Fire managers are evaluating new technology to improve the efficiency of firefighting operations and the safety of our firefighters.
Current and emerging technology solutions offer the potential for real-time imagery; faster and more dependable communications and data transfer; location tracking of resources; and advanced aerial resources to provide better situational awareness and improved decision making.
Forest Service fire staff are currently working with interagency partners to develop and evaluate a number of different fire-related technology projects. Selected projects were funded through the Wildfire Suppression Funding and Forest Management Act section of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018 (2018 Omnibus Bill).
Highlighted projects include: