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May 15, 2007
Contact: Andrew Tkach

BLM Opens New Cody Interagency Dispatch Center

The Bureau of Land Management and their interagency partners will officially open the new Cody Interagency Dispatch Center (CDC) next week. An open house will be held Thursday, May 24 at 2501 Wright Brothers Road, adjacent to Cody’s Yellowstone Regional Airport. The public is invited to attend from 1 to 3 p.m. when tours of the center will be provided and a display of engines and personnel of cooperating agencies will be on hand.

CDC is the central fire dispatch office for wildland fires in north central Wyoming. It coordinates firefighting support for BLM’s Worland and Cody Field Offices, and their partners Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area, Shoshone and Bighorn National Forests, the Wind River Indian Reservation, and Wyoming State Forestry. Over the past five years CDC has coordinated responses to 598 fires covering 115,000 acres in north central Wyoming, while dispatching 254 crews, 419 aircraft, and 1078 engines. During the same period, CDC coordinated an additional 636 responses nationwide.

In the spring of 2006 local contractors began construction of the $1.7 million facility that is sited on land leased from the City of Cody. At 4600 square feet, the new fire dispatch center is over 10 times larger than the old center. The new CDC has expanded capability that can accommodate extra dispatch personnel in the event of large or multiple fire events, a 75 kilowatt backup generator, new computers and radios, on-site training facilities, briefing room, kitchen and lunch room, exercise room, lockers and showers, ADA compliant access, and plans for a Forest Service engine barn. "I pinch myself everyday when I walk in after working 21 years in the old building. It is absolutely a wonderful place to work," said CDC manager Greg Warner.

For more information contact the Worland Field Office at 307-347-5100.