UFOs in Fire Officer's Guide to Disaster Control

Chapter 13 of the 1994 Fire Officer's Guide to Disaster Control entitled "Enemy Attack and UFO Potential". It begins with, "In this chapter we will now turn our attention to the very real threat posed by Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs), whether they exist or not." The document goes on to say, "We will see, as we continue our discussion in this chapter, that widespread blackouts, communication disruptions, and other potentially disastrous conditions have been linked directly to UFO sightings." The document discusses the 1942 "Los Angeles Air Raid" and other UFO incidents.

To give you a better idea of what exactly the document discusses, I have listed the chapter subtitles below.

  I.  THE UFO THREAT - A FACT
    a. UFO Discussion - Why Now?
    b. UFO Background Information
    c. UFOs - What Are They?
    d. UFO Classification System
    e. Shapes of UFOs
    f. History of UFOs
    g. UFO Organizations
    h. Why the Secrecy?
    i. UFO Missions
  II.  ADVERSE POTENTIAL OF UFOs
    a. UFO Hazards
    b. Force Field Impact
    c. Communications Disruption
    d. Regional Power Blackouts
    e. Fireballs Over Syracuse - The Blackout Connection
    f. UFOs - The Panic Hazard
    g. Personal Hazards - Physiological
  III.  UFOs - EMERGENCY ACTION
I had heard of this manual several years ago, but I just got it several days ago. I must say that it is very interesting. A teacher at my high school who is also a UFO researcher was also very interested. Although the information in it will be nothing new to UFO researchers, it is impressive, especially when one considers that this is a fire official's disaster guide. The manual doesn't come out and say UFOs are real, but it is written as if it is known that they are. And somebody thought that UFOs are real enough to warrant inclusion in this manual.

From: Blair Cummins

A quote from the manual: WARNING: "Near approaches of UFOs can be hazardous to human beings. Do not stand under a UFO that is hovering at low altitude. Do not touch or attempt to touch a UFO that has landed. In either case, the best thing to do is to get away from there very quickly and LET THE MILITARY TAKE OVER (my emphasis). There is a possibility of radiation danger and there are known cases where persons have been burned by rays emanating from UFOs. Don't take chances with UFOs!"

Fire Officer's Guide To Disaster Control

Guard Against Complacency

It is easy for those of us in North America to consider the possibility of enemy attack as being quite remote. While it is true that this continent has not been visited with the death and destruction accompanying past wars. We have found in each generation that wars are all too common and could indeed at some future date involve our country. Certainly many portions of North America are within easy range of enemy nuclear submarines and we could, at the least expected time, be suddenly involved in a conflict.

The Persian Gulf War served as an example of how quickly the United States can find itself in military conflict. Hence there is always a need to guard against the complacency that has evolved as our country; has enjoyed relative insulation from previous wars.

The UFO Threat-a Fact

In this chapter we will now turn our attention to the very real threat posed by Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs) whether they exist or note The well-documented and highly publicized War of the Worlds radio drama by Orson Wells shows how even a perceived existence to alien creatures can cause very real disaster like conditions and panic among a given populace In addition. if the apparent v visits by alien beings and their space vehicles should pose any type of threat it will. as always be the fire service that is called upon to provide the first line of life-saving defense and disaster mitigation.

On April 25. 1991 radio station KSHE in St. Louis. Missouri was fined $25,000 by the Federal Communications Commission for broadcasting a mock warning of a nuclear attack during the Persian Gulf War The seriousness with which the FCC treated this case is indicative of the very real panic that can be created from even illusionary or fictional phenomena. Certainly if these unexplainable events become more prevalent. the possibility of panic could be even greater: and again. the fire department will be the agency called upon to handle the situation.(35) Hence as we near the year 2000 and move beyond. any comprehensive disaster plan should address the potential for panic and other deleterious effects that might be{ail a populated area when unexplainable phenomena occur. We will see 35 we continue our discussion in this chapter. that widespread blackouts. Communication d.. disruptions and other potentially disastrous conditions have been linked directly to UFO sightings. Hence fire service leaders who want to ensure that their disaster planning is complete will not neglect an appendix to outline those things that could be done in preparation (or the occurrence of such phenomena.

