Posted by SlaveOfSam on September 18, 2003 at 10:29:09:
In Reply to: Re: fire posted by maddog_bill on September 17, 2003 at 22:18:34:
Sorry, Maddog bill, but your point strays in the face of common sense. The Navy SAR team has a responsibility, especially during TRAINING EXERCISES, to conduct their operations in a safe and sane manner. With extremely high fire danger and sustained high winds, that crew had no business using incendiaries for any purpose. This action constituted gross negligence and should be accounted for. I believe Cynic's point was the utter irresponsibility of the Navy in conducting a training exercise with flares in such conditions, and the fact that prosecution of that negligence is far less likely when the government is the purpertrator. Finally, your cost comparison example may be accurate when comparing this particular fire's putdown cost compared to the U.S. Navy's entire SAR costs on an annual basis; however, a more distinct cost comparison (ie. the cost to fight this fire compared to a single SAR sortie)is in order. In any event, such irresponsibility in the conduct of Navy training missions is reprehensible and will probably go unpunished. P.S. Remember the SAR squadron helicopter from China Lake that went down while skimming the upper Kern River a while ago? Exactly what was the training value of flying into high wires while shooting the canyon?