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Originally posted by AlphaHawk
reply to post by AlienView
Your simple alien mind obviously can't comprehend the cost involved in what you propose.
Many fire departments are struggling to afford to maintain the fleet they have let alone a thousand.
Role Amphibious water bomber Manufacturer Canadair (Canada One Plant - Saint-Laurent, Quebec (1960s-1980s) Bombardier Aerospace - Dorval, Quebec (1980s-present) and North Bay, Ontario (final assembly 1999-present) First flight 6 December 1993 Introduction 1994 Status Active service Primary users Canada Italy France Greece Number built 88 Unit cost $32 million CAD  Developed from Canadair CL-215
Many ecosystems, particularly prairie, savanna, chaparral and conifer forests, have evolved with fire as a necessary contributor to habitat vitality and renewal. Many plant species in naturally fire-affected environments require fire to germinate, establish, or to reproduce. Fire suppression not only eliminates these species, but also the animals that depend upon them. Finally, fire suppression can lead to the build-up of flammable debris and the creation of less frequent but much larger and more destructive wildfires.
Originally posted by AlienView
You watch the news, you see the forests going up in smoke, thousands of fireman risking their lives and millions of dollars spent; And then after a week or two and thousands and thousands of acres of forest up in smoke they let
local residents return to their homes - if they still have a home left - too often they don't.
And as it is going on you see one, sometimes two or so planes with fire-retardant spraying the forest to help control
the fire; And you ask [at least I do], if these planes are actually capable of controlling forest fires how come they do
not have a large force, say a hundred or even a thousand of these planes at specially built regional airports around
the country and the moment a forest fire begins the well trained force of air fire control pilots go out and in a pre-
planned attack kill the fire fast before it spreads - My alien imagination asks aren't you humans capable of
stopping a simple forest fire? - Can you at least graduate to a 'Stage One Civilization' and control your own environment?
i would think he is suggesting a "federal forest fire air combat system". it could be done, yet the cost of a "fleet" of this type of aircraft for this purpose would be astronomical. figure the price for a Bombardier 415 a water scooping water bomber is 32 MILLION dollars EACH as an example.