Behind Consolidation of Reno and Salt Lake’s Fire Centers

The Western Great Basin Coordination and Eastern Great Basin Centers will merged into a new facility in Salt Lake City. The Bureau of Land Management says the move will save money and improve response times.

The centers, in Reno and Salt Lake City, are responsible for mobilizing resources for wild land fire, prescribed fire and other all-hazard incidents primarily in Nevada, Utah and southern Idaho, plus small portions of California, Wyoming and Arizona. The coordination centers are two of eleven such organizations throughout the country.

There are also eleven Federal Emergency Management Administration regions, too, though the mapping at present is different. FEMA is overseen by the Department of Homeland Security.

Couple this to the newly opened Utah Data Center, also known as the Intelligence Community Comprehensive National Cybersecurity Initiative Data Center, and one has to wonder what is behind the consolidation. Finally, the new fire center will be only 23 miles north the data center.

The target start-up date for the new Great Basin Geographic Area Coordination Center’s is April 2014.

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