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    Ricks Napkin Forces Challenge Part 2 BIG Numbers

    I can agree with with the UH1Y as part of the Bell fleet...heck that aligns well with a lot of the civilian users that still use variants of the 212 simplifying cross training. Does not still to be in production though which raises a question about currency of airframes and future support...
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    Ricks Napkin Forces Challenge Part 2 BIG Numbers

    I used the LAV6 mostly because it's what I've seen. I don't know enough to argue the merits of CV-90 vs. Bradley for example and tracked vs. wheeled. Preference is for wheeled due to speed (I think?) but more important is having enough units purchased to cover not just deployed units but...
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    Ricks Napkin Forces Challenge Part 2 BIG Numbers

    It is 2025. The Center Thinking Party of Canada has beaten Trudeau and Poilievre both did NOT win. Out of No where, the newly Formed Center CTPC swept into a majority government. YOU are now tasked as CDS and redesigning the forces from the ground up. You have these boundaries 1. Total Armed...
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    Rick (Master Crayon Eater) on choosing your political horse

    Pretty simple set of initial criteria for me: 1) you have to actually campaign in the riding. If I show up on election day and you've made no effort to even put signs up you're not a viable option to support my interests 2) Fiscal accountability is key. Which means not spending like a...
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    2024 Wildfire Season

    Was there at Kelowna too...on holidays though. Not going to speak on tactics as I was not involved and don't know enough about what was going on in BC at that exact time. The Convair CV-580's still do good service and frankly some of the larger airframes like the Convair are nice in the...
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    2024 Wildfire Season

    Might have been one of the Coulson C-130. I didn't see it but it was active in May/June in Alberta. I'm not aware of any blue/white color schemes off the top of my head that would match Coulson Aviation to bring another C-130 airtanker online this summer - Skies Mag. See Tanker #132
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    2024 Wildfire Season

    The CL-515 is still a concept and while the -215 and -415's are good planes they also fill only part of the role. For example they can haul some people but not alot due to the water tanks and scooping design. Coulson has 3? C-130's certified for civilian use and is trying to source more...
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    2024 Wildfire Season

    And we're off.... https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/alberta-moves-up-start-date-for-wildfire-season-fire-season-now-underway-1.6776259
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    2024 Wildfire Season

    I personally really like the concept of the MAFF's unit as they are a quick exchange process allowing a C-130 to move from a cargo hauler or people hauler to an air tanker. And have proven the technology on extended multiple day deployments. Don't get me wrong...ideally this is a...
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    2024 Wildfire Season

    It really varies by jurisdiction. Some provinces investigate every fire while others it's only suspicious fires. However when you're dealing with suspicious fires it's not a simple case of "he did it" but also establishing a sufficient case of evidence to be able to charge a person with...
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    2024 Wildfire Season

    There is already the modular MAFF's units in use by the US National Guard C-130's and Coulson (private fleet) uses a similar system. It's not just about being able to drop once but also the cycle times involved to maintain the wet line. That being said I haven't seen the cardboard trials yet...
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    2024 Wildfire Season

    And then there was this commitment made by the Prime Minister yesterday: https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/canada-to-help-chile-battle-wildfires-1.6764676 No idea what agency was asked or what resources he's referring to as most are still cleaning up from last year/preparing for this season.
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    2024 Wildfire Season

    https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/how-alberta-wildfire-responds-to-increased-winter-fires-1.7108499 For reference crews have been on fires pretty much all winter....and new starts still occurring as shown here: https://www.arcgis.com/apps/dashboards/3ffcc2d0ef3e4e0999b0cf8b636defa3
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    Canada doesn’t matter to the rest of the world - and it’s our own fault

    Not to minimize the very valid issues if the CAF is the primary agency for disaster response...which I fully don't believe they should be. But I've also just finished reading the report of a 1956 forest fire fatality due to the 1 PPCLI being called out at the base commanders orders to assist...
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    Freedom Convoy protests [Split from All things 2019-nCoV]

    Thanks for the additional insight into solo command vs. unified command. While I'm not law enforcement there also seems to be a common issue with complex incidents not initiating unified command early - at least in the natural disaster/response world - for a wide range of reasons from egos...
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    Hamas invaded Israel 2023

    The more I see protests, of all types and spectrums, the more I lean towards the UK example. Designated protest locations only available (city zoning issue) and legislation preventing blocking highways, national infrastructure etc. As I understand it the protest locations are chosen to be...
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    Trudeau Popularity - or not. Nanos research

    Considering this pipeline is about 400m from my house....and there were two, equally large similar projects going through the area at the same time...it is quite amazing the difference in work done. TransMountain set a timeline to have work done by but then added many more...
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    Climate disasters will be part of defence update as strains grow, minister says

    FEMA only this year aligned their training with the National Wildfire Coordination Group (USFS, BL, Nat'l Parks, US Dept. of Defense amongst others). So just because they have the ability to be the top dog on a national level incident does not mean they have always succeeded...and the changes...
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    WSIB in Emergency Services

    While I am very impressed by the changes in the Volunteer fire department world where the PTSD factors are addressed significantly better over the last decade wildland firefigters...most of whom are seasonal staff and/or contractors...still have major issues. Closest match I can think of is...
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    Climate disasters will be part of defence update as strains grow, minister says

    Rules are still on the books in Alberta allowing Conscription. Off the top of my head it's 18-55 MALES only with the exception of certain roles: 1) priests enroute to a funeral 2) judges or lawyers enroute to trial 3) Doctors or nurses enroute to a medical call 4) members of the...
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