Throughout this book, many of the references to actual events are based on the experiences of both of the authors. However. n this area of UFOs and their potential we are relying largely on the research and experiences of Charles Bahme. Chuck has made a considerable study of this subject and is acquiring many publications and VCR tapes to augment his library on this and related phenomena. His interest in UFOs was greatly heightened when Congress in 1969 adopted a law (14 CFR Ch.. V Part 1211—Extraterrestrial Exposure) which gave the NASA Administrator the arbitrary discretion to quarantine under armed guard any object, person, or other form of life which has been extraterrestrially exposed. The very fact that our congressmen believed there was a necessity for such drastic authority made Chuck wonder if they had only our astronauts in mind when they adopted it. Could it be applied to anyone who has had a UFO encounter? Whether it has or not is not likely to be a topic for public dissemination.

UFO Discussion Why Now?

The subject of UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects) was not included in previous editions of this book. The first edition was the Handbook of Disaster Control which Chuck personally published in 1952 following his release from active naval duty in the Korean War. Although his services in the conflict as Security Coordinator for the Chief of Naval Operations involved the creation of a worldwide disaster control organization for the protection of the physical properties of the Navy it must be admitted that the directives approved for this new organization did not reflect any significant concern for a flying saucer threat to its shore establishment. That was in the 1950s. Now that we are in the 1990s it is doubtful that the UFO potential would be brushed off so lightly by our military security forces. This change of attitude was evidenced as far back as December 24, 1959 when the Inspector General of the Air Force issued the following Operations and Training Order - "Unidentified Flying Objects—sometimes treated lightly by the press and referred to as 'Flying Saucers'—must be rapidly and accurately identified as serious Air Force business...."(36)

There is no uncertainty about the reality of the war between nations on our planet and the disastrous effects of military actions. The 200 sorties flown every hour against Irag In the Persian Gulf provided ample evidence of global wars destructive power. On the other hand, there are many persons who may believe that a discussion of the theoretical harm that could be caused by a real or imaginary invasion of UFOs would be "Far Out!" But this is not so for the thousands of witnesses of unexplained aerial phenomena. To them it is also serious business.

Chuck's interest in UFOs commenced during the early morning hours of August 26, 1942 while he was roller skating from his house to the nearest fire station a few blocks away; the wail of sirens had signaled his recall to fire duty, and with the stringent blackout orders in effect, driving was not wise; besides, it was much more exciting to be out in the open where he could see the spectacular aerial "fireworks" that filled the heavens all around him. Few residents of the U.S. had ever experienced a real or imaginary invasion of UFOs like that which occurred in what has become known as "The Los Angeles Air Raid of 1942." The Army announced the approach of hostile aircraft and the city's air raid warning system went into effect for the first time in World War II. The defense to this "attack" is described in dramatic terms in the opening paragraph of this chapter.

But what enemy had been routed? No one ever knew. All the fire fighters saw in the sky were the 15 or 20 moving 'things' which seemed to change course at great speed apparently unaffected by the flak from bursting shells all around them. Rumors that one had been shot down were never verified nor was the explanation that these zig zagging invaders were weather balloons ever taken seriously. In any event, For Chuck. that unforgettable episode aroused a continuing interest in UFOs, rivaling his professional fields of law and fire protection. The fact that he subsequently was a member of a group whose sighting of a flight of UFOs was authenticated by airport radar helped to sustain that interest.

UFO Background Information

With no intention of trying to prove or disprove the authenticity of the numerous UFO encounters often related by very credible witnesses including airline and military pilots, astronauts, police officers, fire fighters, members of Congress, and even a U.S. President, the balance of this chapter will present a brief history and nature of UFOs and their alleged occupants; their widespread sightings over the globe since ancient times; their appearance, propulsion origin, and possible motives for continuing reconnaissance.

A quick look at some of the classic accounts of encounters documented in numerous foreign and U.S. publications might help us judge the magnitude of their threat. if any to social stability, and, if deemed desirable, propose a fire service plan for coping with some of the conceivable catastrophic effects that UFOs could produce on cities and densely populated areas.

For readers who already have made up their minds that there is no such thing as a UFO notwithstanding the overwhelming evidence to the contrary it should be pointed out that there is circumstantial evidence that disastrous effects have already been attributed to UFO activity in more than one nation, including the United States.

UFOsWho Are They?

William Shakespeare put a fitting observation in the mouth of Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, that went like this: "There are more things in heaven and earth Horatio, than are dreamed of in your philosophy." Whether Hamlet was referring to those strange lights or objects that appear in the sky or near the ground and have no known cause, we will never know, but the World Book Encyclopedia defines such things as UFOs.(37)

Several theories have been propounded as to what they might be. Some scientists believe that they are of extraterrestrial origin--coming from other planets. Military officers conjecture that they might be alien aircraft. Some attribute them all to natural causes such as meteors, comets, sun dogs, light reflections, marsh gas, ball lightning, even though they must admit that scientists cannot explain all UFO reports in that manner. Still others are inclined to believe that they may be forms from other dimensions which can materialize and dematerialize at will perhaps by making a wavelength or frequency transition so as to become invisible to humans. Some believe they are time travelers from the future.

