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[IDHS] IDHS Coordinates Responders' Deployment to California Wildfires
Start Date: 7/26/2013Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 7/26/2013End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description

The Indiana Department of Homeland Security has coordinated the deployment of six responders to the Aspen fire in California, to shadow key positions and assist in operational response.

The Indiana team deployed on Friday, July 26 and will return Friday, August 2.

IDHS team members are:
  • Troy Wymer – Wayne Township Fire Department Lieutenant
  • Justin Sparks - Wayne Township Fire Department Lieutenant
  • Stephanie McKinney – Deputy Emergency Management Agency (EMA) Director in Gibson County
  • David Stanley – Lafayette Fire Department Lieutenant
  • Jason Hunt – French Lick Fire Department Chief & District 8 Operations Section Chief
  • Paige Donaldson Connelly – Porter County 911 Communications Public Information Officer
All will shadow their designated positions and be very involved in operations. Responders and their positions are:
  • Wymer, planning section chief, will organize resources and develop strategies, tactics, and objectives.
  • Sparks, resource leader chief, will be in charge of keeping track of received assignments, reporting location, reporting time and travel instructions for the entire span of the event. 
  • McKinney, logistics section chief, will support the operations, especially dealing with details of food, medical services, and communication.
  • Stanley, liaison officer, will be the direct link between the incident commander and the internal and external stakeholders.
  • Hunt, operations section chief, will focus on the implementation of the set plan and reports to the incident commander.
  • Connelly, public information officer, will focus on important communication link between public agencies and the community, working through traditional news media and new media.

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IDHS public information officer on duty at 317.234.6713 or
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