By: Michael Corbin
Re: Chapter 13 - Disaster Control and UFOs
The following excerpt appeared in Fire Officer's Guide to Disaster
Control by William M. Kramer and Charles W. Bahme. It is copyright (c)
1992 by Fire Engineering Books & Videos.
ParaNet has provided this for information and education purposes only.
Below is the text from Chapter 13 of the Fire Officer's Guide to
Disaster Control dealing with none other than UFOs. On the surface, it
might appear to be the author's life-long interest in the subject of
UFOs, but something very much more important is going on here. This
manual is a national guide used by many local fire officials in disaster
planning, and it is also approved by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management
Act). With all of the denial by official military channels of the
reality of UFOs, it surprises us to see that a manual with so much
information would even broach the subject of UFOs in such an "official"
way. Although this chapter is not an "official" proclamation of UFOs,
it serves to show how seriously this subject may be taken by some in
official positions of the government, including FEMA.
Although the 1942 aerial attack by UFOs is glossed over by many UFO
researchers, it appears to have created quite an impression on the
author of this manual.
As many of you will recall, the Air Force took a considerable amount of
heat from the UFO research community following the closure of Project
Blue Book, with a training manual that was used at the Air Force Academy,
one chapter dealing with UFOs (ParaNet has the chapter in their
database). Following strong protests, the Air Force ordered the manaul
revised to remove this chapter. This chapter is much like the material
We at ParaNet wonder if "War of the Worlds" is being taken more
seriously than anyone previously knew or admitted?
Our thanks to Brian Wood for scanning this article.
CHAPTER 13: ENEMY ATTACK AND UFO POTENTIAL
FEW RESIDENTS of the United States, except for those in
Hawaii, have experienced an enemy attack on their hometown in
this century; some think they have. The Great Los Angeles Air
Raid of February 26, 1942, began at 2:25 A.M. when the U.S.
Army announced the approach of hostile aircraft and the cities
air raid warning system went into effect for the first time in
World War II. "Suddenly the night was rent by sirens.
Searchlights began to sweep the sky. Minutes later gun crews at
Army forts along the coast line began pumping the first of
1,433 rounds of ack-ack into the moonlight. Thousands of
volunteer air raid wardens tumbled from their beds and grabbed
their boots and helmets. Citizens awakened to the screech of
sirens and, heedless of the blackout warning, began snapping on
their lights . . . The din continued for two hours. Finally the
guns fell silent. The enemy, evidently, had been routed. Los
Angeles began to taste the exhilaration of its first military
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 not. The well-documented and highly
publicized War of the Worlds radio drama by Orson Welles 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 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
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 befall a
populated area when unexplainable phenomena occur. 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. 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 for 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,
in 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 Iraq in the
Persian Gulf provided ample evidence of global war's
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
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,
rivalling 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
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.
UFOs--What 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.
UFO Classification System
Dr. J. Allen Hynek, Northern University Professor Emeritus of
Astronomy and an advisor to the Air Force's Blue Book Project.
adopted a very simple classification system based solely upon
the manner of observation:
1. Nocturnal lights
2. Daylight disks
3. Close encounters (day or night)
4. Radar readings.
He concluded that this system tells us nothing about the
nature of the UFOs, but can suggest a means for gathering
data.(38) He found that while a large number of such reports
were readily identifiable by trained investigators as
misconceptions of known objects or events, a small residue
(about 1,000) were not. These came from credible witnesses from
such widely separated places as Canada. Australia. South
America, and Antarctica. He concludes with: "Although I know of
no hypothesis that adequately covers the mountainous evidence,
this should not and must not deter us from following the advice
of Schroedinger: to be curious, capable of being astonished, and
eager to find out."(39) Dr. Hynek has an excellent,
well-illustrated article on UFOs in a 1982 book which gives a
detailed history of the UFO sightings, together with the
reports of some well-known people who made them, including
President Jimmy Carter while governor of Georgia.(40)
Shapes of UFOs
Witnesses have described the shapes of UFOs as anything
varying from a sphere to a boomerang. Some have resembled
flying saucers with a lid; others a glowing tube; some as
semi-spherical with colored apertures; some with reddish-orange
glows, or fire-like or sparking discharges. Incredible speed
and maneuverabilities not attainable by aircraft of any kind are
commonly observed. Many of the books and articles in Appendix H
have excellent photographs of these unexplained
visitors--photos that have been checked by experts for their
History of UFOs
For hundreds of years mysterious objects in the sky and
strange moving lights have been reported by many people,
including the military pilots in World War II who called them
foo fighters, ("Where there's Foo, there's Fire"). In the
middle of the 1900s flying saucers were increasingly observed
in the United States and other countries. Scientists at the
University of Colorado hired by the Air Force from 1966 to 1968
to study this type of aerial phenomena could explain most of the
UFO reports as a star (Venus), meteor, planet, balloon, rocket,
artificial satellite, etc. Sometimes atmospheric conditions,
aircraft exhaust trails, or unusual lighting conditions may
produce optical illusions that observers thought were UFOs.
