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Retired RN (Pediatrics ICU) Donna Bohannon Interviews Professor Curtis Bennett on Smart Meters in Memphis & New President of MLGW Not Informed of Liability.

Professionals always have to be careful about speaking over their areas of expertise because there can be liability. Our own consulting has included insurance for any errors or omissions.

Jerry Collins was the previous President of MLGW, a professional engineer(Civil), Bieber is a Mechanical Engineer with an energy background in Ontario where 4.8 million meters have been illegally installed. If Collins and Bieber had contacted a qualified electrical professional at the concept of wireless meters, it would have been a very short meeting and Memphis wouldn’t have meters today. EMFs are an electrical interaction first requiring a qualified electrical interpretation first.

Here is a quote from page 3 of the  link to a declassified U.S. Army document, Bioeffects of Selected Non Lethal Weapons

“Laboratory research is still being pursued to identify mechanisms of interaction. However, other than thermal heating for microwave frequencies, there is no yet agreed upon mechanism of action. As a consequence, our knowledge base is developed entirely with phenomenological observations

The mechanisms of interaction are the highly penetrating RF EMFs interacting with anything in the coverage area.

One mechanism of action as it pertains to Collins are the RF EMFs interacting with buildings and infrastructure. Inducing electrical currents and high speed oscillations polarizing billions of times per measurable second. Buildings are designed for their vibrations and buildings would be non compliant with Building Codes.

Jerry Collins didn’t do his job in Memphis and the direct result is the new President of MLGW not understanding the real liability he has taken over. The city is and will be saturated with highly penetrating electromagnetic fields(EMFs) for communication with wireless smart meters. It means the population, buildings, schools, churches, atmosphere, ecosystems, etc are inside the EMF and part of the wireless  electrical circuit.

This interview on May 25, 2018 is an example of a professional’s job being bigger than themselves. My government electrical credentials are applicable across Canada for the utilization of all electricity. That means I am one of the utility’s electrical experts. This interview was specific to the new management at MLGW being put in a position of liability, my job is to report in my qualified capacity.

Donna Bohannon interviews me specific to causation and biological plausibility linking RF EMFs to adverse health effects being lectured for Continuing Medical Education credits required for ongoing medical licensing. That means this isn’t a debate, it is now medical education. Medical professionals have not been informed by Collins that the scope of medical diagnosis has changed.

Thanks to Donna’s guest hosts, support and John Burwell for his continued service to his country. Thanks to Dianne Knight for her hard work, helping people and staying on the truth. Click here for One Hour Interview and important links for education.

 

 

 

Missing Mechanisms of Interaction, Mechanisms of Action, Causation & Biological Plausibility Linking EMFs To Adverse Health Effects, Building & Infrastructure Damage, Crop Failures, Economic Failure, Climate Change, National Security Emergency For EVERY Country

This is a post for people, professionals, elected officials, industries, insurers, lawyers, academia, medicine, unions, all sciences, construction, religion and literally everyone on the planet. This isn’t a debate and any group or professionals wanting to dispute this has to prove electricity does not exist. On top of that they need to defend a plastic body part with liquid in it used for the limits of human exposure as science when it should be an aquarium.

Health Canada, FCC and IEEE all use the same garbage “science” standards making this applicable globally. Governments, utilities and industries were warned about moving forward with a very dangerous technology as applied when exposure codes admitted critical science was missing.

This post will not link any health studies or reporting on health effects because it is specifically the causal evidence and mechanisms linking EMFs to adverse health effects that had been missing for decades.

All applicable professionals including academia have to expand on this in their capacity and failure to do so will bring unrealized consequences with liability. Global exposure codes state that despite the 1000s of articles on health effects, causation and biological plausibility was not understood .

Professor John Orr of West Polytech in Worcester was interviewed on RF EMFs but would not take questions from outside callers. The radio host asked Orr if microwaves were dangerous? His reply was yes “if you were inside the microwave oven or the microwave was leaking.(meaning exposure to microwave EMFs). Orr didn’t understand Worcester and beyond were inside the microwave oven.

