Bryan Smith, Manager of ITD’s Emergency Program, and colleague Louie Albright, emergency Program Coordinator, provided an overview of the department’s emergency procedures during the annual Idaho Fire Chief’s Association conference, May 4-5.
“One of the first items presented was how ITD is becoming more and more focused on developing an efficient highway system, which translates into partnering with all response agencies,” Smith explained. “We tried to introduce any information that fire chiefs would be interested in that relate to transportation.”
Among the topics covered were:
Following the 30-minute presentation, the state fire marshal expressed interest in partnering with ITD and other stakeholders to work on filling fire jurisdiction voids throughout the state.
“He also told me that the county sheriffs have legislative authority and/or responsibility to fight fires anywhere in the counties through the state fire marshal’s office.” Smith said. “I am excited to add this option to the several ideas we already have to get fire response coverage for all of our highway miles.”
Smith said he also was intrigued to discover how many ITD employees also work or volunteer for other emergency response agencies throughout Idaho. “I understand we have an officer of a search and rescue team, a regional hazardous materials response team member, the Stanley fire chief and other firefighters, emergency medical technicians and maybe even some law enforcement officers.”