Our brave firefighters need new, American-proven chemistry and new equipment so they can win more over today’s wildfires by using less hand tools and chainsaws and more cannons to spray fire breaks with a clean safe fire inhibitor.
Citrotech tm, a proven fire inhibitor that is non-toxic to the environment and which uses much less water than what is in current use. Citrotech tm can be sprayed by firefighters from a backpack unit into fire trenches. It can also be sprayed up to 300 ft. from atomizing cannons towed by a firetruck. This could mean that airplanes would no longer be needed to drop pink, toxic fire retardant.
Extreme wildfires are set to become more frequent, increasing by around 50% by the end of this century, according to a new UN report.
The report finds there's an elevated risk even in the Arctic and other regions that were previously unaffected by fires. The scientists define extreme fires as extraordinary conflagrations that occur roughly once in a hundred years. Researchers say that rising temperatures and changes to the way we use land will drive the increase.
The new study calls for a radical reallocation of financial resources from fighting fires to prevention.
Carpenters still use hammers when a nail gun is not the appropriate tool. Similarly, firefighters can still use chainsaws and digging equipment when that’s the appropriate thing to do. Out on the front lines of fire defense, with all the heat, smoke and threat of fire advance, we need to provide these brave people with the best available technology.
Carpenters would never be able to keep up with home-building today with just hammers. They embraced a new device, the nail gun, about 40 years ago. Similarly, decision-makers in the fire-fighting business should embrace MFB-31-Citrotech tm and allow those on the frontlines to disburse this substance from a backpack cannon. And, tanker trucks pulling atomizing cannons could spray MFB-31 Citrotech tm up to 300 ft., thereby reducing or perhaps even eliminate the need to have airplanes drop toxic fire-retardant.
Citrotech is a proven fire inhibitor that is non-toxic to the environment and which uses much less water than what is in current use. Citrotech tm can be sprayed by firefighters from a backpack cannon fogger sprayers to create longer wider fire breaks faster than digging them. It can also be sprayed up to 300 ft. from atomizing cannons towed by water trucks. This could mean that airplanes would no longer be needed to drop pink, toxic fire retardant.
Fire Defense Commentary
May 10, 2022
“In the last five-10 years the fires have gotten so much more intense,” he said. “And you couple that with the low pay and the low staffing – now people just can’t afford to do the job. It’s so stressful.” Federal agencies, including the US Forest Service have struggled to retain qualified candidates and with each new empty seat, the strain grows.
A wakeup call and push for solutions
Officials are beginning to heed the call. Joe Biden oversaw temporary pay-increases to ensure no firefighter made less than $15 an hour. The $1tn infrastructure bill also includes language to permanently increase salaries, improve job titles, minimize hazards and establish essential mental health programs. Separate legislation, passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2022, grants federal firefighters housing stipends and funds programs that provide peer-support, stress management, mental health leave, and mental health professionals with trauma expertise. The toll of battling wildfires manifests in higher rates of alcohol abuse, divorce, sleep deprivation and suicidal thoughts.
Climate change is fueling radical, wind-driven fires, such as what we are now seeing in New Mexico. We have got to break down and get past the vested interests that appear to be blocking the use of new and advanced ways to fight wildfire. Doing so will mean putting out fires more quickly, make things less risky for firefighters, save a great deal of water, and which will save money as well.
This has to happen now, before California starts burning again.