The RF EMFs used by your microwave for heating food or drink are the same RF EMFs used for wireless communication. The bottom line is you are in the microwave oven and in the wireless electrical circuit. The bigger plan is for the entire planet to be in a man made microwave oven for ease of communication with wireless devices. The qualified problem is there is nothing on the planet electrically compatible with these RF EMFs except the end use device. When you think of electrical compatibility, keep it simple in that your car battery can not be put in your flashlight.

Google and Uber for one example are competing for driverless cars. Big rigs will be wireless in time and the point is there will be no consumers, profit with these companies killing their own. The EMF coverage will kill all humans and biology without exception.

Google as another example has created a man-made microwave oven from 59,500 feet(11.3 miles) so Puerto Rico can have Wi-Fi and email. Imagine a microwave oven 11.3 miles in height. Meteorologists have not been informed of this catastrophic heating of the atmosphere the entire planet shares. The high speed oscillations of the man-made microwave oven will heat the atmosphere over the EMF coverage area. That heats the atmosphere causing climate change and contributing to  hurricanes that devastated Puerto Rico. Separate from that, the population of Puerto Rico is inside a man-made microwave oven so they can get emails. The health effects include the nervous, hormonal and immune systems being compromised. Are those compromising health effects contributing to flu severity and lives lost?

The unprecedented global emergency is because the Specific Absorption Rate(SAR) and the test using the plastic head with liquid has been used to supersede all jurisdictions, all laws, all sciences when it isn’t applicable or science. The SAR name itself is an admission of exposure and harm.

When asked if this would be like tobacco and illegal in time, imagine a baby smoking from conception. The Government of Canada revised Safety Code 6 and in that revision have determined pregnant women and children are ok with 24/7 electromagnetic radiation exposure. That isn’t definable as sustainable in the Auditor General Act.

People are NOT electrohypersensitive(EHS) when hit by these EMFs, missing science created that diagnosis. Here is a quote from page 7 of Safety Code 6(2009).
“The specific biological responses to RF energy are generally related to the rate of energy absorbed. The rate and distribution of RF energy absorption depends strongly on the frequency, intensity and orientation of the incident fields as well as the body size and its constitutive properties (dielectric constant and conductivity)”

Causation and biological plausibility linking RF EMFs to adverse health effects was found, reported and qualified for lecture for Continuing Medical Education credits required for ongoing medical licensing. That CME program was applicable to health professionals in North America but should be applicable to the world now. There is no higher educational standard and global medical professionals have been undermined. Jurisdictions and academia across the globe should be contacting the admin at the Integrative Health Forum(IHF Global) and associates to facilitate accredited medical education programs. It is the most advanced medical education program in the world and there are no sales or conflicts of interest. The health education admin is open to the idea of having different professions or public attend the amazing 2 day program BUT they have stated this forum is medical education now and not a debate.

The last 4 weeks have been a brain drain putting together documents that will be applicable to every person, industry, academia and jurisdictions globally. Courts will have the causal evidence needed and the FCC, Health Canada as well as IEEE will have to defend the plastic head and potatoes representing biology. The document for government jurisdictions will be sent to them on February 13, 2018 and made available to the public on February 14, 2018. For those that think this isn’t a big deal, what do you think President Trump will do when he hears his own investments have been undermined by a plastic head or potato as science?

Here is a picture of the test used for limits of human exposure and what the FCC and others will have to defend. Boeing Engineers used potatoes for Wi-Fi safety on aircraft.

Sam Phantom Model
Specific Absorption Rate Test with Temperature Probe in Liquid.

The document that will be released will provide lawyers and courts the background they need to do their job without people spending 100s of 1000s of dollars while lawyers learn about electricity. Ken Mack and his wife had several people die on their properties because of the EMFs. They spent over $200,000 dollars but couldn’t proceed because their legal team required the causal evidence. That causal evidence is in the document.

I can not apologize enough for what has happened to people in the microwave oven, it never should have happened. These EMFs will not discriminate who they kill and there will be no elite that have a place to hide.

In 39 years of doing work that included taking on technical problems the whole world missed, I never thought our team would be doing documents electrically qualifying end of life.

Wireless communication is electromagnetic radiation inducing electrical currents and that changes all sciences globally.

 

People Are NOT Sensitive to Their Electromagnetic Radiation From Wireless, Including US & Canadian Embassy Staff

It is important for people to understand that insurers will not pay out on property or bodily injury. People proclaiming they are sensitive further limit actions they will have against their utility and others.

