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An evaluation of handheld infrared cameras for ground initial attack crew use during wildfire mop-up operations

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub8722
Author
VanderMeer, Scott
Ault, Ray
Hvenegaard, Steve
Date
March 2011
Material Type
research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
VanderMeer, Scott
Ault, Ray
Hvenegaard, Steve
Date
March 2011
Material Type
research report
Physical Description
30 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Wildfire Operations
Subject
Wildfires
Infrared sensing
Series Number
Fire Report FR-2011-03-28
Language
English
Abstract
Infrared technology is widely used by Canadian wildfire management agencies to achieve wildfire suppression objectives. The use of infrared technology to identify smouldering woody material during the final stages of fire mop-up is most commonly conducted using helicopters equipped with infrared cameras. This report documents the use of an infrared camera by firefighters on the ground on two separate fires in Ontario. FPInnovations has completed several projects related to the use of infrared technology in identifying small, smouldering spots of burning organic material. This Ontario study is our first evaluation of handheld infrared cameras operated on the fireline by fire crews. The initial reaction to the project proposal was suggestion that widespread use of infrared technology on the ground would result in a reduction in cold trailing activities. This study found the use of an infrared camera on the fireline did not alter conventional cold trailing activities but generally complemented conventional patrol and mopup procedures by enabling firefighters to locate more hotspots earlier in the day. In part this study was initiated in response to improvements in infrared camera technology which have increased their applicability to ground patrol operations while reducing the camera acquisition and maintenance cost. This project is a cooperative study between the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and FPInnovations.
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Assessing the need for footwear with protective toecaps for wildland fire operations in Alberta

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub3874
Author
Ault, Ray
Date
2002
Edition
40595
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Ault, Ray
Date
2002
Edition
40595
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
8 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Wildfire Operations
Subject
Wildfires
Safety
Alberta
Advantage
Series Number
Advantage ; Vol. 3, No. 36
Language
English
Abstract
This study identified footwear appropriate for Alberta wildland firefighters and assessed the need for protective toecaps on their footwear. Hazard and risk of foot injuries were assessed, and recommendations are made.
Fire fighters
Wildfires
Safety
Footwear
Boots
Protective toecaps
Alberta
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Comparing the canopy penetration of airtanker drops between forest fuel-treated stands and untreated stands

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub49365
Author
Hsieh, E.
Ault, Ray
Date
January 2017
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Hsieh, E.
Ault, Ray
Date
January 2017
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
35 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Wildfire Operations
Subject
Wildfires
Stands
Fuel
Treatment
FPI TR
Series Number
Technical Report ; TR 2017 n.20
Language
English
Abstract
Wildfire is a natural phenomenon in Canada that threatens to destroy property and endanger lives. Wildfire agencies are tasked with reducing the threat of wildfire in the wildland-urban interface, which becomes a greater issue as more communities locate near or within forests or become more populated. Forest fuel treatments that reduce or modify forest stands are the most common and effective methods to reduce wildfire danger around communities. However, convincing the public to support forest fuel treatments around their communities can be a challenge for wildfire managers. Understandably, communities want some assurance that what they are committing to will make a difference. One of the many benefits of forest fuel treatments is thought to be an increase in the effectiveness of wildfire operations.
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Demonstration: Trident Pump high pressure, high volume, versatile pump

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub7322
Author
Ault, Ray
Campbell, Roy
Gough, Derek
Date
October 2017
Edition
49486
Material Type
research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Ault, Ray
Campbell, Roy
Gough, Derek
Date
October 2017
Edition
49486
Material Type
research report
Physical Description
3 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Wildfire Operations
Subject
Wildfires
Forestry
Forest fire
Series Number
InfoNote ; 2017 n.29
Language
English
Abstract
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry asked FPInnovations to evaluate the patented Trident Pump System developed by Younkers Wielding for the system's suitability for wildfire operations. This report summarizes the author's observations and thoughts.
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Development of a recommended standard for off-highway, ground-based water delivery systems for Alberta

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub40745
Author
Ault, Ray
Date
September 2006
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Ault, Ray
Date
September 2006
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
11 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Forestry
Subject
Wildfires
Water
Tanks
Systems
Safety
Alberta
Advantage
Series Number
Advantage ; Vol. 7, No. 13
Language
English
Abstract
The Forest Engineering Resarch institute of Canada (FERIC) surveyed off-highway, ground-based water delivery systems working in Alberta wildland fire operations to develop a recommended standard for these types of systems. This report contains information useful in the design and operation of mobile water delivery equipment in support of Alberta fire operations.
Fire suppression
Wildfires
Fire management
Safety
Alberta
Water delivery systems
Tanks
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Evaluation of rotary-wing thermal infrared service delivery using simulated wildfire hotspots

