THE RAND STUDY – 2012
Air Attack Against Wildfires: Understanding U.S. Forest Service Requirements for Large Aircraft
The RAND Homeland Security and Defense Center
In the fall of 2009, the U.S. Forest Service, an agency of the U.S.
Department of Agriculture, asked the RAND Corporation to undertake the study “Determination and Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Optimal Mix of Helicopters and Airtankers for the U.S. Forest Service.”
The Forest Service requested additional follow-up analyses in the fall
of 2010. The objective of these research projects was to assist the Forest
Service in determining the composition of a fleet of airtankers, scoopers, and helicopters that would minimize the total social costs of
wildfires, including the cost of large fires and the cost of aircraft. This
report summarizes the research approach and results and should be of
interest to Forest Service officials and others who are concerned with
ensuring that the nation’s wildfire-fighting capabilities are maintained
in an efficient and cost-effective way…
THE RAND STUDY…
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