Great Basin Coordination Centers to merge

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GAAC mapThe Eastern Great Basin and Western Great Basin Coordination Centers will merge and be located in a new facility in Salt Lake City. The federal agencies involved say the consolidation will save money and improve response time in getting resources to wildfires and other incidents. The centers, currently located in Salt Lake City and Reno, are responsible for mobilizing resources for wildland fire, prescribed fire and other all-hazard incidents primarily in Nevada, Utah and southern Idaho, plus small portions of California, Wyoming and Arizona.

The decision to consolidate was made after a study by the participating agencies that examined criteria including the safety of the public and firefighters; providing services at the same or higher level than the two existing organizations; proximity to other offices and an airport; minimal disruption to employees; technological capabilities; and overall efficiency. The consolidation will save about $305,000 a year after one-time moving expenses and will affect up to five employees in Reno, all of whom will be offered positions at the new center.

The coordination centers are two of eleven such organizations throughout the country. The centers also provide intelligence and meteorological products to wildfire personnel. Participating agencies include the states of Nevada, Utah and Idaho; BLM; the Forest Service; Bureau of Indian Affairs; National Park Service; and the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Five options were considered, ranging from status quo to consolidating facilities in Salt Lake City, Reno or Boise.

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


Our thoughts

I always thought it was strange that the Great Basin was divided into basically two Geographic Area Coordination Centers —  and, that California is broken up into two as well. How long do you think it will before California’s North Zone and South Zone merge?

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.

3 thoughts on “Great Basin Coordination Centers to merge”

  1. Going by ecosystem type, it’d make more sense for Northern California to merge with Southern Oregon to form the State of Jefferson Coordination Center.

  2. Back when when a friend of mine and old boss was center manager of Great Basin Coordination Center I never figured out why it split apart except for some kind of internal political reasons that didn’t make since after he retired.


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