Technology and Program Infrastructure

To assess how changes in technology, facilities, training, and workforce management may affect wildland fire management 10-20 years into the future, we need your input. For example, consider the following questions:

  • In 10-20 years, how will developments in technology change the way wildland fire is managed? What might be the role of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones)?
  • How will infrastructure (constructed assets) for managing wildland fire be maintained 10-20 years from now? What trends in infrastructure management might emerge?
  • In 10-20 years, what will be the challenges for recruiting and managing the wildland firefighting workforce? What changes might emerge in the way the workforce is trained?
  • Feel free to answer any of these questions, or come up with your own scenarios of what the future might look like in 10-20 years for the wildland firefighting program infrastructure.

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Paying for fuels reduction with a biomass market

First, we need to look at forest biomass as a renewable, clean energy source. Burning those doghair thickets of pine will release the same CO2 whether in a wildfire that threatens life and property, or in a smokestack with catalytic scrubbers and electric/heat generation. Second, we need to weigh the cost of fighting those wildfires versus the cost of thinning and hauling ladder fuels STRATEGICALLY within 100’ of existing ...more »

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Develop a Wildland Fire Specific Information Technology Network

Develop and implement a Information Technology Network that supports the Wildland Fire Mission. There are too many barriers between the existing DOI and USDA infrastructures to properly implement systems that truly support the inter-agency community.

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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)

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More flexibility for managers

What I hear from managers and researchers alike is that managers need more flexibility to implement the results of new research, for example, using prescribed fire and prescribed grazing.

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The Cause for More Regimes, Integration, and Public Understanding

Abstract: This process must include a way in which to convey its message to the widest varieties of audiences, and be able to interest individuals who otherwise would not be interested. That in order to better identify what approach to take at an individualized and local variance, a more in depth system explains when an entity should use its own set of codes to regulate fire suppression, and/or activities, and when and ...more »

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Improved Data and Communication

One major hurdle that continues to exist in fire management is communication. We currently use radios to relay information, which relies on an accurate interpretation and a precise communication of a situation by a viewer as well as a clear understanding of that communication by the listener. Hopefully in the future, we can use devices that deliver real-time data about an environment directly to the fire management teams ...more »

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ISR - Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance

After 30 years of military service it has become increasingly evident that in aviation one of the greatest things we can provide to anyone fighting is known in the military as intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). Taking that forward to fighting wildfires and the problems and difficulties are very similar. The fog of war is smoke and the dangers operating on the ground are often similar. Situational ...more »

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Aircraft for the Future

With the aging Wildland Air Tanker Fleet, more of the USA sees the need not being met when current tankers become non air worthy. I believe this should be a National Fleet including Water Scooping CL-415's that are 'loaned' and managed by other Government agencies. MN DNR has two aging CL-215's that will never be replaced by the state. But it the Federal Government owned the planes, I believe MN would be interested ...more »

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Digital Spray Hose System

I am developing a spray hose system that has ball valves every 200 meters. These valves allow for enabling a water curtain in selected segments of a long hose lay. Each ball valve is operated by a digital network that runs on a wire pair embedded in the hoses. The spacing could be much more than 200 meters. The hose with embedded wire already exists from All American Hose. The Dir of Engineering at Hale Products has ...more »

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Digital Network for Spray and Relay Pumping

My proposed system is not a crazy idea. The Director of Engineering at Hale Products co-authored a paper with me that was presented at an Electrical Engineering Conference. Paper can be seen at http://www.bit.ly/W8Yw61 He is an expert on firefighting equipment. I am an expert on digital networks. All American Hose has MIL spec hoses that contain an embedded wire that will support a digital network along a long ...more »

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