Firefighters Briefed on UFO Emergencies in New Manual

According to the Jan. 1995 issue of OMNI, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in its National Fire Training Academy Open Learning Program, is using a book for emergency crews titled the Fire Officer's Guide to Disaster Control (second edition). The book, put together by the late Charles W. Bahme and William M. Kramer, has a section that takes a look at emergency situations involving UFOs.

According to the OMNI article, "It only makes sense that civilian emergency personnel from police to firefighters may be called to the scene of a close encounter, real or not...[O]ur country's 'first responders' have never been given any kind of background on the UFO phenomenon, until now...

"For a detailed briefing on the topic, all professional rescuers need do is refer to the new, second edition of the Fire Officer's Guide to Disaster Control (Fire Engineering Books and Videos). Used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in its National Fire Training Academy Open Learning Program, the book covers, in addition to more traditional fire fare, the ABCs of UFOs: In practical language, the manual examines potential problems like disruption of transportation and communication, possible psychological and physical impacts, and speculations about government secrecy. To fire up imaginations, the manual also presents a hypothetical alien encounter.

"The guide's UFO section is primarily informational, says Kramer, 'intended to get fire officers thinking. Nearly everyone has told me they were impressed that a mysterious subject was taken out of the closet, and many believe we are, somehow, eventually going to make contact with other forms of intelligent life.'"

Omni; January, 1995

SUBJECT: FIREFIGHTERS BRIEFED ON UFOs FILE: UFO2836

BY A.J.S.RAYL for Omni

It only makes sense that civilian emergency personnel from police to firefighters may be called to the scene of a close encounter, real or not. But despite their role on the front lines of virtually any emergency, our country's "first responders" have never been given any kind of background on the UFO phenomenon, until now.

For a detailed briefing on the topic, all professional rescuers need do is refer to the new, second edition of the Fire Officer's Guide to Disaster Control (Fire Engineering Books and Videos). Used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in its National Fire Training Academy Open Learning Program, the book covers, in addition to more traditional fire fare, the ABCs of UFOs: In practical language, the manual examines potential problems like disruption of transportation and communication, possible psychological and physical impacts, and speculation about government secrecy. To fire up imaginations, the manual also presents a hypothetical alien encounter.

This radical primer was the brainstorm of the late Charles W. Bahme, a former Los Angeles Fire Department deputy chief, who researched UFOs for years. According to Bahme, his interest was ignited August 26, 1942 during the famous "L.A. Air Raid." As sirens and news bulletins announced an enemy invasion, Bahme, then a young Navy fireman, watched some 20 objects zoom and zigzag overhead. "They changed course at incredible speeds while gun crews along the coastline pumped more than 1,400 rounds at them," he said. Two hours later, all was quiet on the Western front. "Rumors that they were extraterrestrial craft, that one was shot down, were never confirmed," he said. "The official explanation--weather balloons--was never taken seriously."

After serving as security coordinator for the Chief of Naval Operations, Bahme went on to write the original Handbook of Disaster control in 1952, and the first Fire Officer's Guide to Disaster Control in 1978. Finally, in 1993, he teamed up with William M. Kramer, a district chief with the Cincinnati Fire Department, to write the current manual.

So, if confronted with something alien, what's a firefighter to do? Considering the federal law (14 CFR, Ch. V, Part 1211) giving NASA arbitrary discretion "to quarantine under armed guard any object, person, or other form of life extraterrestrially exposed," the primer suggests it would be "inadvisable to make personal contact" unless one is willing to submit to quarantine should the law be invoked.

That notwithstanding, the manual advises, "In the absence of overt acts indicating hostility, there may be no danger in approaching a UFO with a positive, solicitous attitude of wanting to be of service," which may be "telepathically sensed by those aboard." But, "Any display of weapons could be construed as unfriendly."

The quids UFO section is primarily informational, says Kramer, "intended to get fire officers thinking. Nearly everyone has told me they were impressed that a mysterious subject was taken out of the closet, and many believe we are, somehow, eventually going to make contact with other forms of intelligent life."

In general, the UFO community approves. "While a few of the sources aren't the best," says Mark Rodeghier, scientific director of the Center for UFOStudies in Chicago, "nobody else has even tried to devise a plan for public officials before."


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