After investigating more than 12,000 reports, the U.S. Air
Force was unable to explain where the unexplained UFOs come
from, but apparently concluded that the national security was
not threatened by them.(41) The emphasis of the university's
team, headed by Edward U. Condon, seemed to be more concerned
with the establishment of the emotional stability or
instability of those who reported the sightings than with other
Psychiatrists have examined the witnesses who claimed to have
encountered UFOs and even been taken aboard their craft, such
as the two shipyard workers in Mississippi, and found that they
are not unbalanced people.(42) "They're not crackpots. There
was definitely something here that was not terrestrial."(43)
Dr. J. Allen Hynek agreed, and added. "Where they are coming
from and why they are here is a matter of conjecture. but the
fact that they were here on this planet is beyond a reasonable
The Air Force, after 20 years of being deluged with UFO
sightings and spending millions of dollars on their
investigation, decided to drop the inquiry business and turned
the project over to a Kensington, Maryland, group called NICAP
(National Investigation Committee on Aerial Phenomena). This
left NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) with
part of the task of trying to run UFO sighting reports,
including many by its own Apollo and Skylab astronauts. By 1974
over a score of astronauts saw and photographed UFOs during
their flights beyond the earth's atmosphere.
Early in the Apollo 11 mission, which culminated in the moon
walk, astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin, and Michael
Collins reported sightings of what seemed to be a UFO during
the first half of their flight to the lunar surface. There were
many more sightings by U.S. and Soviet Astronauts. On November
11,1966, Gemini XII astronauts Jim Lovell and Edwin Aldrin said
that they saw four UFOs linked together, and on October 12,
1964, three Russian astronauts aboard Voskod reported that they
were surrounded by a "formation of fast-moving disc-shaped
In addition to NICAP, some of the other organizations that
study UFO phenomena are MUFON (Mutual UFO Networks), CAUS
(Citizens Against UFO Secrecy), GSW (Ground Saucer Watch),
CUFOS (the Center for UFO Studies), and APRO (Aerial Phenomena
Research Organization), an Arizona nonprofit scientific and
educational organization, founded in 1952.(46)
Why the Secrecy?
In their book UFOs Over America, authors Jim and Carol
Lorenzen charge that the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) has
been closely involved in the collection and suppression of UFO
information. "Witnesses to the phenomena have been bribed,
coerced, and threatened by the CIA, who wanted valuable
evidence given to them alone."(47) One reason given is that
military intelligence may view the UFOs as a tool of either a
known or unknown potential enemy. "If these vehicles prove
evasive and surreptitious, all the more reason to suspect
them.... the probability looms large that the minds behind
these vehicles may well be gathering intelligence of their
Another reason for secrecy may lie in the hope of obtaining
knowledge relating to advanced propulsion methods and
anti-gravity systems before other potential enemies on earth
may acquire it. Hence, though many nations are secretly
investigating UFOs, they are reluctant to share their findings.
Robert Lofton, in his book Identified Flying Saucers, claims
that the Air Force became the "goat" in the effort of the CIA
to debunk many sightings by pilots, radar technicians. and
reliable civilian observers. He thinks that the suppression of
information about how dangerous UFOs can be is wrong. After
citing a case where a child was burned over 50 to 60 percent of
her body by a low flying UFO and then taken to an Air Force
hospital, no one would explain why her clothes were not burned
at the same time. He also describes another burn case in New
Mexico and another man who recently received a sledge-hammer
like blow that knocked him unconscious by the force field of a
100-foot diameter UFO. "The public ought to be told the danger!
