FAIRBANKS (AP) -- A Fairbanks man has been chosen to lead Alaska's Type 1 Incident Management Team, one of only 16 in the nation.
Dave Dash, who works for the Bureau of Land Management Alaska Fire Service in Fairbanks, will replace Joe Stam of the Alaska Division of Forestry in Anchorage.
Stam stepped down after five years as team commander.
Dash, the chief of fire operations for BLM, has been with the team since 1985, most recently as deputy commander.
The teams are activated to manage in emergency situations, most commonly wildland fires, in both Alaska and the Lower 48. In November, the team spent a month in New York City helping manage recovery efforts after the World Trade Center terrorist attacks.
Lynn Wilcock from the Division of Forestry in Palmer will fill Dash's job. Her old position as operations chief will be shared by Rex McKnight and Ken Coe, both with the Forestry office in Fairbanks.
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