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 ...more »

Submitted by (@karenmiranda)

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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Technology and Program Infrastructure

Tech Transfer

We need to come up with a practical system of tech transfer from the federal research arena to our folks on the ground inside the fed and out (state, private, local government)

Submitted by (@jim.brenner)

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