. . . Nothing helps rumors and panic more than ignorance."(49)
Major Donald Keyhoe describes in his book Aliens from Space,
The Real Story of Unidentified Flying Objects the difficulties
he had in 1957 in trying to get the truth from government
agencies after he was director of NICAP, the world's largest
UFO research organization with over 30 subcommittees in the
U.S. and abroad.(50)
According to some UFOlogists the attempts at cover-up by the
CIA extend to destruction of evidence that it could not
confiscate. Apparently some of our nation's important leaders
have been denied access to some UFO secrets in the possession
of an agency of the United States, the very existence of which
is classified above top secret.(51) Senator Barry Goldwater, a
retired Air Force Reserve Brigadier General and pilot with many
decades of flying experience, was quoted as saying "I certainly
believe in aliens in space. They may not look like us, but I
have very strong feelings that they have advanced beyond our
mental capabilities." He said he was refused permission to
check the Air Force files on UFOs and added, "I think some
highly secret government UFO investigations are going on that we
don't know about--and probably never will unless the Air Force
discloses them."(52) He said that he put faith in the reports
of the Air Force, Navy, and commercial pilots who reported
instances where a UFO would fly near them--right off their
plane's wing--and then just zoom away at incredible speeds. "I
remember the case in Georgia in the 1950s of a National Guard
plane going after a UFO and never returning. And I recall the
case in Franklin. Kentucky, when four military planes
investigated a UFO. One of them exploded in midair and no one
Unleashed by the policy of Glasnost (greater openness) the
Soviet media felt free to include accounts of UFO sightings. A
Tuss report of October 10, 1989, reported a large shiny ball or
disk hovering over a Voronezh park; residents saw the UFO land
and three creatures similar to human beings emerged,
accompanied by a robot.(54)
Apparently the Russians felt no need to suppress this report
which was poked fun at in Newsweek and Time magazines(55) but
not in U.S. News and World Report: "A scant few decades ago,
both the U.S. government and the media treated flying objects
as no laughing matter--which even Congress looked into. In
1966, Representative Ford responded to a rash of sightings in
his home state of Michigan by calling for, and getting, a House
hearing on UFOs."(56)
Many reasons have been advanced for the purpose of the UFOs
visits to our planet. Although some of the persons who
apparently have been the subjects of genetic investigation,
such as the family of Whitley Streiber may not agree, the
majority of those who have studied possible UFO visitors feel
that they are friendly. Mr. Streiber described his experience as
terrifying, and believes that these "little figures with eyes
that seem to stare into the deepest core of being are asking
for something. Whatever it is, it is more than simple
information. The goal does not seem to be a sort of clear and
open exchange that we might expect; whatever may be surfacing,
it wants far more than that. It seems to me that it seeks the
very depth of soul; it seeks communion."(57)
From the thousands of reports he has studied. William
Spaulding, aerospace engineer and head of the Arizona-based
Ground Saucer Watch, believes that a pattern indicates that
UFOs are here on a surveillance mission: the fact that a
majority of sightings occur around our military installations,
research and development areas leads to the conclusion that a
methodical study is being made of the earth and its defensive
and offensive capabilities. "The phenomena is not unlike our
own space explorations: scout ship survey: soil samples;
In his book Incident at Exeter, John Fuller discusses the
seeming affinity of UFOs for electrical power lines in the
northeastern part of the United States. In a later section of
this chapter dealing with the effects of UFOs on our
terrestrial activities, we will see how this affinity may have
been responsible for causing 36 million people to lose power
over an area of 8,000 square miles.(59)
Because of our recent adventures into space, there are some
who speculate that UFOs are more concerned with what we will do
there than in settling here. In any event, the Air Force's
official publication (issued by the Government Printing Office
1968) called Flying Objects says that 'No UFO has been
determined to represent a threat to our national security. '
That conclusion, however, should not rule out less disastrous
consequences than the overthrow of our government.
ADVERSE POTENTIAL OF UFOS
Regardless of its past evaluations, the Air Force could be
wrong about a number of things. "It can't even guess within a
couple of billion dollars what one of its planes is going to
cost; maybe, despite the skepticism of the scientists and other
investigators, the UFOs sent from other planets do exist and
have visited earth."(60) And maybe they have exhibited some
destructive effects, whether or not intentionally in every
instance, which we need to consider when drafting a plan for
coping with an emergency situation where UFOs are involved.
Some of these documented effects are as follows.
