Local firefighters do an exemplary job with local response and mutual aid. Texas A&M Forest Service responds when fires or conditions begin to exceed local control.
The rapid initial response to wildland fires is essential to provide safety to emergency responders and citizens. By suppressing fires earlier and smaller, you limit losses and reduce the occurrence of large project fires that burn for multiple days and tie up resources. Not only are project fires large, damaging and costly, but they tie up resources needed to respond to new fire starts, beginning a downward spiral in response capabilities. One of the challenges for a state the size of Texas is to provide the resources needed, while still operating in a cost-effective and efficient manner.
Texas A&M Forest Service uses the incident command system to coordinate the efforts of all cooperators to maximize effectiveness and minimize losses. A safe but aggressive initial attack is emphasized, based on predicted and observed fire behavior and weather.
Response objectives incorporate a number of measures to prevent project fires – large fires or areas of numerous fire ignitions that burn for multiple days and tie up resources – and maintain a flexible response structure capable of moving large groups of resources across broad areas of the state to rapidly respond to changing conditions.
Texas A&M Forest Service maintains a workforce of highly trained and experienced personnel. However Texas A&M Forest Service has a limited number of personnel to respond and coordinate efforts statewide.
To supplement resources, Texas A&M Forest Service also works with other responding agencies at the state level to increase the effectiveness of state response through shared training and common communications.
Additionally Texas A&M Forest Service works with other federal and out-of-state resources and cooperators as part of the National Wildfire Coordinating Group to share resources nationwide.