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REDMOND, OR -- Redmond officials, along with the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management and Oregon Department of Forestry celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center at Roberts Field, Monday afternoon.

 

Officials announced plans for the Redmond facility December

 

Moving from the Prineville Airport to Redmond is expected to increase efficiency, because dispatchers will be on-site with the pilots and equipment they send to wildfires. Currently, eight people work at the facility year-round, but that number grows to 25 to 30 during the heart of fire season. 
 
Governor Kate Brown toured the site in JulyThe new 7,000 sf COID center is expected to be completed next spring. 

 

 

Click Photo to Enlarge: (L-R) Alex Robertson, COFMS Fire & Aviation Staff Officer; Jeff Kitchens, Field Manager-Prineville BLM; Travis Medema, Oregon Department of Forestry’s Eastern Oregon Area Director; Stacey Forson, Forest Supervisor-Ochoco National Forest and Crooked River National Grassland; Redmond City Councilor Joe Centanni; City Councilor Anne Graham; Maurice Evans, Manager-Redmond Air Center; John Allen, Forest Supervisor-Deschutes National Forest; Redmond Mayor George Endicott; Zachary Bass, Manager-Redmond Airport; Samuel Griffin, Owner-Griffin Construction, LLC.

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