Senators John McCain and Diane Feinstein announce bill to add to the forest fighting air tanker capability. Congratulation to the two senators for the step in the right direction, however there is a different proposal which I have been making since it won an award in CA more than a 15 years ago. Operation Wildefire suggests a totally different approach that would utilize a much larger number of aircraft already retrofitted for fighting fires and would not require the millions in expense to modify the 7 Coast Guard C-130 air tankers as proposed in the Feinstein/Mc Cain plan. http://www.abigon.com/operation_wildefire.htmlOperation Wildefire had, over the years, been presented to at least 8 major newspapers during severe forest fire seasons in Arizona, Colorado, Utah, CA. in hopes the news source would present the concept and the public would have had an opportunity to evaluate their “common sense” option. Forestry in June of this year saw merit in the proposal and aided the author in making a presentation to the 17 Governors of the WGA. (Western Governor’s Association). Here is Operation Wildefire. Feel free to comment.
An Open Letter to the Governors of the WGA
June 26, 2013
Presenting, Operation Wildefire,
A PROPOSED, MULTI-STATE AIR NATIONAL GUARD, C-130 AIR-TANKER, FOREST FIGHTING TASK FORCE
A new fire-fighting concept, Operation Wildefire, having received an award from the California Resource Board’s Forum for Public Policy more than a decade agowas presented to Major General Frank Scoggins (since retired) of the Washington State, Air National Guard. Upon reviewing the concept, General Scoggins extended an invitation to the author to come to Fort Murray in Tacoma WA, to further discuss and evaluate the possibilities of implementing such a proposal. Following the meeting, it was suggested that the plan also be presented to the Major Generals of several western states for comment, which with the General’s help was facilitated.
While millions of acres of our valuable forestlands are destroyed yearly by fire, it seems we are forced to accept what may be an antiquatedfire containment protocol and an example, of a “too little too late” policy.We have had to accept the current process as normal, but with all due respect, without an all out, “first strike” air tanker capability, the current process may in fact be anything but normal. Operation Wildefire may therefore, be one concept, borne out of necessity.
It may be argued, the current approach, consisting of helicopter and minimal retardant and water dropping fixed wing aircraft often surrenders valuable time of containment in which a fire gains commanding and unrelenting control. Is it not here, at the outbreak, (particularly in those states with the least amount of resources) that critical time and advantage is so often lost?
Many believe, at this early point of containment, too few aircraft are organized and engaged in water and retardant drops. The situation is compounded when the limited number of aircraft is forced to depart the fire scene for refueling or reloading. Is it not here at this early critical stage where common sense would dictate an all out effort be deployed? An effort with adequate resource activated and involved to seize the advantage? Can we as a nation continue to abide the utter destruction of millions of acres of oxygen emitting forestland and the subsequent pollution, loss of timber, private property, human and wild life? There remains as well, the potential threat from those who would engage in a “destruction by fire” scenario. We are as a nation vulnerable to this possibility and perhaps more than ever before. The intent of this proposal is not to diminish the efforts of dedicated men and women of forestry who literally and heroically put their lives on the line year in and year out. Their task is becoming overwhelming and the object here is to seek a solution involving their continued contribution in conjunction with an earlier response from the military. Continuing to lose millions of acres of valuable forestland is not an option.
THE PROPOSED SOLUTION
A MULTI-STATE JOINT AIRBORNE C-130 AIRCRAFT TASK FORCE
There is an adequate number of modified retrofitted tanker aircraft positioned on tarmacs of the Air National Guard units in several western states. It is suggested that certain of these units be mobilized and assigned to perform as part of a combined multi-state, airborne task force of 8-16 aircraft (to be determined by the National Interagency Aviation Coordinators with crews prepared to engage a fire or multiple fires in one or more states–not unlike the way they would approach a routine bombing mission in time of war. This task force would not require a governor’s implementation of a state of emergency, but perhaps activated at PL3 in coordination with the NASF Fire Director stationed at the National Interagency Fire Center (to be determined). The Guard aircraft could depart from neighboring states to rendezvous with other units arriving at most fires within 2-3 hours. Or a second possibility (suggested by the General) of having a contingency of tankers and crews from the various states “lent” to the project and positioned at a central, strategic location if only during fire season. A task force at the ready that could be sent to any fire breakout spot in any state and is on target in a matter of hours. Isn’t it here at the outset, where so often thousands and thousands of acres of valuable timberland could in all likelihood, have been saved if enough air response had been organized and made available earlier? The task force could even be comprised of two air tanker squadrons, one from the military and another consisting of civilian air tankers. As the General had suggested, this advantage could also be taken to any state in the US within hours.
