Future #4 – Radical Change

Technological firefighting

Unmanned Aircraft Systems have taken over the skies.

Cloud networks and 24/7 webcams and data collection even in remote areas has become the norm.

Americans are increasingly tech-savyy and less physically fit or willing to engage in physical labor.

As Americans live more in climate-controlled internal environments, and business is also more technologically dirven, outdoor recreation and humans steeping foot on public lands decreases.

Corporate profits are driven by development of new technology and equipment.

Fire protection of communities and business values has become the major goal, and land management/environmental values are less important to Americans.

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

- need to hire more techno-geeks, and physical fitness/training will not be important

- fire suppression will be managed largely by UAS from indoor environments

- will decrease field and localized resource management positions in favor of larger-scale experts in managing watersheds and landscape resources, most likely combined with city planning type skills

- A new education/profession would need to develop which combines natural and technological resource management.

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