - 2) and 10 aircraft tie downs (#3-12) are located on the facility’s ramp.
The retardant pits are located in the southeast corner of the ramp. Use caution when taxiing to/from
other parking. Refer to the attached map or contact “Palmer Ramp” for assistance.


Aircraft Fueling:

♦ Fuel requests should be made to dispatch where they will be prioritized based on activity and
  aircraft mission.

♦ Colville Fuel provides services by contract, from April 15th – August 31st. Flight crews must
  provide appropriate charge codes and sign a fuel issue log (OAS-59) to receive fuel. Fuel receipts
  will be generated indicating type and amount of fuel delivered.

♦ Two fuel trucks (Avgas 100LL – 4,800 gallons and Jet – 4,800 gallons) are available regularly 0700-
  1800 Monday – Friday and after hours on an as needed basis.

♦ The pilot or flight crewmember must be present during fueling operations.


Aircraft Manifesting and Flight Records:

♦ Ramp personnel will manifest all logistic aircraft departing the Palmer Airbase ramp.

♦ OAS-23’s and State Flight Records can be signed by Dennis Ricker or other persons with the
  appropriate authority.




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Alaska Division of Forestry                                                                Mat-Su Area


MAT-SU HELIBASE
Daily Schedule

       0900-0930      Helitack Readiness
           •   Manifest
           •   Load Calculation
           •   Weight & Balance
           •   Daily Check of IA Load
           •   Brief Pilot on Mission & Haz-Mat (Relief pilot will get full area briefing)
           •   Brief Helitack Crew on Pre-Flight, In-Flight, and Incident Assignment’s and Duties
           •   Check Flight Log For Completeness
           •   PIC Haz-Mat Notification

       0930-1100 PT

       1100-1130 Daily Briefing (IA Pilots must attend)
          • Daily WX
          • Fire Indices and Staffing Level
          • State & National Situation Reports
          • Available Statewide Resources
          • Prevention Updates
          • Operational Assignments
          • FMO Message
          • Six Minutes For Safety

       1130-1700 Daily Projects and/or Training as Assigned
       All Palmer I.A. and helitack personnel will utilize standby time productively. If you are not
       assigned a project please ask your direct supervisor for suggestions. I am positive we
       can come up with something.




  Starting April 17th, Palmer Helibase will be staffed with one Bell 212 w/ pilot and mechanic. All
  contracted aircraft and personnel meet OAS standards and carding. The standard I.A. load
  consists of a contract pilot, helitack foreman, and three to five helitack crewmembers. Every
  load will have at attempt to have one local Forest Tech III (Foreman) or a Forest Tech II (lead
  crew) and the remaining load will be made up of qualified EFF and Technicians as fire danger
  and staffing levels determine. During times of high fire danger there may be opportunities to
  have Call When Needed/Rental Offer or outside agency aircraft brought in to supplement the
  initial attack force. Every attempt will be made to have at least one local Technician assigned
  to these aircraft to provide local knowledge and operating procedures. Unless Rental Offer
  Aircraft has an insured seat, the assigned manager will remain at Palmer helibase while
  helicopter is in use.




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Alaska Division of Forestry                                                                  Mat-Su Area




Helibase Pilot Orientation Information

Upon arrival to the Palmer Helibase, the incoming pilot will receive a thorough briefing from the
designated Helibase Manager or Helitack Foreman. The briefing will consist of the area hazards,
policies, and SOG’s.
The briefing and attached information will include the following:


   •   2007 DOF Frequency Guide
       Supply pilot with current version of Frequency Guide Book. Advise which group Mat-Su area
       works from and assist with loading frequencies as requested. Review common frequencies and
       their use. Remember to use tones where required. Check all frequencies (TX and RX) before
       assigning mission.


   •   Mat-Su Area Orientation Guide
       Supply pilot with current version of Orientation Guide. Review Aviation section which includes
       airports & descriptions, area hazards, fueling procedures and available fueling locations, flight
       following, and lodging and transportation availability if needed. Notify Mat-Su Dispatch if lodging
       or transportation is needed.


   •   Mat-Su Helitack SOG’s
       Supply pilot with copy.


   •   Thorough briefing of the hazard map found on wall in Helitack Office. Brief on local Hazard
       maps and an aeronautical chart with MOA’s and contact numbers. Advise of location of
       skydiving school and local towers.


   •   TFR’s in place
       Advise pilot of known TFR’s. Check notams daily for updated information.


   •   Take off and landing patterns
       Due to high-density population surrounding airport we have had requests to maintain as much
       elevation as possible when flying over houses to the North and South. When departing fly south
       to the East West strip and gain elevation from there.


   •   Local congested flight areas
       Palmer to Anchorage route, Pt. Mac., Big Lake, Merrill Field, Military Bases.


   •   State Air to Air Frequency 128.45
       All State Aircraft are required to use the 12 and 7 rule. When approaching fire Airspace contact
       other State Aircraft over incident on 128.45 at 12 nautical miles out, if unable to make contact
       hold at 7 nautical miles until contact is made. If your aircraft is first on scene call into the blind
       on same frequency “To any aircraft over the Pt. Mac incident - Helicopter_________on 128.45
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Alaska Division of Forestry                                                                Mat-Su Area


       we will be entering the fire area.”


   •   Communication Procedures
       Brief on expectations and task sharing with radios. Go over how the radios and frequencies will
       be divided among the flight crew. Avoid task saturation. Example: Left front to handle all FM
       Traffic, pilot to handle all Victor traffic.


   •   Other Aircraft assigned to Area
       Additional aircraft working in area, tankers, air attack, or recon flights that may be taking place.


   •   Response Times
       Preparedness Levels 3 - 5 require a five-minute response time to lift off. A one-hour call-back
       may be considered at Preparedness Level 1 – 2.




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Alaska Division of Forestry                                            Mat-Su Area


PALMER AIRPORT AERIAL VIEW




                                                     Alaska Division
                                                       of Forestry
                                                         Facility




                                                                           photo taken in 2003




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Alaska Division of Forestry                                                                        Mat-Su Area




PALMER AIRBASE FACILITY AERIAL VIEW


                                               Retardant Tanks
                                                                                              100’ Tower


                                                                                                       Powerlines
                   Retardant Pits


                                                                 Aviation Hanger




                                                                            F/W Tie-downs

                                                                                                   Admin. Building




                                                                 MSS Ops                    Palmer
                                        Helibase                                            Supply
             S                                                                              Facility



     E               W


                                                                           Engine Bays
            N




                                                                                                           photo taken in 2002




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Alaska Division of Forestry                                        Mat-Su Area


MAT-SU AREA BOUNDARY AND FIRE PROTECTION MAP

                    Mat-Su Area




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