EHS was used because that was all they had with mechanisms missing linking EMFs to adverse health effects. Those mechanisms had to be technically qualified and not just an opinion and debate. Furthermore those mechanisms were admitted to be missing from the beginning of time.

The scientific reality is that governments, utilities, IEEE, FCC, Health Canada, manufacturers, etc NEVER should have moved forward with critical science missing. Once the science is found, there can be a liability depending on what is found.

Those mechanisms, causation, biological plausibility has been found, reported thru jurisdictions and lectured for Continuing Medical Education credits required for ongoing medical licensing. That means this isn’t a debate, it is medical education applicable to health professional in North America and will be global soon.

Exposure codes admit electrical currents are induced into you and current kills. That means you are not sensitive, you are being electrocuted slowly or in a microwave oven on low.

In Cuba, US and Canadian Embassy staff were injured with a mysterious weapon thought to be sonic. FBI and Intelligence Agencies are stumped because some people in the same room were not hurt or heard nothing. The mysterious weapon is Wi-Fi or wireless EMFs.

Here is a quote from exposure codes used globally explaining why:

“The rate and distribution of RF energy absorption depends strongly on the frequency, intensity and orientation of the incident fields as well as the body size and its constitutive properties (dielectric constant and
conductivity).”

Just the orientation to the EMF can make the difference between an electrician living or dying.

US diagnosed the people hurt in Cuba and they had permanent nerve damage, permanent hearing loss, brain trauma, etc where it was reported there was damage to the white matter tracts in the brain. Those tracts are like an information hwy between brain cells letting different parts of the brain communicate. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5151315/Doctors-identify-brain-abnormalities-Cuba-attack-patients.html

The domino effect is the nervous, hormonal and immune systems are compromised, cellular voltage changes with frequency changes throughout the body. People are dying, babies are mutated and you need to represent this hell on earth where the damage is measurable by the second.

Here is an image provided through media of the brain.

Facebook Post On The Future of Wireless & People Globally Should Be Very Afraid As It Will Kill All Life Including Crops, Forests

There are no phantom vibrations, these RF EMFs are oscillating in your body, buildings, infrastructure, nuclear power plants, oil fields, gas plants, explosives, water dams, etc at twice the speed of the frequency.

That means 900 MHz of the cell phone, smart meter will vibrate you at the molecular level 1.8 billion times per measurable second.

There is no margin of error and there are real reasons we hard wire the world. We know smoking kills and people have to show ID to buy their cancer sticks. The only reason that is legal is the powers that be like those huge taxes on tobacco.

Cell phones are a Group 1 Carcinogen and cause cancer as well as unrealized hell on the way to your dying. There is no margin of error except in this case the babies or fetus gets their cell phone radiation from conception. Children in preschools, Kindergartens, elementary, etc are getting their radiation 24/7.

Every cell in your body is electrical, everything in existence is atoms and molecules which means electrical. The only thing that will not survive this is any biology including food sources. This wireless undermines 100% of codes and standards, changes 100% of all sciences (academia) so universities, colleges, etc will have to close. Degrees mean nothing, 100% misdiagnosis, triggering pacemakers, heart attacks and killing everything in the man made microwave.

There will be no insurance and no jobs so no health care, pay as you go if you can find someone to do surgeries. Gas plants, refineries and fuel for running the world will blow up stopping all economy.

That is separate of heating the atmosphere where hell is coming for what has happened. After super heating the atmosphere, the floods will come that will kill 100s of millions, trillions in damage and a 500 million dollar painting bought at auction will be worth nothing.

This makes me so ass kicking mad as it undermines all our ancestors gave their lives for. It undermines all religions. This is what happens when politics, special interests, greed, incredible stupidity, ignorance and the so called high tech idiots of today get together. There may be driverless cars but the biological units are not electrically compatible. This will kill the rain forests, all trees and the resulting fires will be another hell against all life.

It is illegal this very minute and the laws are there right now. Banks will get all there illegal buildings back; buildings won’t be compliant with Building Codes. There will be no money or wealth and can you eat that gold or paper?

The US called what Cuba was thought to have done with a mysterious weapon as an act of war, this video calls it communications.

