High-expansion foam in Germany
Frank Averdiek who runs the German wildland fire site @fire sent us some information about the use of high-expansion foam in Germany. HERE is a link to a .pdf document that is in German, but has enough cool photos of the use of foam to be interesting to us single-language Americans.
Four fire trucks become stuck in mud in Texas
Four fire trucks that were working a vegetation fire near Merit, Texas became stuck in mud on Sunday. And two vehicles that were attempting to rescue them also became stuck. Seven inches of rain in the area recently has turned some unpaved roads into fire truck traps.
It reminds me of the time….
…back in 1973 when a dozer I was supervising on the Sitton Peak fuel break project on the Cleveland National Forest in southern California became stuck in mud while “walking” back from the project on a dirt road. Four trucks that came to rescue the dozer also got stuck in the same area. Here are some photos I took of the incident that was FUBAR.
I was driving a pickup truck accompanying the dozer as it was walking out. I managed to drive the truck through the mud without getting stuck, and drove back to El Cariso station with the dozer operator and reported to my boss, Ron Campbell, superintendent of the El Cariso Hot Shots, shown in the photo above. It was late in the afternoon and he said we’d go out tomorrow and get it out.
At 2:30 a.m. the next morning I received a phone call from Ron saying he could not sleep, worrying about the dozer, thinking that it might be vandalized, left alone in a remote area of the National Forest. So we rounded up a couple of other U.S. Forest Service employees, shovels, chains, and other implements of destruction and drove out to the site in the dark.
One by one, the trucks carrying the rescuers got stuck in the same general area, a boggy spot on the dirt road fed by a spring uphill from the road. More rescuers came to help and more of them got stuck.
It took us most of the day, but we eventually got the dozer and the trucks out.
Back in the saddle again
For the last six days I enjoyed a motorcycle trip to the twisty back roads of southwest Wisconsin. While I was away, Kelly Andersson did a great job filling in for me by posting some excellent articles and photos. Kelly maintains the Fire Pirates web site which is devoted to aerial firefighting. Be sure and check out the story there about push-starting a Blackhawk helicopter.
Thanks again, Kelly!