The two principal hazards noted with relation to UFOs have
been attributed to powerful electrical fields which they can
project in a general or localized area and the psychological
effects they have produced on the general populace or
Force Field Impact
The disruption of air and ground travel has often been
reported in the presence of UFOs. The ignition systems of auto
and aircraft engines have apparently been affected by energized
force fields to such an extent as to stop their operation; the
headlights and radios have also ceased to function. Here are a
couple of examples. In Buenos Aires, on March 29, 1978, "A
strange force shut off their engine and headlights of their
Citroen CG, lifted it 15 feet off the road, then set it down a
minute later and 75 miles to the north." The driver had noticed
a yellow and violet light shining in his rear view mirror while
driving the last leg of a long stock car race, and he realized
that it was approaching too fast to be a competitor. A month
later a Colombian bank manager and a navy officer had their car
headlights go off when buzzed by a UFO, with the navy man
suffering temporary paralysis. Other South American countries
in which similar actions were reported around that time
included Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Uruguay.(61)
These effects have also been noted to influence the controls
and instruments of aircraft, e.g., the pilot of a Piper PH-24
reported that his controls became inoperable when he was
approached by three disk-shaped objects, 10 to 12 feet in
diameter, over Mexico City on May 3, 1975. (62) Similar cases
have been reported by military pilots, illustrated by the
classic case of the near mid-air collision of an army
helicopter with a UFO on October 18, 1973, over Ohio, where not
only did both the UHF and VHF radio wave-lengths go dead
temporarily, but the downward movement of the helicopter with
its four occupants was levitated upward by a green beam from the
UFO in time to prevent its crash into the ground.(63)
In addition to the impedance of radio transmissions and
reception, such as that described in the preceding incident,
telephone interference has occurred, illustrated by the chagrin
of President Lyndon Johnson in having his conversation from the
Texas White House cut off while talking to assistants in
Washington, D.C.(64) The ability to render inoperable all
electronic forms of communications, including those that
control the launching of defense weapons systems, has been
considered within the range of UFO capability. Whether this
could extend to the erasing of recorded computer data such as
bank records, personnel data, FBI, CIA, and NSA files, along
with critical information of every kind, is not beyond the realm
Regional Power Blackouts
It has long been suspected that UFOs have the capability of
blacking out a city, state, or many states by exerting a force
field sufficient to overload the circuits of public and private
utility installations. "Few things are more disturbing than to
be plunged into pitch darkness without warning; it is dangerous
for masses of people. It paralyzes cities, blocks highways,
stops trains, leaves elevators suspended between floors. In
general it simply plays hell with the modern way of life."(65)
You would think that the power companies would have achieved
sufficient reliability in their high tech systems that a mass
failure such as that which blacked out New York and New England
in 1965 would never happen--but it did. Although, as we have
mentioned before, it was known that UFO activity was associated
with disturbances with compasses. instruments, ignition
systems, radios, etc., it was inconceivable that it could also
interfere with generation and distribution of electrical power.
Such a connection was also inferred in November 1953, when a
glowing red object went over a residential area of New Haven,
Connecticut, causing lights to dim out on both sides of the
object's path and then come on when it went out of sight.
Power failures were also reported in association with UFOs in
Brazil in 1957 to 1959 Rome, Italy, in 1958; and Mexico in
1965. Likewise, in Uberlandia, where the power station
operators promptly closed the circuits when the UFO apparently
caused them to open, it did no good, and they were unable to
restore the power until the UFO departed.
"The Granddaddy of all blackouts to date was the stygian
blanket that fell over 30 million people in the northeastern
corner of the U.S. during the early evening rush hour period on
November 9, 1965."(66) Relay services that were supposed to
automatically transfer the load in case of failure in one area
to an alternate source malfunctioned. Military communications
relying on public power without alternate backup systems also
failed, but communications were operable to make a quick public
announcement that there was no military emergency. Though it
was largely over by the next morning, the official explanation
about a malfunctioning small device in a Canadian hydroelectric
generating plant never accounted for the failure of millions of
dollars worth of electronic devices to shift the load when the
Fireballs Over Syracuse--The Blackout Connection
Airplane pilots reported that UFOs were being chased across
Pennsylvania about 4:30 P.M., and electronics and construction
engineers who were driving in the area of the Syracuse airport
saw UFOs moving about 5:30 P.M., just prior to the Great
Blackout. A veteran flight instructor who had been flying over
Syracuse on a training flight saw a glowing globe over the
power lines leading to the Niagara Falls generating plant.