Here is the science Boeing Engineers are using to show Wi-Fi safe on planes.  http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-20813441

Here is a picture of the science used around the world to show these RF EMFs cause no harm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is why over 60 municipalities, Regional Districts and Indian Bands called for a moratorium on smart meters. http://thermoguy.com/regional-district-of-okanagan…/

Facebook Post on Integrative Health Forum Page Answering Midge Mathis’s Question on Burns Associated With RF EMFs, Causal Evidence & Not a Debate

Midge before and after burns associated with EMF exposure.


Midge Before Burns

 

 

 

 

 

Midge After Burns

 

 

 

I want to thank you for your humility posting in the best interests of so many. Professionals and people across the globe need to see this post because it is applicable to 100% of them. You are not hypersensitive to your electrocution and associated hell that will result from being put in a man-made microwave oven.

It is critically important for health and other applicable professionals to expand on this in their capacity. It is a sad reality that politics with special interests associated with wireless have changed medical diagnosis, healthcare and superseded all laws without going through any regulatory processes.

My job here is substantiating mechanisms, causation and biological plausibility admitted to be missing. What makes this horrific is the fact political and special interests moved forward when the code on limits of exposure admits missing critical science. Go to second paragraph of page 9. http://thermoguy.com/wp-content/uploads/Safety_Code_6.pdf

With the purpose of the code to protect the public, cell towers with new and existing antennas will be removed. In Canada as an example, it is a condition of licensing with Industry Canada that new and existing antennas comply with exposure codes. This is highlighted on page 10 of this link.  http://thermoguy.com/wp-content/uploads/cwta-compliance-with-Safety-Code-6-duplicated.pdf Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association

Declassified military documents admitted “laboratory research is still being pursued to identify mechanisms of interaction. However, other than thermal heating for microwave frequencies, there is no agreed-upon mechanism of action.” Highlighted on page 1  http://thermoguy.com/wp-content/uploads/Bioeffects-of-Selected-Non-Lethal-Weapons.pdf Missing the mechanisms and not understanding them is the reason they speak of thermal heating only. Yakov Schkolnikov of Exponent Inc confirmed in my cross-examination during BCUC hearings on FortisBC smart meters that inducing electrical currents produced heat. Schkolnikov confirmed the high speed oscillations 1.8 billion times per second and 4.9 billion times per second of the RF EMFs of the two antennas in the meter produces heat.

FortisBC’s expert, Yakov Schkolnikov of Exponent Inc confirmed in my cross-examination during BCUC hearings that Health Canada’s Safety Code 6, FCC and IEEE(global) all use the same science standards.

Safety Code 6(2009) Page 7, 2nd paragraph states “The specific biological responses to RF energy are generally related to the rate of energy absorbed. The rate and distribution of RF energy absorption depends strongly on the frequency, intensity and orientation of the incident fields as well as the body size and its constitutive properties (dielectric constant and conductivity).” The fact codes admit energy is absorbed is an admission of harm.

The above quote from Safe Code 6(2009) should have set off alarm bells. It means exposure and impossible calculations would have to be done for ANY change in frequency, power density, size, weight, orientation to the EMF, toxic load, etc. Power Density is watts which is volts X amps and .1 of 1 microwatt altered brainwaves in the Dect Phone Study. There is zero acceptable exposure to wireless electricity. There are real reasons we wire the world.

Just the orientation to the EMF at 60 Hz has killed electricians. One example is single power lines can be very dangerous and that is called extremely low frequencies at 60 Hz. In the Okanagan, a lineman was working on a dead power line running parallel to a live line. The lines were reported to be 70 feet apart(7 stories), the live line electromagnetically induced the dead line killing the lineman immediately. If the dead line was perpendicular to the live line, he would have lived.

When it comes to interaction with the human body, think of the nerves, circulatory, system, organs, brain, bones, etc going in all directions in the body. Imagine nerves running parallel to the EMFs and being severely compromised and other parts of nerves at different angles of orientation impacted differently. It has to equate to a physiological hell.

The bottom line is these RF EMFs are not supposed to hit people and Dr. William Bailey confirmed in my cross-examination that people had to be exposed to be hurt. The Specific Absorption Rate test left out the antennas and EMFs hitting you from head to toe. The test is also an admission that electrical currents are being induced. When currents are induced, that increases cellular voltages and is confirmed using Ohm’s Law where Volts = Current X Resistance. Induce currents, voltages increase. That isn’t for debate.

