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PARTICIPANTS MUST CONSULT THIS PAGE FOR PLAN UPDATES,    AFTER ACTION REPORTS (FIRES, LOST PERSON SEARCH, POWER OUTAGES, SNOW STORMS, ...); PRACTICE NETS, DRILLS,   ETC..

As of 1/27/2022, the Emergency Radio Operations Center TEAM approach was adopted.

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Prior reports and after action:   003   002  001

 
 
02/04/2023 (approx 0954 hours): Silent Monitoring Cal fire 20 - flue Fire

Cal Fire tone out - Flu Fire 31360 Whispering Meadow Court (Cross Emigrant Trl). "Meadow Incident" / Tac 11.  In appr area of  -121.884   40.495. Approx  1.34 miles  E by SE from Center of Village. SER Net silent monitoring activated.

Cal Fire Call outs:  E 2463,  Bat 2411,,  E 2453 (responding 0856 hours);  Prevention,  Stn 21 Equip., Stn 20 Equip.,  WT 21 ... .    Report: ... Single Family Dwelling smoke in chimney ... Follow up report: No stove fire  Hot stove pipe ... Cal Fire cancelled approx 1002 hours.  SER Silent Monitoring deactivated approx.  1003 hours.

02/03/2023  (760 Repeater ): The keying,  malicious interference (including the transmitting of  false emergency alert  tones) has continued on the repeater frequencies. Accordingly, the decision has now been made that changes to the repeater are required in order to be able to use this asset for emergency communications. Only selected stations will receive the updated frequency information. Active radio participation in the SER Net Plan is one of the criteria for receiving the new frequency information. 

The above hopefully will  allow the repeater to be placed back into service by those AREAS which are actively participating in the SER Program. Active participation includes: radio reporting during weekly practice nets, doing your best to monitor  24/7, and radio response to SER radio activity, etc... . At present, we have not been able to  use this Large Area Asset due to the malicious interference. 

Evidence indicates that a Ham operator is one of the persons involved in causing the malicious interference and destruction of this emergency communications plan asset.

DATE OF NET OPERATIONS:   02  /  02  /  2023     1900 HOURS     Practice Net.

Total Net time 12 minutes; Divisions reporting 2;  Areas Reporting  3;   total stations participating 23 (with 16 reports).

See copy of Report HERE

Also, Advisory / Information from Village B1:  Village Firewise seeking grant money for free Tree removal (dead /dying ...). People must go to link provided to show interest, otherwise monies will go to other Areas.  

HERE IS THE LINK TO THE FORM THAT MUST BE FILLED OUT

 

02/02/2023  approx 1720 hours Frontier Landline problems - had dial tone but when attempted to dial out received a fast busy signal. Stations reported problem. Within a couple of minutes problem appeared to be  resolved. Thus, appears intermitant land line failure. Stations reporting: VL: B6  F1 F7  I1. MW;  MW1 MW3.  
01/31/2023 - approx 0840 hours Village experiencing Frontier Land Line Failure and Frontier Internet Failure. Outage lasted a very short time. It was intermittent, then approx 0844 hours (all within 5 minutes) all stations revised reports that both Land Lines and Internet were functioning.

Village Reports: S6  F1  I1  F8  B1 T10.

Midway reported - never lost land line or internet during above period.

01/30/2023  updates on repair of Bambi Water Well situation.  Water Services returned (afternoon).  TX on EROC 9  (per Water Company) - No need to boil water and any smell of chlorine is temporary due to repairs.
01/29/2023  1400 hour - Village Water Well problems.  Village C6  transmitted on EROC 9 that the Bambi Water Well Pump is having repairs done. Request made that  residents of Shasta Forest Village limit their water use while repairs in process. Water Company is to advise when repairs completed (Monday is target date for completion).

Thank you Charlie 6  - Great Job! 