Hundreds of others saw the glowing object in the sky on the
night of the big power failure.
That was on November 9th. On December 2nd, about 700,000
persons in Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico also had their power
fail. It was said to have originated in a regular failure in El
Paso; then on December 5th, three nights later. 40,000 homes
plus military installations in the area of East Texas were also
blacked out--overloaded! Missile grounds (White Sands), Fort
Bliss, Holloman Air Force Base, and numerous airports were all
blacked out (with no emergency power backup), and this was when
President Johnson's telephone call to the White House in
Washington, D.C. was cut off. In response to his request for an
explanation, President Johnson was told that his calls were fed
into a cable system that went dead when the surge of power
caused by the El Paso regulator blow-up hit it, and the backup
batteries didn't work. Though it may be debatable whether the
above cases of electrical transmission failure were merely
coincidences with UFO activity, an incident on April 18,1962,
involving a UFO that had been tracked from New York, through
Kansas to Eureka, Utah, was well documented. The Air Force
spokesman admitted that the object had landed, and during the 42
minutes that it was on the ground near the power station there
was no power, but it was restored when the UFO left. The object
was pursued by jet interceptors summoned from Phoenix and Stead
Field in Reno until it exploded over the Mesquite Range in
Nevada in a brilliant glare that was visible over five
UFOs--The Panic Hazard
The second major disastrous effect that UFO activity, real or
imagined, can have on the populace, is the creation of fear,
panic, flight, and all kinds of irrational behavior. We have
mentioned already the rather well-documented case of hysterical
contagion and mass hysteria created by War of the Worlds, the
radio drama by Orson Welles about an invasion of Martians. It
was broadcast on Halloween of 1938 during the period of the
invasions of Germany into Austria and Japan into China. "The
drama, realistically presented in the form of news bulletins and
interviews concerning an alien spaceship landing in New Jersey,
resulted in many kinds of hysterical actions, including
thousands of panic-stricken phone calls, wildly fleeing
automobiles, and impromptu shot gun brigades."(68)
Though most persons reporting UFOs do not interpret them as
personal threats, it is possible that some of the large volume
of reports may be attributable to hysterical contagion. In any
case, one of the reasons often cited for the tight secrecy on
government UFO research findings is the need to prevent the
possible panic that a revelation of the truth might arouse.
Rumors that people were being abducted, dematerialized, burned,
made radioactive, rounded up and impounded, liquidated with ray
guns and lasers or shipped off to Mars or Venus might well give
rise to fear--fear of the unknown. Hysteria could cause
frightened persons to imagine that their water was poisoned,
the air contaminated with undetectable but lethal aerosols or
nerve gases. With hundreds of UFO squadrons zooming across the
landscape from California to New York, Toronto to Mexico City,
communications disrupted, widespread power failures, airports
and railroads paralyzed, highways turned into giant parking lots
of immobilized vehicles full of terrified motorists, the
problem of restoring order and sanity would be a tremendous
challenge to all of the emergency services, assuming their
personnel would remain calm, detached. and able to resist the
human impulse to put the safety and well being of their own
families ahead of the public's. To make matters worse, some of
the more excitable gun owners might be tempted to rush out Rambo
fashion, and in utter disregard of the damage that falling
bullets might cause innocent residents below their fallout,
start firing at the evasive objects regardless of the range.
The force field affects on the physical
environment--communication, transportation, illumination, and
computerized data storage--have already been considered. We
might have added that some physical effects have been observed
at locations where UFOs have landed-- circular patterns of
crops destroyed by heat or radiation and baking or
sterilization of the soil at the site.
On a more practical basis there may be grounds for concern
that more than just the environment can be adversely affected
by UFO actions. While pursuing UFOs, military aircraft have
disappeared in mid-air, exploded, and suffered harassment.
