On Tuesday 13th August, U.S. Senator, Steve Daines, toured the Ascent Vision Technologies HQ and Bridger Aerospace HQ to see first-hand the innovative technologies that are supporting wildfire management missions in the U.S. The visit was prompted by Daines’ announcement of plans to introduce a new legislation that will better protect communities against deadly wildfires.
Bridger Aerospace provides comprehensive services to support the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Department of the Interior, CalFire and other government organisations for effective wildfire management in the U.S.
Technologies include Type 1 Air Tactical Group Supervisor (ATGS) platforms, aerial tankers and fully integrated UAS platforms. Bridger’s platforms are fitted with AVT’s revolutionary aerial surveillance optics that are essential for delivering accurate data and analytics necessary for safe and informed wildfire relief.
CEO at AVT, Tim Sheehy, said
“The forest and prairie are supposed to burn on a regular basis; of course, the key is we want them to burn relatively safely and not kill people and not burn property in the process. The ways in which we support the fire industry are more than just flying an active fire incident at times. It’s providing data and analytics for other supporting fire functions that necessarily doesn’t have to deal with a fire incident burning at that time.”
U.S. Sen. Daines said
“Unfortunately, millions of acres of forests in our states and across the West remain at high risk of catastrophic wildfires, and there is strong consensus that fire seasons will only get worse… We believe additional resources are urgently needed to protect our communities and tackle these emergency conditions.”
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