01  26 2023  DRILL SMOKE CHECK   (1900 HOURS)

Frequency:  EROC 9  (alert Tone Out)

Tacticals  Activated:  Net Control (B1);  Triangulation (PDS);  Cal Fire 20 (F7);  160 TC (PDS); and ROVER (S6 / S7). (also 58 Silent  (PDS))

STATIONS PROVIDING SMOKE CHECK REPORTS (FORMAT TANGO 4):  

[ We used these Sample Drill Reports (starting at second page of document)- HERE]

VILLAGE  (QTH B REPORTS):  F1 F2  S6  S7  E1 F2 F8  S1  S2  B1     = .   10

MIDWAY  AREA SUMMARY (QTB N REPORT)  

                           (neighborhood summary / average).                                        4

Long Hollow                                                                                                  --

QXX:  VL  C2     MW: MW-1;                                                                     =    2

TOTAL PARTICIPATING STATIONS                                                         16         

During drill a brief lesson plan explanation was given  - introduction of  "ROVER".

More stations gave Tango 4 reports this week.  That is good.  This allows stations to practice the format of their reports and how to give the reports. Every station needs to do this so it become "second nature".

After Action / Plan improvements:  Triangulation is to FIRST request stations with visual fire smoke or smoke odor reports. These Mapping tags are to be  marked in red (Fill in ARROW on side of slip from which wind is sourced). Triangulation is to IMMEDIATELY post such slips to map. If area of concern is indicated then immediatley dispatch  search team (e.g., Bambi Search,  Thumper Search, etc...). While the Search Team(s) is / are working, Triangulation continues taking all other reports and mapping.

Triangulation could not copy  Midway report. S6 provided relay of report from Midway to Triangulation. Great job S6 (any station should step up and help with relays).

What if you don't smell smoke? Remember:  the reports of stations that do NOT smell any smoke, etc.. are  CRITICAL to the process of seeking to locate a suspect area which is the source of the smoke (fire).

TOTAL SMOKE CHECK NET TIME:  12 MINUTES.

Great Job.

  * Inwood was invited to join into the Smoke Check exercises - however, didn't do so this week. Hopefully, they will relay through their Ham next week.

01  19 2023  DRILL SMOKE CHECK   (1900 HOURS)

 Frequency:  EROC 9  (alert Tone Out)

Tacticals  Activated:  Net Control;  Triangulation;  Cal Fire 20; and 160 TC.

 STATIONS PARTICIPATING (CHECK INS): 

Village:  F1, F7  F8  F2  T10  C1  B6  B1  S6  S7  S3 = 11

Midway:                                                                      3

QXX:  MW: MW-1;  VL:  S1  S2.    RA:  MWM     =    4

TOTAL PARTICIPATING STATIONS                    18

 STATIONS PROVIDING SMOKE CHECK REPORTS (FORMAT TANGO 4):

VILLAGE  (QTH B REPORTS):  F8  F2;    C1;  B1;  B6;  AND  F1  F7.

MIDWAY  AREA SUMMARY (QTB N REPORT)  (neighborhood summary / average).                 

 During drill a brief lesson plan explanation was given.  Scripted smoke check reports were provided for this session to allow stations to “refresh” themselves on how to report, and the specific procedures. Also, the Triangulation station and Net Control were testing a revised mapping system. This is part of the background work being done that people don’t hear.

 Also, a brief overview of the response to the Midway Emergency Medical Situation was given. Monitoring Cal Fire 20 allowed alerting of situation – male, age __, non responsive, [address]. Midway neighbors (Radio Operators) made an all hands on deck response.  This included:  a nurse going to the scene; another person responded with a Defibrillator; and another person positioned himself on the street to guide Cal Fire and the Ambulance to the exact location. All of that was done BEFORE Cal Fire and the Ambulance arrived.  Please keep Ron and his wife in our prayers and may he make a full recovery!

 RESULTS OF SMOKE CHECK TRIANGULATION: 

The Drill identified a potential area to search for Drill Smoke. It was located in the South Easterly  Corner of  Village (and extending south Easterly from such area).

