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Tom Harbour has been the Director of Fire and Aviation Management for the United States Forest Service for the past 7 years. During his time in this position, he has traveled the world, learning about the global response to funding issues and new techniques in wildland firefighting.
Although the global economy presents challenges for the wildland firefighting community, Harbour remains optimistic. With a 96 to 97% initial attack success rate, he says, "Let's remember that we're very successful at what we do. We're very successful...We've had the investments in the past that have allowed us to be very successful." He feels that these investments will continue to allow wildland firefighters, and aerial firefighting in particular, to continue to be successful in the immediate future. He is, however, concerned about what will happen in five to ten years from now.
He feels that answers to these concerns can be found in the fact that the wildland fire community has had a history of interagency cooperation. He says, "We've been able to mobilize assets, not only from local and state governments, but from across the branches of the federal government." He adds that we have had increasing cooperation from foreign friends, as Canadian and Australian resources have been used in the United States to help fight wildfires. He believes that this cooperation, which consists of the sharing of firefighting assets, technology and professional expertise will help the aerial firefighting community get through tough economic times.
Harbour says that it is important to study the findings and techniques of our global neighbors because they have learned lessons and solved problems that we can use here in the United States. He comments that despite the different languages used around the world, the "language" of firefighting is common. He says, "I've been privileged. The US Forest Service and the Federal Government have sent me to a number of places around the world, and when I close my eyes and don't remember that I'm in a country which language I don't understand, the fire speaks the same language to me. The helicopters and fixed wings overhead speak the same language. The firefighters with their tools, the fire is the same."
Harbour is also encouraged by all of the advances made world-wide in the use of Unmanned Airborne Systems and in aerial firefighting technology in general. He says, "The progress in remote sensing, the progress in the better platforms, better targeting systems on our aircraft is really extraordinary. It helps us be on target and affective in terms of what we're doing."
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