Retirement of storied fire fighting tanker marks end of an era, US


Retirement of storied fire fighting tanker marks end of an era, US

 
07 July 2017

published by http://www.fireandrescue.co


USA – Neptune Aviation’s red-tailed Tanker 10 flew hundreds of fire fighting missions all over the United States. On Tuesday, 20 June 2017, it embarked on its final mission: being placed at the entrance of the Missoula International Airport to greet incoming passengers. Neptune CEO Ron Hooper says it’s an honour to have that twin-propeller aircraft in such a prominent place, “That’s the nice thing about having it here as a gate-guard, we’ll be able to go over and reminisce and see it and take care of her,” Hooper says. “Particularly for the flight crews and the mechanics who’ve worked on these planes here at Neptune for the past 24 years now, it’s an emotional day for them.” Neptune Aviation says old Tanker Number 10 dropped over 11-million gallons of retardant during its service life. That’s the equivalent of over 843 000 kegs of beer.

By the time the plane retired, it had racked up over 11-thousand engine hours. As Neptune points out, that’s over 5 round trips to the moon.

Rick Gauthier is Neptune’s tanker shop manager. He was in charge of getting Tanker 10 from its hanger to its final resting spot in front of the Missoula airport. The move was one part well-choreographed ballet and one part wrestling match. Fences had to be cut down, signage and streetlights had to be narrowly avoided. Eventually an enormous front end loader was summoned to help out. It took a few tries, but after an hour and a half Gauthier and his team muscled and finessed the plane into place. “Our attitude is always ‘can-do,'” Gauthier says. “We’re going to figure out how to do it and we did. It was a great team, between the airport guys and our guys, yeah, it made it a lot easier than it could have been. We’ve all seen those things on YouTube where you don’t want to be ‘that guy’.”

The company is transitioning away from the old propeller-driven P2 tankers in favour of newer, more agile jet tankers that are contracted with the U.S. Forest Service.

Neptune’s Nick Lynn says, “The new jets are doing a great job. They’re faster. They carry more. They’re more reliable. They’re modern. They’ve got a lot going for them. The P2s have done an amazing job for us and they deserve a place of honour like this.”

Neptune CEO Ron Hooper says this fire season marks the beginning of the end for the company’s remaining iconic propeller driven P2V tankers. “We actually have seven of the P2s that are in flyable condition. Four of those seven are under contract with the U.S. Forest Service. This will be their final year. This fall we plan a public celebration out here to retire the entire fleet.”

Neptune spokesman Kevin Condit points out the old prop-driven P2s were initially designed to serve the US Navy in multiple roles. Tanker 10, for instance, worked as a submarine hunter, maritime patrol plane and a reconnaissance aircraft. “They’ve seen action during the Cold War, the Korean War and the Vietnam War – even in the Falklands War. It’s an aircraft that’s been around. It’s kind of neat in the sense that we re-purposed an aircraft that was the sword and turned it into the plowshare; turned it into a peaceful-use aircraft that’s helped out countless families in danger from forest fires.”

Not all of Neptune’s employees are feeling sentimental about the P2v’s final months. Rick Gauthier says Tanker 10’s new role at the Missoula airport terminal entrance is certainly, “better than it being turned into beer cans, that’s for sure.”

But Gauthier looks forward to all the advantages that he says are offered by modern fire fighting jet tankers. “If we have an engine go out on one of the old P2’s, we have to haul an engine to wherever it is. With the jets we can lock out an engine, fly it home, fix it here, and fly it back into action. The old radial engines just require a tremendous amount of work. That’s one of the nice things, they’re just more modern,” Gauthier says.

Neptune plans to host a public going-away party to say farewell to the remainder of its active P2V fire fighting air tankers at the end of this fire season, but hasn’t set a date yet.

It’s been a fairly wet spring and summer this year, but when it gets dry for weeks at a time, the New York State Forest Rangers keep a close watch on forest fire danger in the Adirondacks.

In the early 1900s, fires ravaged thousands of acres of forest land in the Adirondack Park, particularly along railroad corridors. It caused alarm in Albany. The old system, created when the Forest Preserve was formed in 1885, wasn’t working.

