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Mr. Tom Harbour

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Aviation Management Director

Fire Agencies
Phone: (510) ***-****  HQ Phone
Fire
935 Pardee St.
Berkeley, California 94710
United States

Company Description: Fire Cause Analysis (FCA) provides fire investigation, forensic engineering, multi-disciplinary engineering, and scientific evaluations to clients in the insurance...   more
Background

Employment History

  • Director of Fire and Aviation Management
    Forest Service Agency
  • National Director of Fire and Aviation Management
    Forest Service Agency
  • Director, Fire and Aviation Management
    US Forest Service
  • National Director , Fire and Aviation Management
    US Forest Service
  • Director of Fire and Aviation Management
    USDA
  • Deputy Director
    Thirtymile

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Director
    Fire
  • Director
    Fire and Aviation , U.S.
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They Said
www.wildlandfire.com, 13 Feb 2014 [cached]
This goes along with the WO where Mr. Harbour and I have a fairly good rapport and frequent dialogue.
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As I've said before, they and others like Mr. Harbour have absolutely no lawful or contractual obligation to communicate with the FWFSA.
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Sent on behalf of - Tom Harbour, Director, Fire and Aviation Management, US Forest Service
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Sent on behalf of Tom Harbour, Director, Fire and Aviation Management, US Forest Service
But Tom Harbour, national ...
www.latimes.com, 2 July 2013 [cached]
But Tom Harbour, national director for fire and aviation management at the Forest Service, emphasized that investigators would not focus on assigning blame.
Politicians clamored for changes, and ...
www.kansascity.com, 16 Aug 2012 [cached]
Politicians clamored for changes, and government records opened questions about whether firefighting aircraft could have been ordered and deployed more quickly, including at night.

Tom Harbour, director of fire and aviation management for the Forest Service, said political pressure did not prompt the shift, which should have the helicopter in place no later than next June.

"This is a professional decision made by a professional organization after careful analysis and study of the pros and cons, the costs and the benefits," Harbour told The Associated Press in an interview.

The agency has long been reluctant to fly in darkness in rugged national forests for safety reasons. The Forest Service experimented with night flying against wildfires in the 1970s and early 1980s but abandoned it after a helicopter collision.

"There certainly are additional risks and additional expenses," said Harbour, adding that the program would be funded initially with $2 million that would go toward training, staff and equipment, including night-flying goggles.

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Embers, brush and grasses on the forest floor can continue to burn even after a water or retardant drop.

Harbour stressed that the expansion into night flying will not guarantee that every wildfire is extinguished promptly, in all circumstances. He said studies suggested that night flights could be effective in about 30 percent of the wildfires likely to be faced in the region.

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Tom Harbour, director of fire and aviation management for the Forest Service, said political pressure did not prompt the shift, which should have the helicopter in place no later than next June.
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"There certainly are additional risks and additional expenses," said Harbour, adding that the program would be funded initially with $2 million that would go toward training, staff and equipment, including night-flying goggles. The helicopter will be operated by a contractor.
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Harbour stressed that the expansion into night flying will not guarantee that every wildfire is extinguished promptly, in all circumstances. He said studies suggested that night flights could be effective in about 30 percent of the wildfires likely to be faced in the region.
In an exclusive interview with Tom ...
airtanker.org, 5 Dec 2013 [cached]
In an exclusive interview with Tom Harbour, Fire & Aviation Management's Director discusses the award.
Tom Harbour, director of ...
www.globefiresuits.com, 5 Mar 2007 [cached]
Tom Harbour, director of fire & aviation management for the USDA Forest Service, was gracious enough to spend a few valuable moments with the group, and the conversation naturally turned to a subject in which Tom has vast experience and insight-wildland firefighting.
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According to Tom Harbour, his agency will follow up on the inspector general's recommendations."We're not going to walk away, but we will engage in a vigorous debate with our partners about the right way to split the pie," he said.
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