 SEE   Image of Triangulation Station Mapping  - here: http://www.shastadefense.com/Drill%202023%2001%2018%20Version%20Smoke%20Check.jpg

 TRIANGULATION RECOMMENDATIONS:

 1. REQUEST VOLUNTEER TEAM*  TO DRIVE TO BAMBI AND DO A SEARCH (TACTICAL  “SEARCH 1”);

  2. REQUEST  A  SECOND VOLUNTEER TEAM* TO DRIVE TO HIGHWAY 44 AND DO A SEARCH HEADING EAST BOUND ON HIGHWAY 44  (TACTICAL  “SEARCH 2”) (50 WATT HAM RADIO PREFERABLE DUE TO DISTANCE … ); 

 3.  MAKE SUPPLEMENTAL CALL TO 911 (CAL FIRE) AND ADVISE OF POTENTIAL SOURCE AREA OF SMOKE SO CAL FIRE CAN GO DIRECTLY TO THE POTENTIAL THREAT AREA;  AND

 4.  REQUEST STATIONS ON BAMBI NEAR THE WATER COMPANY TO  GO OUTSIDE AND DO A SEARCH.

 *MOBILE TEAMS ARE TWO PERSON TEAMS, A DRIVER (FOCUS IS ON DRIVING, WATCHING OUT FOR PEDESTRIANS AND EMERGENCY RESPONDERS);  AND A #2 PERSON WHO IS THE OBSERVER AND RADIO OPERATOR.   SEARCH TEAMS TO MAINTAIN RADIO CONTACT AND USE THEIR ASSIGNED TACTICALS (E.G., SEARCH 1;  SEARCH 2).  ALSO, WHEN A SEARCH TEAM RETURNS HOME, THEY MUST  CHECK IN WITH NET CONTROL TO CONFIRM  THEY ARE HOME AND SAFE.

 ALL OF ABOVE COMPLETED IN APPROX. 16 MINUTES.  GREAT JOB!

 
1/19/2023- VILLAGE  - AREA OUTAGE - FRONTIER INTERNET  ACCOMPANIED BY CELL PHONE FAILURE (AND OR NON RELIABLE SERVICE FOR CELL PHONES).

 1010  HOURS - INTERNET FAILURE REPORTED ON EROC 9 BY S6.  VILLAGE STATIONS CONFIRMED OUTAGE: T10  F1  F7  F8  S3 B6 (REPORTED 200 plus customers impacted). Cell phone services not working combined and/or on and off - not reliable F1  F7  ...

 1522 hours: Internet / cell services returned to operational Reporting   F7  S3  S2  S9. B6   F8    S6  B1 (in person).

Midway reported intenet operational. Long Hollow - no report.

 

1/18/2023  Preparation for SMOKE CHECK DRILL on Thursday - USING FORMAT TANGO 4

Purpose of Drill - you smell smoke at 2:00 A.M. - where is it?  You called Cal fire and told them you are in the Village (or whatever your area is).  When they arrive they are going to drive street by street to find the source of smoke. We can do that work by radio!  We can then provide a supplemental  report to Cal Fire so when they arrive they are directed to the potential source of the smoke. 

For this DRILL just focus on the report which you are to make.
Link containing instructions and YOUR DRILL REPORT IS HERE
Please review the above which is your focus - just find your report.
Links in the above document are also here:

A. YOU ARE GIVING A REPORT FOR EACH COLUMN ON FORMAT TANGO 4  (HERE).

 

ALSO, HERE IS A SAMPLE REPORT YOU WOULD FILL OUT FOR YOURSELF (HERE) http://www.shastadefense.com/A-FmtTango%204%20%20SMOKE%20CHECK%20-%20KEY%20OVERVIEW.pdf

           

B. This Format is for TRIANGULATION AND NET CONTROL. THE TRIANGULATION STATION IS FILLING OUT REPORTS AND THEN WILL POST THEM TO AREA MAP FOR ANALYSIS.  TRIANGULATION IS USING THIS CURRENT TEST FORMAT (HERE)   http://www.shastadefense.com/AA%20FMT%20TANGO%204%20TRIANG%20MAP%20SLIPS%202023%2001%20%2017.pdf

Nathan
Incident - Continuing Frontier Land Line Failure (no Dial Tone ) Village. Impact: PUBLIC SAFETY AND NON ABILITY TO DIAL 911. OUTAGE STATUS: 

1 /15/2023   1120 hours - no dial tone

1/15/2023   1825 hours - FRONTIER LAND LINE - STILL NO DIAL TONE

1/16/2023   0915 hours  through  2227  hours  - FRONTIER LAND LINE - STILL NO DIAL TONE

1/17/2023   0515 hours   through 0923 hours   -  FRONTIER LAND LINE - STILL NO DIAL TONE

1/17/2023   1042 hours  F4 advised his Frontier Land Line now Operational (via phone message).