ANNUAL MEETING OF THE C 130’S
The concept was also “brainstormed” with fellow C-130 commanders and crews at an annual meeting at Scotts Air Force Base in Missouri. The support for the concept was (according to the General) very encouraging with the following explanation. The Guard’s involvement with such a project could not conflict with existing regulatory state and federal laws and certainly those governing private industry in regard to the extent of military involvement. It was explained, the Guard serves at the invitation of the governor, state forestry and government. It would appear from the preliminary discussions among the C 130 crews from the various western states represented at the annual meeting, that if they were asked by forestry to perform more of an initial role in concert with the private sector and funding were made available, they would be agreeable to opening dialogue with the governing agencies as to how they might be helpful in providing even more tanker support and at an earlier point in the process.
Very often jurisdictional boundaries and territorial limitations create bureaucratic “road-blocks” when it would seem that neutralizing the fire in the quickest possible time should be the mandated objective.
Perhaps this task force would be recognized as a viable asset at both the federal and state governmental levels and given a degree of autonomy by legislative action to work with the appropriate agencies to accomplish the objective across jurisdictional lines. In all candor, what protection is there in place today to guarantee that the same states that have sustained recent untold fire damage will not face the same catastrophic situation again this year or next? Are states destined to sit and wait for the inevitable to occur year in and year out relying on the same tried and failed approach to fire containment? The logistics of implementing this proposal would be cost effective from several areas. To begin with, the aircraft have already been paid for with tax payer dollars and the cost of maintenance of the aircraft and equipment already budgeted. The salaries of the personnel are also paid, so this might not be an unreasonable proposition to implement, particularly when one considers the cost of the current alternative. The Waldo Canyon fire last year in CO, reportedly cost 453.7 M but does not include the actual cost of fighting the fires, what will be the cost again this year for the state’s fires? Many of us can still remember the devastating Oakland Hills fire years ago cost CA insurers $1.5 B in property damage? At today’s dollar value it would the cost would have been 2.5 B. A reasonable question we might ask, if this common sense concept were in place today, might it have already made a difference in containing this year’s California and Colorado’s fires and at a much earlier time to containment?
There is no doubt fires will continue as a natural occurrence but exploring newer concepts that would offer creative solutions to earlier containment would seem to be a prudent effort. Ideally, if this proposal were accepted in principle by the WGA with details to be addressed over the coming year by the appropriate agencies, a pilot program could be in place and functional by next fire season. The combined effort may well provide a viable solution to a very complex and costly problem.
2012 Federal Cost of Fire Suppression Only
Total Federal Cost (suppression costs) $1,902,446,000
Total number of fires 67,774
Acres burned, 9,326,238
The answer is yes, there is hope for you or your relative heart failure patients, regardless of how many heart attacks they have survived and even if the attacks have occurred over several years. The medical profession has always functioned under the available information that a heart damaged from a heart attack could never been repaired. Once the heart develops scar tissue from the event and later becomes enlarged, there was nothing more to be done other than medications and possibly having implanted devices such as pacemakers and defibrillators to help prolong the patient’s life. Dr. Doris Taylor while on faculty at Duke University proved that theory to be false.
There are currently about 6M congenital heart failure cases in the US and an estimated 22 M worldwide. The life expectancy is 5.5 to 7.5 years from diagnosis. So where is the hope, where is the answer to rejuvenating these damaged hearts and is it even possible to make these claims of restoration? http://www.abigon.com/miraclestemcellheartrep.html and now you can read about actual successful cases.
Again, the answer is yes, thousands have over the past 10 years experienced having stem cells extracted from their own leg muscle or from the bone marrow of a donor, multiplied by the millions in the laboratory and then injected by catheter into the damaged areas of heart muscle. The procedure takes about 45 minutes to an hour and is a minimally invasive procedure with the patient in a twilight sleep and released from the facility the next day. Too good to be true? Twelve case histories of patients who had as many s 5 heart attacks over time who are today 10 years post treatment functioning as normal individuals completely free of their previous heart failure condition. Christian Wilde’s book, Miracle Stem Cell Heart Repair, carries their actual before and after stories to full recovery. The Directors of cardiovascular stem cell therapy at 7 major universities who conduct the ongoing FDA trials for these “no option” heart failure patients explain the science behind the procedures.
It seems one cannot turn on TV, pick up a health magazine or read a Sunday supplement section of their newspaper that some reporter is not proclaiming the almost unbelievable health benefits of turmeric and it’s main component, curcumin. The fact is, some estimated 530 conditions are reportedly being treated with a spice whose history goes back more than 4000 years. Scientists from major universities worldwide have been studying health-benefits-of-turmeric and why countries whose diet is rich in turmeric have for centuries shown the least number of all cancer and Alzheimer’s Disease on the planet. Medical centers have been experimenting with turmeric and it’ s workhorse component curcumin as adjunct therapy in treating cancer. Findings from 8 university studies including UCLA have determined turmeric shrinks tumors by 81%. http://www.abigon.com/buying_turmeric.html All cancers are considered to be inflammatory based and turmeric shuts down turmeric’s main pathways of destruction.
