"Always Telling the Truth Means Never Having to Remember Anything"
By Dennis Balthaser
That’s an editorial title that should get your attention. It did mine several years ago, and I have finally obtained the book to review it. I had heard there was a Fire Officer’s Guide used to train Firefighter’s at the National Fire Academy in Maryland that contained a chapter on UFOs. I couldn’t help but ask myself, if all these rumors about UFOs were untrue, why would firefighters be trained on this subject? And like so many other areas of my research, one question only produced other questions. In this case however, I now have a copy of the Guide and will share that information with you.
In the near future I plan on researching Title 14, Section 1211, of the Code of Federal Regulations also, to determine if a code existed which supposedly made it illegal for U.S. Citizens to have any contact with extraterrestrials or their vehicles. (Originally it may have been written for our astronauts, and possibly more recently may have been repealed.) A co-author of the “Fire Officer’s Guide to Disaster Control” however wondered if it pertained only to astronauts, or to anyone that may have had a UFO encounter. Our government and particularly the U.S. Air Force have been telling you and I for years that UFOs do not exist. Well the truth is that UFOs do exist; we just don’t know what they are, whom they belong to, or where they are from. A UFO is any object that can fly and is not identifiable. So if there are federal regulations, or training guides being used, someone needs to explain to us why and for what purpose. The public should be told if there are dangers, since nothing helps rumors and panic more than ignorance.
The “Fire Officer’s Guide to Disaster Control,” Second Edition, (ISBN 0-912212-26-8) was published in 1992 and contains 641 pages. Two veteran Fire Officers, William M. Kramer, PhD and Charles W. Bahme, J.D, wrote it. In my opinion this book would be an essential part of any Fire Fighter’s training. It covers the full spectrum of disaster situations from natural events such as weather related disasters, to transportation, civil disorders and riots, hazardous materials to training, preparation and resource management. Having known several professional firefighters when I lived in El Paso, Texas and since I’ve been in Roswell, I can assure you that they deserve all the training possible to perform their duties and responsibilities. We owe a lot to them for the job they do. I don’t recall ever, in all the conversations I’ve had with Fire Fighters, any discussion about UFOs, so when I located the Guide my curiosity was aroused. The first edition titled, “Handbook of Disaster Control” was published in 1952, and had no reference to anything related to the UFO phenomenon.
Co-author Charles Bahme, apparently felt that UFOs should be included in the second edition of his Disaster Control Guide, due to his own experience and interest in the subject. Chapter 13 is a dual chapter entitled “Enemy Attack and UFO Potential,” which explains what war is (a man-made disaster), and lists causes of war, as well as examples of different disasters which can be caused by war when nuclear, biological and chemical attacks are used. Bahme’s interest in UFOs began on the morning of August 26, 1942, in what became known as the “The Los Angeles Air Raid of 1942,” when he witnessed the “fireworks” display. The Army had 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. Army forts along the coastline began pumping the first of 1433 rounds of artillery shells toward the intruders, utilizing searchlights to locate whatever it was they were firing at. 2 hours later the threat no longer existed, and the incident is still questioned today.
Note: The correct date of the LA Raid is February 25, 1942 (not August 26, 1942 as stated in the Guide), and it has become known as “the Battle of Los Angeles”. For more information go to http://www.rense.com/ufo/battleofla.htm
Another reference made in the Guide by the author is the Orson Welles radio show “War of the Worlds,” broadcast in 1938, which demonstrated that even a drama can provoke disaster-like conditions and panic by certain individuals, which in a real invasion would require first line response by fire services. Some have attributed widespread blackouts, communication disruptions and other potential disasters such as the 1965 failure that blacked out New York and New England to UFO activity. Power failures associated with UFOs were also reported in Brazil from 1957-1959, in Rome, Italy in 1958, and in Mexico in 1965. In September and October 1995, while I lived in El Paso, 3 major power failures occurred affecting some 700,000 persons in west Texas, New Mexico and Mexico, including Fort Bliss, Holloman Air Force Base, and White Sands missile range. To my knowledge no proof of blackouts related to UFO activity have ever been substantiated, but I suppose it could be a possibility.
The Disaster Control Guide relies heavily on the research and experiences of co-author Charles Bahme in the area of UFOs and their potential. The word “potential” to me as a researcher is the key to the whole chapter. Those individuals who believe 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 the United States and in other countries. When the first edition was published in 1952, Bahme didn’t feel there was any significant concern about a UFO threat to our country. However in the 90’s he felt the military would not brush off the UFO potential as quickly. He felt to those individuals that had experienced unexplained aerial phenomena it was serious business.
Through his research, Chief Bahme briefly explains several facets of the UFO phenomenon. Chapter 13 of the Guide, includes UFO background information, what they might be, the classification system adopted by J. Allen Hynek, shapes and the history of UFOs. He also lists several of the well-known UFO Organizations such as: MUFON, NICAP, CAUS, GSW, CUFOS and APRO.
In another section he talks about the adverse potential of UFOs and specifically UFO hazards, force field impact, communications disruption, regional blackouts and the panic hazard. In the latter section, he refers to the fact that one of the reasons often given by the government for the tight security on findings is the need to prevent the possible panic that the truth might arouse. Lastly, after discussing several hazardous possibilities he describes physiological personal hazards referring to baking or sterilization of the soil where a UFO has landed. He mentions that while pursuing UFOs, military aircraft have disappeared in mid-air, exploded, and suffered harassment. Persons on the ground have sustained serious burns, paralysis, and force field radiated emissions, described like that of a “stun-gun.”
The Reference section at the end of Chapter 13 for the 15 pages containing the UFO potential information includes 72 references from the research Bahme has done. Appendix H in the back of the Guide lists 36 book titles on the subject of UFOs.
His emergency action and conclusions about UFOs in Chapter 13 is brief, but it is my opinion that he feels the potential is so real, that it should be included in the “Fire Officer’s Guide to Disaster Control,” and I totally agree. We depend on our local Fire Departments daily, and I for one am proud of the training they receive, and the professional job they do.
Before completing this editorial I decided to contact the Roswell Fire Department and I talked to Chief Salas, who is in charge of training for the local department. He’s a veteran of 18 years with the Department and told me he had never heard of the “Fire Officer’s Guide to Disaster Control.” He did give me some contacts with the National Fire Academy. So as I stated earlier, “questions produce more questions.” I’ll be following up on that to determine if the guide is actually used to train fire officers, if it’s endorsed by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), and several other questions.
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