Fire and Aviation Management (F&AM) Program of the Technology and Development Program is an engineering and technical resource for fire managers and wildland fire fighters. The T&D Program provides a systematic application of scientific knowledge to create new or substantially improved equipment, systems, materials, processes, techniques, and procedures to meet the objectives and challenges presented to fire managers and firefighters.
The F&AM T&D Program manages both long and short term projects. Long term projects such as Standards and Specifications for Fire Equipment or Smokejumper Delivery Systems are based on continuous need. Short-term Steering Committee projects are developed from needs that have been identified as a national priority by the F&AM T&D Steering Committee. These projects take from 1 year to 4 years to complete. Lifecycle projects are continuous improvement initiatives to better fire equipment. All fire equipment managed under the National Wildfire Coordinating Group-National Fire Equipment System has specifications. These specifications are maintained by the T&D Program and reviewed approximately every five years. Any new technology that improves the equipment is considered for implementation. Technical Services (Operational Support) projects are short duration, one year or less, that address an immediate need.
Accelerated Tech Transfer
Get Involved – Ongoing Field Test and Evaluations
There are two ways to submit ideas to improve wildland firefighting equipment and or process:
Project Proposal - For Forest Service or other federal, state, or municipal agency cooperators only. Project proposals are reviewed, evaluated and ranked every year at the Fire and Aviation Technology & Development Program Steering Committee.
Innovation Process - For public submission. The submissions are reviewed by subject matter experts as received. The Submission Guide, forms are available at the MyFireCommunity.net website. Proposals may be submited electronically at the same website.
Ralph Gonzales, Fire Program Leader – San Dimas T&D Center
Keith Windell, Fire Program Leader – Missoula T&D Center