People whose condition of arthritis who deal with long term joint pain and particularly those who suffer from any cause of chronic inflammation may certainly benefit from the spice. All turmeric product is not alike. Turmeric has a poor history of assimilation into the blood stream as 66% passes through the feces and urine. One turmeric formulation that is absorbed properly is the Enhanced Turmeric+ Formula, was just awarded the, Excellence In Health Product Innovation Award by Emord @ Associates. More information, how turmeric scientifically works and the benefits of turmeric , including how it causes cancerous cells to self destruct in a process know to scientists and physicians as appotosis, (cell death) and why the spice may offer advantages-of healthy-living for you and I.
Adele Davis, more than 64 years ago was a former head of nutrition for New York City Schools. She was one of the earliest authors of health and nutrition books. Some of her excellent advice from her first book was captured in the book’s actual title, “We Are What We Eat.” Now, even if we were unconvinced by her statement, would we be more inclined to accept the choice of diet advice that had been previously offered by Albert Einstein, perhaps the greatest scientific and intellectual mind of the past 100 years? “Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances of life on earth as much as the evolution of the vegetarian diet.” According to the CDC, the average lifespan is 78.9 years. What if you could add 8-11 or 12 years to your lifespan, would you want to do it? Well, sure you would, providing you could be healthy in those final years, right?
Pretty profound information? Have you heard or read about the Blue Zones?
What Is a Blue Zone? A blue zone is a geographical area in the world where people reportedly live the longest and healthiest lives. An area of community on the globe where residents enjoy very good health well into their late 80’s, 90’s and 100’s. Not just living longer but living healthy longer with minimal chronic debilitating diseases like heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, all cancers and even Alzheimer’s Disease. What would you and I have to do to extend our lives an average of 8-12 years living in better health?
Where are the Blue Zones? It is believed there are only five of these longevity favored spots in the world: Okinawa, Japan; Sardinia, Italy; Ncoya, Costa Rica; Ikaria, Greece; and a city much closer to home for Americans to relate to. It is in the city of Loma Linda, about 60 miles south of Los Angeles. Loma Linda has a great number of 7th Day Adventist families whose diet and lifestyle qualify them to be included in this prestigious Blue Zone list.
What do people in these Blue Zones do differently that we might all benefit from? What rules do they live by?
- They eat a plant based diet, nuts, fruits, whole grains, vegetables constitute the basis of their daily diet.
- They eat no animal based products
- They are sure to eat a large breakfast and a smaller and early dinner.
- They believe in moderate daily exercise
- They believe in setting aside one day to relax and be free of stress, a day of relaxation, contemplation, they choose Sundays.
- They eat fruits and vegetables, legumes and nuts.
Can any of us argue with these facts that had been determined by a study of 22,000 Americans living in the Blue Zone , Adventist community of Loma Linda CA?
Worth mentioning, statistically, one of every two men in the US will develop cancer in their lifetime and 1 of 3 women, can we ignore these statistics?
Death rates from all cancers was 60% lower for Adventist men and 76% lower for Adventist women compared to other American cities.
Question: Is the sacrifice of giving up an animal based diet worth the advantage of gaining years of healthy life?
Lung cancer 21% lower
Colorectal cancer 62% lower
Breast cancer 85% lower
Coronary heart disease 66% lower for Adventist men, 98% lower for Adventist women
This may be the most important welcomed health news your friend or family member may have heard. Now there is proven hope for rejuvenating someone’s heart if they have had one or even more heart attacks in their history.
There are currently 6M people in congestive heart failure in the US and 22 M around the world who suffer from heart failure with it’s 5 to 7.5 year general life expectancy.
What is congestive heart failure also called cardiomyopathy? When someone suffers a heart attack, the left ventrical is damaged and weakened. It is forced to work double time in order to pump blood to the heart and to the rest of the body. As a result of this exhausting condition, the heart muscle itself detrimentally enlarges.
Medical researcher and author Christian Wilde wrote the first book on stem cells for heart failure, Miracle Stem Cell Heart Repair and interviewed not only the 7 directors of stem cell cardiovascular therapy at 7 major universities but also interviewed the patients who in simple term explain their before and after results. http://www.abigon.com/miraclestemcellheartrep.html Truly amazing. Here is hope for you or your loved ones.
What is this life saving stem cell procedure and where can someone read more about it and the actual case histories of patients who have had as many of 7 heart attacks only to be totally rejuvenated with a one time, minimally invasive life saving operation. The first patient to receive his own stem cells was 34 years of age and had already had 4 heart attacks and 11 stents. Today, 11 years later! He remains totally active and repaired.