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  • 04/16/2014
  • Marty Alexander
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Dear Ab:
More on the Swedish fire behaviour training courses.



Marty Alexander
Leduc County, Alberta

General Ab translation with a little help on technical
names and land ownership from Annie Johnsson:

Just the cost of the Hassela forest fire in 2008 went over 20 million (kronor, SEK or over US $3,055,140). Because more than half of Sweden is covered by company-owned forest and half is privately-owned, fire threatens both economic and cultural values. The private forest company representative Annie Johansson from Småland Kyllesjö performed in an EU-project, three forest fire courses, two on the Hassela Fire.

- "I have been in contact with nearby countries and two people from Denmark have participated in the first course in Hassela. The goal was to unite the whole range of (fire operators and engineers) and it was heartily diverse – so we have had exciting discussions and learned from each other," says Annie Johnsson, herself trained in Canada.

- This is a niche where we in the industry can learn much from Canada. The participating Canadian instructors Marty Alexander, Mark Hethcott and Stan Harvey believe their knowledge can be applied and adapted to Swedish conditions.

- I would like to define or refine our understanding of the effect of the particular forest environment on fire behavior, says Marty Alexander, from Alberta, as he’s researched fire behavior in pines for 42 years. He points out that it is not a question of technology and strategy.

- We calculate how many days per year a forest fire can potentially occur, based on weather statistics since 1925. We then make calculations and try to anticipate how the fire will behave. Sweden can also make models and learn how to count on the various parameters. Forest fires will occur, not the least with changing climatic conditions.

- There is a need for more research based on Swedish conditions. The Swedish University of Agriculture has done its part, among other things, Barr’s research supports my theory that Swedish pine trees have higher fuel moisture and burn less.

Maja Norling from Jämtland and Teresia Gustafson, fire engineer and civil protector also from Jämtland are very satisfied with the course.

- Forest fire is one of all fire types in Sweden, it will be interesting to discuss this in our covenant, and consider what the data is and how we should read forests.

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