Dr. Joan Moffat confirmed in Penticton’s Moderated Forum on smart meters that it is a biological fact that a .2 micro volt(millionths of 1 volt) increase changes White Blood Cells, .4 micro volt increase changes mood. Safety Code 6(2009) admits EMFs trigger nerves and muscles, Dr. Peter Goldberg expanded on that by stating the nervous, hormonal and immune systems work intricately together. This qualifies your nervous, hormonal and immune systems are compromised at the same time. Dr. Bailey confirmed in my cross-examination that the nervous, hormonal and immune systems work intricately together.

Delta waves in the brain when sleeping or healing are reported to be .2 Hz which is .2 cycles per second. If the frequencies associated with cell phones or smart meters is 900 MHz, which is 900 million cycles per second. Wi-Fi at 2.45 GHz is 2.45 billion cycles per second. I asked Schkolnikov under oath, “What happens when you mix 2 frequencies?” He replied you get 4 resultant frequencies. You get the sum of the 2, the difference between them and the 2 you started with.

The sum of the 2 frequencies isn’t mathematically adding them up. During our electrical apprenticeship in lab work, we would use an oscilloscope to see the frequency change where it literally isn’t recognized by the device.

The W.H.O. reported cell phones as “possibly” carcinogenic May 31, 2011. If Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper had reported to the W.H.O. that Canadian professionals reported missing causation and biological plausibility in exposure codes, cell phones would be carcinogenic.

Causation is proven as soon as the RF EMF grids are technically incorporated into the SAR test. Biological plausibility is proven the second you incorporate all the bio-electrical information of humans into the SAR test. The SAR test is a plastic head or body part with liquid in it and is flat earth science. It should be an aquarium.

The missing mechanism of interaction is the highly penetrating EMFs hitting something. The mechanisms of action are the EMFs hitting atoms and molecules. Literally all sciences with associated industries have to incorporate the atoms and molecules of their area of expertise.

Here is an example as it pertains to building construction and wireless with special interests superseding Building Code when it isn’t applicable. This is a submission for the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission on the RF EMFs causing a nuclear failure within borders. There are 440 Nuclear Power Plants world wide and this isn’t a debate. http://thermoguy.com/submission-for-canadian-nuclear-safety-commission-on-rf-emfs-causing-accelerated-corrosion-making-the-power-plants-non-compliant-with-building-codes/

Midge, I can never apologize enough to you and others what has happened to you. It never should have happened but this is the reality of a weakened professional gene pool, greed and incredible stupidity getting together. That said they are and will be liable including criminally.

The Integrative Health Forum, GEDI and associates put on the most advanced education in the world for Continuing Medical Education credits required for ongoing medical licensing. It is the highest standard and not about sales or conflicts of interest. We can’t lecture and sell products.

Medical professionals around the world have been blindsided as have the patients looking for help. People hurt by EMFs are referred to as EHS and all that has changed. People across the board need to print or forward the letter at this link. The causal evidence linking RF EMFs to adverse health effects has been lectured for CME credits meaning this is now medical education.

Once your medical professionals hear the language of CME credits, they will pay attention. They can contact the health education administrator for clarification and CME programs should be held across the world. The health education administrator has said they would open the education program for other professionals to participate BUT it isn’t a debate. It is critically important other sciences and those professionals participate. http://thermoguy.com/wp-content/uploads/Revised-Ltr-re-EM-and-IHF.pdf

This is the reason retired RN Donna Bohannon interviews Professor Curtis Bennett and others. This isn’t a debate.

Important Interview By Retired RN Donna Bohannon on Why They Should Cease and Desist Immediately Using Wireless As Applied Including 5G

Listen to Prof. Curtis Bennett explain WHY you should OPT OUT of SMART METERS and WHY you should be alert to other sources of EMF!!

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Professor Curtis Bennett Interviewed By Whistle Blower Nation on Smart Meters and Wireless EMF Exposure

Our amazing team and associates are among the best professionals in the world. They are all science, environment, sustainability, medicine, codes, standards, advancing medical education, etc and there are no acceptable compromises of science or professional integrity.

