Adding A Proactive Wild Fire Defense Program Could Lower Power Companies Risk

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The North Ridge Quake And California Wild Fires Should Have Something In Common American Engineering Innovation Birthed After Earth Quake Disasters

Adding A Proactive Wild Fire Defense Program Could Lower Power Companies Risk

October 27, 2019 by Steve Conboy

This January will mark the 25th anniversary of the devastating Northridge earthquake, and we're taking a look back through photos of the damage it caused — and the humanity that shone through despite the destruction. The quake killed 58 people, injured more than 9,000, displaced 125,000 residents and damaged or destroyed more than 82,000 buildings in Los Angeles, Ventura, Orange and San Bernardino counties.

The U.S. Building Industry made positive strides and progressed after the North Ridge And Loma Prieta Quakes by learning from a disaster and making wood framed structures stronger in ground movement and high wind loads. Not only did we learn and adapt, but we increased from 3 story wood framed to 5 story wood framed for high density housing.

Soft-story structures, popular on the West Coast, are typically multi-story residential buildings built above a ground-level garage, tuck-under parking garage or a storefront. Their mixed use design often means wider openings and fewer partition walls on the first story than on the upper stories, leaving soft-story buildings structurally vulnerable in the event of a major earthquake. During the 1971 San Fernando, 1989 Loma Prieta and 1994 Northridge earthquakes, soft-story buildings sustained major damage or collapsed entirely.

For years, cities on the West Coast have recommended soft-story retrofits for thousands of residential structures to increase building resiliency. Cities such as San Francisco, Berkeley and Los Angeles have already passed laws that require a mandatory retrofit for certain soft-story residential buildings, and many other cities are following suit.

Simpson Strong Wall Earthbound and other seismic control products had to prove their engineering values just like all the chemical and processes in Wild Fire Defense needs to be vetted now.

What The Northridge Quake and todays Wild Fires don’t have in common is we feel safer from earthquakes today after Northridge but we do not feel safe at all over Wild Fires.That is because we took earthquake loss to a whole new level fast after North Ridge and retro fitted all our freeways and buildings along with changing codes. We need to take Wild Fire Defense to a whole new level now. We cannot have this kind of threat every year and think more fire trucks and more planes is the answer.

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Are We Ready To Embrace New Wild Fire Proactive Innovations?

Our Brave Fire Fighter's are trained to rescue and try to save lives and homes during wild fires and with all due respect they are not Fire Chemistry Experts. We need to bring all the new fire retardant products that are making claims that they can save homes in wild fires to a due diligence check summit that is not run by Fire Fighters but by an independent wild fire summit team. Each company making wild fire resilient claims has to submit all its 3rd party accredited laboratory test results and a historical report of all the Fire Training Centers Fire Officials can witness what they claim their products can do with success.

All the products being used by all the Fire Departments now have to be part of this Save Cali vetting. All the Red Fire Retardants, Gels and Foams all need to be revetted in this new Save Cali Process. Once its narrowed down to the two best products we can do some side by side laboratory test starting with E84 extended in lumber. All Fire Chemistries have to have the ability to put smoldering underground peat fires out. This accountable process will take our wild fire defense programs to a whole new level and add new accountability. Each product has to have a quality assurance and chain of custody on the blended products being applied to ensure they are always the same perfect defensive blend to save homes and eliminate wild fire ability to advance. The final test is an ASTM on Fir Branches exposed to weather duration test for 30 days that subject chemistry to weather and UV and document all the claims being made that the product can still be active to defend a month after they are applied.

All companies and products including what is being used now have to submit all accredited laboratory testing and at least 10 live Fire Training Center Demos Videos to qualify to be part of this Governement Vetting Process.

All products and companies have to have video proof that they demonstrated there applied fire science in 10 Fire Training Centers witnessed by Fire Official's Ventura County Fire Department See video
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