TRAINING / EDUCATION / BEST PRACTICES
Historically the efficiency of aerial fire suppression resources was determined by the type of aircraft, fixed or rotary wing, the payload or tank capacity and air speed. All aircraft were capable of delivering water and retardant and some could deliver foam.
Since BLAZETAMER380™ is now approved and available, it must now also be considered when evaluating the overall effectiveness of fire suppression aircraft. A load of BLAZETAMER380™is more than twice as effective than the same volume of water, due to drop characteristics, evaporative loss, endothermic properties, weight/volume, canopy penetration and line production. Additional efficiency is also gained with onboard injection systems that reduce ferry time, allowing aircraft to deliver multiple loads of BLAZETAMER380™ without returning to a base for suppressant or retardant.
For example, an air tanker with a 3,000-gallon tank can deliver that amount of retardant in an hour. A FireBoss with a 750-gallon load with an on board injection system may be able to deliver 4,500 gallons or more in the same timeframe. If the water delivered from the FireBoss is injected with BLAZETAMER380™ it will be at least twice as effective. The load of retardant contains only 2,550 gallons of effective suppressant when used for direct attack since 15% of the load is comprised of chemicals that are not effective for suppression.
IF YOUR AGENCY PROVIDES YOU WITH BLAZETAMER380™, YOUR ABILITY TO MAXIMIZE EFFICIENCY AND EFFECTIVENESS, WILL DEPEND ON INDIVIDUAL FIREFIGHTERS
Firefighters must be aware of capabilities and limitations of aircraft, what types of water enhancers are available to them, when to use them and how to properly mix and apply them.
Incident Commanders and Air Tactical Group Supervisors (ATGS) must request the proper suppressant for their given situation and tactics. When building Situational Awareness (SA) for any given day, in addition to determining what aircraft are available, they must also determine what products are available at individual aviation bases and how to properly request them.
Retardant for indirect attack
BLAZETAMER380™ for direct attack.
- BLAZETAMER380™ is more effective and cost effective than retardant
Save over $1,000 per 700-gallon load
ATGS / Air Attack Officers must also:
Be aware of the different products and characteristics of each so proper tactics are employed.
Make recommendations to IC’s.
Brief and direct airtanker and helicopter pilots to ensure products are applied appropriately.
G5 BioSolutions stands ready to participate in and support training opportunities that educate fire personnel about suppressants. Contact G5 BioSolutions to request a customized training plan based on your agency needs. Our staff have a wealth of wildland fire/aviation experience and will readily share their knowledge to assist as you enhance the safety, efficiency and effectiveness of your wildfire aviation program.