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Nate Downs

Event Center Director Speaks to State Regents about Fire Incident Command Center

Nate Downs, director of the Pioneer Cellular Event Center on the Southwestern Oklahoma State University campus in Weatherford, was recently invited to speak to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education about SWOSU’s efforts with the huge Rhea Fire that burned over 285,000 acres in western Oklahoma in April-May. The Pioneer Cellular Event Center served as the Incident Command Center for firefighters from around the nation. The team conducted briefings with local firefighters and other agencies, issued updates and alerts to the public and prepared personnel and vehicles to travel out to the burn sites.