For Region 5 dispatch, call your local GACC, North Ops or South Ops. Request Type III helicopter with IR module.
For other than Region 5: Contact NICC, Boise: request Region 5 IR asset.
“I wanted to send you a quick note and let you know how effective I found the VETS maps to be in my division. On the Powerhouse fire on the Angeles National Forest there were many sections of line that were very steep and nearly impossible to grid with crews. One section in my division had been gone over multiple times by a hotshot crew and they thought they had everything lined or hand felt. Then a map that we received at morning briefing gave a location of “spot outside the line, no heat.” We found it a little funny and doubted that the map could be that accurate. The crew sent a squad out on a seek and destroy mission. There indeed was a small piece of black found in an area under some brush that they would not have sent any firefighters into unless necessary. Everyone on the division realized how useful the resource was. I am very impressed that VETS is capable of this level of accuracy. I feel that in the future this may prevent us from sending people into dangerous terrain to simply patrol or grid for spots showing no smoke, as well as many other efficient uses.”
-Division Line Officer