Future #2 – Super Fire Administration

Super Fire Administration

- A Congress that is increasingly divided and can only agree on simple, basic, short-term solutions in order to run the country.

- Political interests/lobbyists protecting big business interests who pressure Congress to spend more and more money to protect their interests.

- The reality of larger fires, climate change, public fears, and expectations the government must ensure safety and clean air at all times for all citizens


What changes to strategy, organizational structure, capabilities, & infrastructure would be needed? :

Creation of a new mega-progam under USFA withiin the Department of Homeland Security.

More hiring, training, and salaries commensurate with CalFire model, i.e. "professionalization" of firefighting

A national firefighters union would likely emerge

A "soldier" model (versus science model) of firefighting

Most likely abandoning/weakening ESA, Clean Air Act, NEPA, and other legislation that currently required long-term planning and land management

Nationwide travel will end up being a requirement.

All incident model would be more likely, as firefighters are pulled for other disasters whenever needed.

What information could help mitigate the risks presented by this future? :

- Objective review and comparisons of salary/benefit/training models available in federal, state, local jurisdictions

- Study of most painless way for agency to facilitate/accept an employee union

- Public opinion (marketting-style) data on levels of fire/smoke tolerance vs. need to protect values


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Idea No. 57