Lecturing accredited Continuing Medical Education(CME) programs is the highest standard of education and medical professionals require education credits for ongoing medical licensing.

The reality is that governments allowed industries and special interests to move forward with the mass deployment of wireless infrastructure when exposure codes admitted critical science was missing. The missing causal evidence was found, reported and qualified for lecture for CME credits required for ongoing medical licensing. That medical program was applicable to all health professionals in North America.

Professor Curtis Bennett was asked to do an interview for Whistle Blower Nation when he isn’t a whistle blower.  Politicians, governments, industries across the board were warned specific to liability including criminal.

Here is a picture of the Specific Absorption Rate test Health Canada, IEEE and FCC use for the limits of human exposure. This is the science the FCC is using to supersede municipal authorities, Building Code, Electrical Codes, Fire Codes, global education, medicine, insurers, all codes, all laws including environmental laws when it isn’t applicable. The bottom line is that if you have a plastic head, plastic building, plastic environment, plastic pollinators, plastic ecosystems, then you are safe.

Sam Phantom Model
Specific Absorption Rate Test with Temperature Probe in Liquid.

 Ella is to be thanked for the interview and even bringing forward targeted individuals or those thinking they are targeted.

FortisBC admitted in BCUC Government Hearings on smart meters that they would cover 17,000 sq. kms or 6564 sq miles with highly penetrating RF EMFs. That means several cities and districts will be blanketed with everyone targeted. That is not an agenda, that is what happens when the professional gene pool is weakened. The FCC, IEEE, utilities, PUCs, Health Canada, military, etc all got technically overwhelmed by a plastic head or body part with liquid in it.

Professor Bennett will qualify the mechanisms of interaction and the mechanisms of action, literally every professional has to expand on that in their capacity. Even though medical professionals carry malpractice insurance, they were not consulted or informed that the scope of medical diagnosis has changed. That undermines any health care insurance regardless of what it is called.

Whistle Blower Interview

 
 

Infrared man still fighting to get into Filmon fire report

By Marshall Jones, staff reporter (Capital News, Kelowna, British Columbia)

Curtis Bennett still gets no satisfaction from the Filmon inquiry into last summer’s forest fire situation.

As first reported by the Capital News, Bennett’s entire submission on the merits of practical application of infrared technology to fight fires was missing from Gary Filmon’s final report.

Bennett has attempted to contact the former Manitoba premier who led the inquiry but hasn’t heard much. Bennett was told that his submission to the inquiry was lost in a technical glitch.

In an E-mail to Bennett, Filmon apologized for the commission.

“I remember your presentation well and have mentioned it to several people,” Filmon wrote. “I hope there will be an interest in pursuing the infrared technology in B.C.”

On the advice of provincial ombudsman Rick Webber, Bennett now wants Filmon to file an addendum to the review budgeted at a half-million dollars.

Chris Shaw was an Army Reserve firefighter in Barrier and says the technology exploited by Bennett would be a great addition to the effort. Infrared, which measures visual temperatures, is currently used by the B.C. Forest Service and city fire crews but not in the same way, he said.

“Some of the imaging they have still has to be converted,” he added. “What Curtis is able to do is give it to you right away.”

Shaw is interested in Bennett’s submission, both as a front-liner at the time, but also as a communications officer with the B.C. Green Party, which has taken on Bennett’s cause. They both believe that the technology could help pilots see through smoke to drop their water. Shaw said it could also be used on the ground to put out hot spots. The current method of finding hot spots is a guessing game, somewhat akin to testing each piece of ground covered by a forest fire. Sometimes tree roots burn right through the ground and can flare up again with a gust of wind. Infrared can find those spots and tell crews when they are extinguished.

“This isn’t a partisan issue,” Shaw said. “I remember some of the reports, they were saying they’d like to send bombers in but they can’t see anything. When someone comes in and says here look at this, this is where your fire is, it’s about protecting people.”

Carr Calls Filmon’s Error “Highly Suspicious”

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Carr Calls Filmon’s Error “Highly Suspicious”
By charlie smith
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2004

A Kelowna engineering technologist has told the Straight that he repeatedly tried to tell provincial officials last summer that his infrared technology would have enabled forest firefighters to see the Okanagan Park fire through the smoke.

