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United States Department of the Interior
Montana State Office
5001 Southgate Drive
Billings, Montana 59101-4669

July 7, 2011

9210 (MT925) P                                                                                                   
Instruction Memorandum No. MT-2011-061
Expires: 9/30/2012
To:                   District Manager, Western Montana District
                        District Manager, Central Montana District
                        District Manager, Eastern Montana/Dakotas District
                        Field Manager, Billings Field Office
From:               State Director
Subject:           National Preparedness Review and Corrective Actions                   DD: 7/22/2011
Program Area: Fire and Aviation Management.
Purpose: The State Office is responsible for ensuring follow-up actions to unit level and statewide recommendations from the National Preparedness Review. A written action plan must be submitted for approval to the State Fire Management Officer for each item on the unit checklists which is shown as Needs Improvement (NI). In addition, any statewide issues specific to your fire program should be addressed. The action plan must include corrective action taken and a due date for completion.
Each Fire Management Officer should have a complete write-up of zone findings and recommendations as well as completed checklists for those items reviewed. Action plans need to be submitted to the State Fire Management Officer by July 22, 2011.
Policy/Action: In order to meet Federal Wildland Fire Policy, a national review was conducted during the week of June 21 through June 27, 2011. Fire preparedness reviews assess fire programs for compliance with established fire policies and procedures as outlined in the current Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations and other pertinent policy documents. Reviews identify organizational, operational, procedural, personnel, or equipment deficiencies, and recommend specific corrective actions. 
Timeframe: Action plans should be submitted to the State Fire Management Officer by July 22, 2011.
Budget Impact: Minimal
Background: National Fire and Aviation Program Review
Manual/Handbook Sections Affected: None
Coordination: This IM was in coordination with guidance from the Office of Fire and Aviation.
Contact: If there are any questions regarding these responses or write-ups, please contact Ken Schmid at 406-896- 2919 or Mike Ford at 406-896-2914.
Signed by                                                                                            Authenticated By:
Jamie E. Connell                                                                                  Gabriella Torres
State Director                                                                                      Staff Assistant (MT925)