Arkansas Fire Chief rolls truck, receives written warning from State Trooper
Pea Ridge Fire Chief Frank Rizzio failed to negotiate a corner and rolled a water tender while responding to a structure fire on Wednesday. The Chief crawled out of the shattered windshield 4,000-gallon truck which was totalled. An officer from the Arkansas State Police issued Chief Rizzio, who was treated and released at a hospital, a written warning for failure to maintain control.
NASA awards grant for monitoring wildfires
NASA has awarded a 10-year grant totaling $32 million to Cal State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) to continue research on wildfire monitoring, agricultural water management, flood forecasting, and crop yield predictions. CSUMB’s Vince Ambrosia has done pioneering research previously on the use of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles, to monitor and map wildfires, at times using NASA’s aircraft.
Firefighters resign over poisoning another’s canteen water
Two firefighters in Titusville, Florida have resigned after admitting that they were involved in putting a poisonous substance into another firefighter’s canteen that he would have used on a brush fire. Police said the substance was Gunk, a cleaning product.
Randy Moore, 40, driver and operator, resigned Tuesday. Rod Donhoff, firefighter and paramedic, resigned Feb. 29. Moore faces charges of poisoning water/food and aggravated stalking. Donhoff was charged with stalking and petty theft of government property.
USFS Fire Chief “cautiously confident” about aerial firefighting capability
Tom Harbour, Director of Fire Aviation Management for the U.S. Forest Service, was quoted by the Mountain-News regarding the air tanker fleet:
I’m feeling cautiously confident about our capabilities nationally…
Mr. Harbour is “cautiously confident” in spite of the fact that the air tanker fleet is only 25% of the size of the 2002 fleet.