Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Rich Harvey scores high

Posted By on Wed, Mar 12, 2014 at 2:03 PM

Rich Harvey was the voice of reason during the Waldo Canyon Fire, most would agree, appearing at news briefings saying he had the resources he needed and explaining strategy for fighting the blaze.

He became a local celebrity, in fact, along with Forest Supervisor Jerri Marr for the Pike and San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands.

Now, nearly 21 months after the fire, the Independent has obtained the Incident Management Team evaluation of Harvey's team, a routine document filled out after an IMT departs a Type 1 fire, the most serious category of forest fire. We sought the evaluation in December 2012 through the Freedom of Information Act and finally received it yesterday.

It comes as no surprise that Harvey's team scored 4s and 5s, on a scale of 1 to 5, in 14 areas of evaluation. Those areas included how well the team accomplished objectives, managed costs, dealt with political concerns, responded to changing conditions and the like.

Here's the evaluation of Harvey and his team on his engagement of his team and his leadership. Deputy Incident Commander was Paul Broyles:

The Incident Commander (IC) handled most external issues and concerns, meanwhile the Deputy IC handled the Command & General Staff on day to day duties and requirements. This partitioning of responsibilities worked extremely well on this incident with unusual public/community engagement and extreme fire behavior.

The Incident Commander(IC) and Deputy Incident Commander (DIC) excelled in their leadership and engagement. The IC and DIC were thoroughly engaged and in charge. They are natural leaders with very easy going and approachable management styles. They were eager to help, regardless of the issue. Even with all the disruptions that encountered throughout each day, they always seemed calm, in control, and confident that everything would work out well. These attitudes resonated through the rest of the Team and fire fighters.

They had a great rapport with the IMT and built quick and strong relations with federal and state agency representatives. It appeared that the IC and the DIC communicated and worked well together.
Here's the full report:

Harvey, who's based in Utah, returned to Colorado Springs last June to oversee the attack of the Black Forest Fire.

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