Curtis Bennett, owner of Thermografix Consulting Corp., said if his technology was used, firefighters might have had more success fighting the blaze, which destroyed more than 200 homes in Kelowna.

Last summer, provincial officials said in several media briefings that heavy smoke hampered efforts to fight the fire.

Bennett told the Straight that after the fire started, he contacted local Liberal MLA John Weisbeck, Forests Minister Mike de Jong’s office, the fire command team, the Kelowna fire department, and the provincial fire commissioner’s office, all to no avail.

“Our [provincial] fire budget was $58 million,” Bennett said. “We spent half a billion, yet fought it blind.”

The Ministry of Forests and Kelowna assistant fire chief Steve Kinsey did not return calls from the Straight by deadline. Bennett said that Edmonton’s fire department began using his technology 10 years ago.

On August 22, Bennett added, he was on an Okanagan Lake beach taking pictures of the fire through the smoke when Premier Gordon Campbell and his entourage arrived to speak to the media. “The premier came over, looked at the fire through the smoke, and said ‘Wow,’ ” Bennett recalled.

Bennett said he told Campbell’s press aide that the provincial government wasn’t using his technology and passed along a business card. Bennett’s pictures later appeared in Kelowna newspapers, but he said the technology was never used by fire crews. “I volunteered my services,” he said. “We could have given those guys immediate sight.”

Bennett also said that on November 26, he told this tale at a Kelowna public hearing held by the Firestorm 2003 Review Team, chaired by former Manitoba premier Gary Filmon.

Filmon’s report did not mention Bennett on its lengthy list of presenters. The report also didn’t comment on the application of infrared technology to fighting forest fires.

“It’s irresponsible and it’s unacceptable,” Bennett said. “There is not one reference to this technology, but he does talk about sprinklers on roofs.”

Green Party of B.C. leader Adriane Carr told the Straight that the “omission” of Bennett’s presentation from the Filmon report is “highly suspicious”. Carr added that she thinks it warrants further investigation.

“The province probably has some concerns about liability on all of this,” Carr said. “But I think the public needs to know, and the government needs to be pushed on making sure it not only did but will in the future do everything possible to avoid any loss.”

Filmon told the Straight that he recalls Bennett’s presentation and thought the technology was interesting. He said Bennett wasn’t taped because of a “technical glitch” and that’s why he wasn’t mentioned in the report.

“I had no motivation to cover up anything,” Filmon said. “Certainly something like this did not represent negligence or liability.”

Filmon said that promoters of many products made presentations. He added that the Ministry of Forests would have had to test each one before he could make any judgments.

Filmon commission High-tech camera could have helped, owner tells review

Image taken by Curtis Bennett without infrared camera. Image taken by Curtis Bennett with infrared camera. Contributed
Image taken by Curtis Bennett without infrared camera. Image taken by Curtis Bennett with infrared camera. Contributed

By Marshall Jones, staff reporter (Capital News, Kelowna, British Columbia)

Local man says his infrared camera allows predictions of fire movement.

If fire officials couldn’t see the Okanagan Mountain Park fire advance through all the smoke, then Curtis Bennett saw more than they did.

Bennett, of Thermografix Consulting, told the Provincial Firestorm Review Thursday that he used his infrared camera to see what no one else could.

More frustrating for Bennett was that no one would let him show the value of the special camera, which he says is far more advanced than typical forward-looking infrared cameras.

“Then I find out they are blind looking through the smoke when I can let them see the direction the fire is taking before it even gets there,” Bennett told the Filmon commission.

He produced a series of pictures he took showing a typical camera view of smoke from Aug. 22.

But in infrared, the fire is seen spreading quickly along the hillside.

In other photos, he shows people milling about on a smoky street. Switch to infrared and you can see the fire on a hillside not far behind the people.

“It is not just the equipment, it is the interpretation of this technology and heat transfer,” he says.

“Why not treat a forest fire for what it is, which is one big hot spot.”

He maintains that using different sensitivity settings, he can see heat build ahead of the fire which, with the right training, might help predict fire movement.

He uses the camera in private commercial applications such as showing structural defects in buildings.

Fire fighters already use infrared cameras in certain applications but Bennett insists he can prove the value of his camera and his know-how.

mjones@kelownacapnews.com