Organizing, Training and Equipping Air Force Space Command Installations to Meet the Wildland and Urban Interface Threat [open pdf - 102KB]
"Several Air Force Space Command Fire Emergency Services organizations provided wildland fire protection services on their respective installations. The wildland fire threats varied from prairie-type grasslands to mountainous terrain with scrub oak to the Manzanita-covered, hilly terrain common in southern California. The challenge was to ensure that these Air Force Space Command installations had sufficient staffing, the appropriate levels of training and certification and the proper equipment to meet these threats. The problem was that there was no definitive Air Force guidance establishing an all-encompassing program to meet the wildland and urban interface problems faced by these installations. The purpose of this research is to identify who is best suited to receive manpower for wildland and urban interface issues, who should receive the required training to meet this threat and what process can be identified to ensure that the teams are properly equipped. To identify the most viable options, this research needed to determine (a) who was responsible for wildland and urban interface management; (b) who was responsible for combating both wildland and urban interface fires: (c) what training standards that needed to be met, and (d) what was the most economical process to properly staff and equip these teams. By using the descriptive research method, this research provided a clear path to properly organizing, training and equipping Fire Emergency Services organizations to meet these threats. Use of interviews, regulatory guidance reviews, planning documents and equipment allowance standards clearly pointed a way ahead for appropriate policy development."
United States. Federal Emergency Management Agency, Learning Resource Center: http://www.lrc.fema.gov/