Commanders Join Forces to Search for Missing Firefighter in Unified Commad
Incident: Holiday Incident Search and Rescue
Commanders Join Forces to Search for Missing Firefighter in a Unified Command
Press Conference Scheduled Today at 1:00pm at Incident Base Camp
Thursday, September 5, 2013 – 10:00 am
Yesterday at 6:00 am the Joe Reinarz Type 1 Southwest Incident Management Team joined forces with Dave Denali’s New Mexico State Police Search and Rescue Team to assist in search efforts for missing firefighter Token Adams. Under a unified command structure the Type I team and the New Mexico team will be able to combine local resources with national resources to aid in the search for Token Adams.
A Firewatch “Cobra” helicopter is schedule to arrive today to provide additional support for the search team. This specialized helicopter has cameras as well as infrared and low-light sensors. Its low-light sensors and transmission equipment can transmit images to search crews up to 30 miles away. Search teams use a gridding technique to ensure that all areas are covered thoroughly before eliminating and moving to a different area. Air and ground search areas overlap.
The mother of Token Adams, Ietake Anderson, visited the Incident Base Camp this morning. She spoke to search crews and thanked them for their hard work.
A 25 square-mile section of the Santa Fe National Forest is being searched. Approximately 25 percent of the area has been covered on foot and 70 percent by air.
Please direct all information requests to the Holiday Incident Information Center at the Jemez Ranger District (575) 829-3535. Holiday Incident information is also being posted to http://www.inciweb.org or follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/T1SWIMT.