A new approach was needed, so the New York Legislature enacted new laws in 1909 to fight fires in the Adirondacks and Catskills. It was a game-changing moment, one that would lead to the establishment of the Forest Ranger Division in 1912 and the construction of more than 100 fire towers.

It’s been a fairly wet spring and summer this year, but when it gets dry for weeks at a time, the New York State Forest Rangers keep a close watch on forest fire danger in the Adirondacks. In the early 1900s, fires ravaged thousands of acres of forest land in the Adirondack Park, particularly along railroad corridors. It caused alarm in Albany. The old system, created when the Forest Preserve was formed in 1885, wasn’t working. A new approach was needed, so the New York Legislature enacted new laws in 1909 to fight fires in the Adirondacks and Catskills. It was a game-changing moment, one that would lead to the establishment of the Forest Ranger Division in 1912 and the construction of more than 100 fire towers.

It’s been a fairly wet spring and summer this year, but when it gets dry for weeks at a time, the New York State Forest Rangers keep a close watch on forest fire danger in the Adirondacks.

In the early 1900s, fires ravaged thousands of acres of forest land in the Adirondack Park, particularly along railroad corridors. It caused alarm in Albany. The old system, created when the Forest Preserve was formed in 1885, wasn’t working.

A new approach was needed, so the New York Legislature enacted new laws in 1909 to fight fires in the Adirondacks and Catskills. It was a game-changing moment, one that would lead to the establishment of the Forest Ranger Division in 1912 and the construction of more than 100 fire towers.

It’s been a fairly wet spring and summer this year, but when it gets dry for weeks at a time, the New York State Forest Rangers keep a close watch on forest fire danger in the Adirondacks. In the early 1900s, fires ravaged thousands of acres of forest land in the Adirondack Park, particularly along railroad corridors. It caused alarm in Albany. The old system, created when the Forest Preserve was formed in 1885, wasn’t working. A new approach was needed, so the New York Legislature enacted new laws in 1909 to fight fires in the Adirondacks and Catskills. It was a game-changing moment, one that would lead to the establishment of the Forest Ranger Division in 1912 and the construction of more than 100 fire towers.

The forest fire, which started on the night of June 24 and still smoldering in Spain’s southwestern region of Huelva, burned a total of 8,486 hectares, the Andalusian Regional Government said on Wednesday. Environmental spokesman for Andalusia, Jose Fiscal, confirmed the damage on his Twitter account. Over 2,000 people had had to be evacuated from hotels and campsites on the perimeter of the fire, he said. He added that the perimeter established around the fire was actually 10,900 hectares, but within that perimeter, 2,414 hectares of woodland were still intact. The fire damaged two protected areas: 6,761 hectares of Donana National Park, which has UNESCO protected status and is home to around 400 different species such as the threatened Iberian Lynx and Iberian Eagle, and 17 hectares of Laguna de Palos y Madres Nature Park. The Andalusian government believed that had it not been for the work of fire fighters, who at the height of the blaze numbered around 500, the damage would have been far worse for the 43,225 hectares of woods and scrubland. According to the regional government, temperatures were around 40 degrees Celsius when the fire began, with a wind-speed of between 30 and 40 km per hour (km/h) and gusts of up to 90 km/h at night, which helped propagate the flames and made it impossible to use aircraft or helicopters to fight the fire. A total of 50 firemen remain in the zone to continue the work of damping down and to ensure there are no flare ups, while investigations continue into the cause of the blaze. Authorities have not ruled out a human cause.
Read full text at: http://eng.belta.by/society/view/spanish-forest-fire-burns-over-8400-hectares-in-and-around-national-park-102857-2017/
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Read more at: https://phys.org/news/2017-06-peatlands-dwindling-losses.html#jCpTropical peat swamp forests, which once occupied large swaths of Southeast Asia and other areas, provided a significant “sink” that helped remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. But such forests have been disappearing fast due to clear-cutting and drainage projects making way for plantations. Now, research shows peatlands face another threat, as climate change alters rainfall patterns, potentially destroying even forested peatlands that remain undrained.

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