1/17/2023  1410 hours  F1 confirmed with other Village Stations Frontier Land Line now Operational - reporting S6  F8  S1 no stations reported otherwise..

ACTION DURING SUCH OUTAGES: STATIONS UNABLE TO DIAL 911 - REPORT ON EROC 9 AND REQUEST 911 RELAY. ANY STATION SHOULD IMMEDIATELY HANDLES EMERGENCY TRAFFIC RELAY REQUEST. 

 

INCIDENT    1 / 15/ 2023 - FRONTIER LAND LINE FAILURE - VILLAGE  (Area with approx 400 homes)  (1120 HOURS DISCOVERED).

FRONTIER LAND LINE FAILURE - NO DIAL TONE.  Stations responding on EROC 9:

    VILLAGE (ALL STATIONS RESPONDED NO DIAL TONE):  F1  F7  B6  S6  S1  S3  S9  I1.   LATER:  E1

    MIDWAY:  MW 3 - responded land line operational.

    LONG HOLLLOW:  - responded land line opertional 

IMPACT - AREA OUTAGE APPARENTLY LIMITED TO VILLAGE: No ability to call 911 for those who only have Frontier Land Line.  Any station with emergency traffic, use EROC 9 and request relay call to 911.

Also, K6PDS Used EROC 58 (HAM - (high power) in attempt  to reach other Shingletown Hams as to status of their areas - no response (at the time seeking more information to provide to Frontier).

NOTE:  F1 / K6PDS Contacted Frontier - 3 calls about 1 1/2 hours. ... this included my giving  Frontier a phone number for another village resident, as they requested.   But, the Supervisor at Frontier then lied to me about the status of other areas having outages (he claimed a large amount of outages in our area - other than the Village). When I requested that he actually check Shasta County, he then came back and said there were none. The Supervisor at Frontier then falsified the Frontier reporting documentation and stated there was no area outage for my Area.  A prior Frontier representative stated that there was an Area Outage, and apparently the Frontier Supervisor went in and modified and falsified the Frontier records to show no Area outage (in my final call the reference to an Area Outage had been removed from the Frontier system).  I spent about 1 1/2 hour on this with Frontier.

I understand that at least 4 Village stations called Frontier and reported the NO DIAL TONE.  Frontier denied there was an area outage for them also. Unknown how many others contacted Frontier and reported Area Outage..

Status updates: 

1/15/2023   1825 hours - FRONTIER LAND LINE - NO DIAL TONE

1/16/2023   0915 hours  1142 hours  - FRONTIER LAND LINE - NO DIAL TONE

see running status report - above (i.e., next entry).

 

DATE OF NET OPERATIONS:   01  /  12  /  2023     1900 HOURS     Practice Net.

Total Net time 12 minutes; Divisions reporting 2;  Areas Reporting  3;   total stations participating 19 (16 reports).

See copy of Report HERE

 
DATE OF NET OPERATIONS:   01  /  05 /  2023     1900 HOURS     Practice Net.

Total Net time 12 minutes; Divisions reporting 3;  Areas Reporting  4; total stations participating 23 (17 reports).

See copy of Report HERE

 

SER  - YEAR 2022 ACTIVITY REPORT  - HERE

 

01/02/2023   2029 hours - Cal fire Tone out - Highway 44    -   2 miles East of Viola Sign "fresh tracks".  Units responding included: Util 44;  Engine 220;  Patrol 244;  Engine 520;  Util 44;  Patrol 244l  Med 115l  Rescue 220  .... Chp website shows in area of Brokeoff Meadows and Highway 44.  unit 220 ... investigating  up to mile marker 45.5 UTL - tracks from prior incident. Incident cancelled. SER silent monitoring deactivated 2050 hours.