Saturday, December 27, 2008

Results from California Earthquake Drill


California had it's big earthquake drill, where all the damage was laid out in fantastic detail. One thing that came out is the fire fighting. I think it's totally hopeless in the worst case, since the firehouses are damaged, the roads are covered with debris, and the water pipes are all cracked.

If they wanted to do conventional fire fighting, they would need trucks that resembled tanks, with big rubber tracks, and huge storage tanks for foam. Even then, I doubt they would have enough capacity. I just have this vision of 'Fire Tanks', with tracks and the turret gun shooting foam!

So what are they going to do? Just give up when there's an earthquake? Go out on foot? Let all the fires burn out? I'm quite interested in the official bureaucratic response.

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