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub8723
Author
Gibos, Kelsey
Ault, Ray
Date
August 2009
Material Type
research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Gibos, Kelsey
Ault, Ray
Date
August 2009
Material Type
research report
Physical Description
16 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Wildfire Operations
Subject
Wildfires
Infrared sensing
Thermography
Series Number
Fire Report
Language
English
Abstract
The provinces of Alberta and British Columbia requested FPInnovations- Feric to manage an independent evaluation of vendors interested in providing thermal infrared services during wildland fire operations. The evaluation was meant to determine a company’s ability to: - meet criteria for detection and accuracy; - produce and deliver products, both digital and hard copy, in standardized formats; and - integrate multiple technologies in an optimal arrangement. Feric consulted with experienced wildland fire operations staff and individuals knowledgeable in thermal imaging to establish an evaluation process that provides a consistent and reliable assessment of product performance and capability in a wildfire setting. It is intended that all rotary wing thermal infrared vendors will demonstrate their services in providing hotspot detection to the quality and standards stipulated by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development (Alberta SRD) prior to commencing contract operations.
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Helicopter on-board system for mixing water-enhancing gel: field assessment

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub7318
Author
Ault, Ray
Hsieh, Rex
McIlwaine, Patrick
Date
July 2017
Edition
49477
Material Type
research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Ault, Ray
Hsieh, Rex
McIlwaine, Patrick
Date
July 2017
Edition
49477
Material Type
research report
Physical Description
4 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Wildfire Operations
Subject
Wildfires
Forestry
Forest fire
Gel
Series Number
InfoNote ; 2017 n.23
Language
English
Abstract
In May 2017 FPInnovations conducted an initial field assessment of a helicopter on-board system for mixing water-enhancing gel concentrate at Fort Vermillion. For this study, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry contracted a Bell 214B helicopter with on-board gel mixing capability. The helicopter company chose Firewall II gel and an Isolair external tank to meet the contract requirements. This Info Note presents FPInnovations’ observations of the ability of the on-board mixing system to effectively mix Firewall II gel with water.
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Infrared hotspot prototype construction, testing and evaluation

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub7509
Author
Campbell, Roy
Ault, Ray
Hsieh, Rex
Badcock, Jamie
Ackerman, Mark
Date
April 2018
Edition
49825
Material Type
research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Campbell, Roy
Ault, Ray
Hsieh, Rex
Badcock, Jamie
Ackerman, Mark
Date
April 2018
Edition
49825
Material Type
research report
Physical Description
2 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Wildfire Operations
Subject
Prototypes
Testing
Scanning
Wildfires
Forest fires
Fire
Series Number
InfoNote ; 2018 n. 9
Language
English
Abstract
Innovation in hotspot target equipment used for Infrared (IR) testing reduces risks and logistical challenges. This InfoNote describes the development of a new hotspot prototype for use at the IR grid in Hinton, Alberta.
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Use of sprinklers and aqueous gel for structure protection from wildfire

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub40895
Author
Walkinshaw, Stew
Ault, Ray
Date
February 2008
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Walkinshaw, Stew
Ault, Ray
Date
February 2008
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
10 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Forestry
Subject
Wildfires
Gel
Advantage
Series Number
Advantage ; Vol. 9, No. 8
Language
English
Abstract
FPInnovations studied the effectiveness of sprinkler systems and aqueous gel for the protection of structures from wildfire. The study results may assist fire suppression personnel when making strategic decisions on wildland–urban interface fires. The time and resources required to set up the systems, water volumes used, structural damage, and structure temperatures were investigated.
Structure protection
Fire suppression
Sprinklers
Aqueous gel
Wildfires
Wildland– urban interface
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Use of sprinklers and aqueous gel for structure protection from wildfire – case study 2

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub40910
Author
Walkinshaw, Stew
Ault, Ray
Date
May 2009
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Walkinshaw, Stew
Ault, Ray
Date
May 2009
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
12 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Forestry
Subject
Wildfires
Studs
Gel
Advantage
Series Number
Advantage ; Vol. 11, No. 3
Language
English
Abstract
FPInnovations performed two case studies in the Northwest Territories to evaluate the effectiveness of sprinkler systems and aqueous gel for the protection of structures from wildfire. This report presents the results from the second study. The study results may assist fire suppression personnel when making strategic decisions on wildland–urban interface fires. The time and resources required to set up the systems, water volumes used, structural damage from wildfire, and structure temperatures were investigated.
Structure protection
Fire suppression
Sprinklers
Aqueous gel
Wildfires
Wildland–urban interface
Fire fighting
Case studies
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