Technologies Presented at Tangent Link Aerial Firefighting Conference Along with a Plan Developed and implemented by DFPA, Could Make Large Wildfires a Thing of the Past.
By Ron Fisher, Executive Director DFPA.
DFPA participated in the Tangent Link Aerial Firefighting Conference - The Future of US Aerial Firefighting -- Defining and implementing the correct path in Washington DC, May, 2011.
A week after this conference over 700 square miles of pristine forest in Arizona unnecessarily burned. With climate change, wildfires are bound to become much worse. However, the US Forest Service currently has the smallest number of Large Air Tankers under contract in decades, leaving the U.S. more vulnerable than ever to destructive mega fires.
Technologies presented at Tangent Link's conference, which could be purchased for the cost of one very large wildfire, could almost immediately extinguish wild fires before they grow into even small/medium sized fires. This could make large wildfires a thing of the past. However our politicians are intent on spending hundreds of billions of dollars on unnecessary wars, occupations, cruise missiles and nuclear weapons.
The Defense Fire Protection Association (DFPA), a 501(c)(3), nonprofit, research foundation and consulting firm, has actively and successfully assisted the armed services, federal agencies and the private sector improve safety, survivability, fire, blast and chemical biological & radiation (CBR) protection since its inception in 1984.
Over the years the Navy suffered numerous fires on its ships. One of the most serious of these fires occurred on the aircraft carrier USS Forrestal in the South China Sea preparing for an attack against North Vietnam that caused the death of 134 sailors and officers and destroyed scores of aircraft. . Most of the planes on the flight deck were fully loaded with munitions. The fire began when an aircraft, being prepared for launch accidentally fired a Zuni rocket that struck another aircraft on the flight deck. The pilot of the plane struck by the Zuni rocket was now Senator John McCain. This fire is depicted in the below video Trial by Fire.
In 1984, in response to these ship fires, the Department of the Navy implement a Passive Fire Protection (PFP) Program. The Navy contracted with an engineering service firm to help design, develop and implement the PFP Program.
Also, in 1984, Ron Fisher former nuclear Submariner and retired from the Navy, just happen to interview with and went to work for the same engineering service firm to manage its PFP Program work and founded the Defense Fire Protection Association.
Ron, others at the engineering service firm and DFPA to some extent played a major role in the development and implementation of the PFP Program beginning with PFP Symposiums in 1984 and 1985.
In 1986 Ron left the engineering service firm, obtained 501(c)(3) nonprofit status for DFPA and made it into, a membership organization, research foundation and consulting firm.
In 1987 DFPA held its first symposium in Annapolis, Maryland, the week before the attack and subsequent devastating fires on the USS STARK in the Persian Gulf.
DFPA has actively and successfully assisted the armed services, federal agencies and the private sector improve safety, survivability, fire, blast and chemical biological & radiation (CBR) protection since its inception in 1984.
- Has successfully completed numerous seminars, conferences, workshops, contracts,
and studies. Click here for specific examples of DFPA's work.
- Assisted government agencies with planning and evaluations of equipment,
materials and systems, and assists companies with proposals, marketing and
sales of fire protection equipment and supplies.
- Had been on the National Advisory Committee of the Congressional Fire Services Institute
(CFSI) since its inception in 1989 until
recently and normally conducted a workshop or hosted an event in conjunction
with CFSI's Annual National Fire and Emergency Services Dinner
Conducted assessments and prepared a "Report of the Assessment of Vulnerabilities of the Navy Ships to Multiple Threats and Hazards from Multiple Causes and Sources with Recommendations to Reduce/Eliminate these Vulnerabilities" under contract with the Office of the Secretary of Defense. Threats and hazards included: anthrax by mail and hi-jacked aircraft. This report shows that it is impossible to project ships, aircraft, trains, buildings, bridges, water systems, etc. from determined terrorists
- In April, 2001 and 2002, planned. Arranged and hosted live fire, firefighting training sessions on Capitol Hill for about thirty Washington, DC metropolitan firefighters who would have been the first responders to planes that crashed accidentally or on purpose on Capitol Hill or the White House. Shown below is the 40-foot Navy Mobile Aircraft Firefighting Trainer, which was towed from Norfolk Virginia Naval Air Station and used for this training. (DFPA was instrumental in getting these propane fueled mobile trainers introduced to replace black smoke producing trainers)
NAVY MOBILE AIRCRAFT FIREFIGHTING TRAINER
Used to Conduct Live Fire Training of Capitol Hill & White House First Responders
April 25, 2001 (Four and a half months before 9/11) and April 30, 2002.
Planned, arranged and hosted by DFPA
Below graphs depict the significant decreases in the number of shipboard fire mishaps and dollar losses from shipboard fires, from 1987 until 1998. These graphs were prepared by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy For Safety and Survivability (AS S&S)
These improvements in shipboard fire safety can be primarily attributed to the leadership and teamwork of the following:
- Assistant Secretary of the Navy For Safety and Survivability (ASN S&S), the late Joe Tausig and his team/assistants: Dick Healing, Fred Crowson and Annie White
- The late Captain Bob Barr, US Navy (retired)who, while on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations, organized the PFP Program
- Congressman Curt Weldon, Founder and First Chairman of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus and Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)
- Lieutenant Commander Mark Persuiti US Navy (retired) former Flight Deck Officer on the USS Truman (CVN 75) and former Aviation Bosun Firefighter
- Individual members and member companies of DFPA including almost every major fire protection equipment manufacturers including Task Force Tips, Elkhart Brass, Flame Seal, Dragger, Ansul, Automatic Sprinkler Corp. of America, Cairns & Brothers, Eagle Air Systems, Hale Fire Pump, Ingersoll-Rand, Phoenix Rescue, etc. and major chemical companies, including DuPont, 3M, Dow Corning, etc. at one time or another.
- NGOs, including DFPA and many members of the National Advisory Committee of CFSI
- Engineers and technicians in the Naval Systems Commands, maintenance facilities and shipyards
- Individual members, member companies and the staff of DFPA.
- And, of course, the sailors and officers of the fleet all of whom are educated and trained to prevent and fight fires,
We need this same cooperation, leadership and teamwork in all areas of the Government.
In summary, DFPA has amassed an impressive track record and DFPA personnel have a detailed understanding of safety, survivability, fire, blast and CBR protection, damage mitigation, emergency response, homeland security, counter-terrorism, and emergency response programs and the individuals, companies and government organizations involved in these areas.
DFPA is currently concentrating on conversion of the military industrial complex to support a peaceful, green economy with no involuntary layoffs. These plans include fire proofing America and building fire fighting aircrafts not bombers and fighters. For additional details see Permanently Disarm and Convert 90% of DoD-MIC Spending and Resources for Use for Peaceful Purposes with no Layoffs or contact Ron Fisher 703-725-7849, email Fisher@PeopleNow.org.
DFPA does not currently offer individual or company memberships.
The principles of DFPA work closely with Veterans Sales and Services described at www.VetsSS.com.
Captain US Navy (retired)
Phone: 703-725-7849 Fax: 703-521-0849
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