Persons on the ground have sustained serious burns, paralysis,
and "blows" from a force field, radiated emissions, or rays and
beams that have been described like that of a "stun-gun"(69)
In 1980, three witnesses saw a red ball of light hovering
above houses in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, when suddenly a bolt of
blue light shot down and two houses burst into flames.(70) An
Indiana man saw a bright light flash pass his window; the power
went off in his house so he went outside to investigate and
found a brilliantly lit object hovering above him; when he
started to walk toward it his body commenced to tingle and he
was unable to move until the object disappeared. A similar
tingling sensation swept over another man in Lvnn,
Massachusetts. one night when he approached a domed object with
a red glowing cone rising from a parking lot. He too was
immobile until the object moved out of sight. Some believe that
even animals may be at risk by UFOs; in trying to account for
the death of 15 ponies, the leader of an investigative team
believed they were crushed by the anti-gravity field of a flying
saucer as it took off.(71)
Thus, UFOs may not only have the power to control some of our
military and industrial establishment's highly technical
scientific hardware, they may also possess the ability to
impose pain and control over people who attempt to attack them,
even to the extent of "liquidating" them in one way or another.
In view of the fact that many UFOlogists believe that we are
fast approaching a time when overt landings of UFOs will become
less remarkable, and in the absence of our knowing whether
their visits are friendly or hostile, it would not be remiss to
give some thought to the part that fire departments might play
in the event of the unexpected arrival of UFOs in their
communities. For example, what would be your course of action as
an incident commander at the scene of a school ground where a
UFO has crashed into the boiler room, rupturing a fuel line,
and ignition has occurred in the spilling oil, endangering the
occupants of the craft who are trapped in the wreckage? If your
rescue attempts are successful, and two of the five small alien
creatures are injured but still alive, how do you dispose of the
dead and treat the survivors? How would the presence of
children on the school grounds affect your actions? What
persons and agencies would be notified?
The authors have never read any advice on these matters. The
following admonition was printed on the inside front jacket of
Frank Edward's book on flying saucers:
"Near approaches of UFOs can be harmful 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 safe thing to do is to get away from there very quickly and
let the military take over. 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!"
In view of the federal law (cited earlier) empowering NASA's
administrator to impound, without a hearing, anyone who touches
a UFO or its occupants. it would be inadvisable to make
personal contact unless you are willing to submit to NASA's
quarantine requirements, should the law be invoked.
Besides the possible physical effects of approaching a UFO,
e.g.. burns, radiation, etc., there may be psychological
effects produced by force fields that could induce a hypnotic
state in the viewer, loss of consciousness, memory relapse, and
submission to the occupants. Jacques Vallee, author of The
Invisible College cautions that we should consider psychic
effects, such as space-time distortions experienced by
percipients of craft-like devices which appear to fade
away--dematerialize--and then reappear; of alien, strange
voices or thoughts that may effect involuntary changes in the
manner in which witnesses may react in such circumstances.(72)
Perhaps the above warnings of Edwards and Vallee are a little
too cautious and apprehensive to adopt as a general pattern of
conduct in every situation. In the absence of overt acts
indicating hostility, there may be no danger in approaching a
landing (or landed) UFO with a positive, solicitous attitude of
wanting to be of service. This nonaggressive mental state may
be telepathically sensed by those aboard or emerging from the
craft; a form of nonvocal communication is a possibility. It
goes without saying that any display of firearms or other
weapons on your part could be construed as unfriendly and
likely to thwart your intention of conveying a helpful attitude.
In a best case scenario, you may be able to obtain guidance
as to the appropriate actions to take, whether of a life-saving
nature, e.g., in quelling a fire, abating a spill, and of
preservation of property, or even in the reduction of
apprehension on the part of your response team and the
In a less optimistic scenario, you may have engine trouble
upon approaching the scene, and radio contact could be lost
with your dispatcher. If at night, your headlights could go
out, the city could be blacked out, and your portable
generators may malfunction when you attempt to use them for
fans and portable lights. It would certainly be an inopportune
time for your comrades to announce that they had decided to
take their pensions, effective immediately.
In any event, the incident could provide invaluable
experience for further training in coping with rare and
difficult emergencies. Whatever "inside" information you are
able to pass along to your fellow officers and citizens of the
world might help to alleviate unreasonable fear, so that there
would be less likelihood that we would ever again experience
the panic and hysteria that was created by War of the Worlds a
half century ago. Truth is the best cure for the unknown. A
list of some of the available books on Unidentified Flying
Objects (UFOs) is found in Appendix H.
Some fire chiefs have little confidence in disaster plans,
especially those dealing with UFOs or enemy attack. If you
develop a plan that sets forth your responsibilities,
resources, organizations, supplies information, telephone
numbers, and special data that will be useful in obtaining help
and fulfilling your role in disaster control, commit it to an
electronic medium, a computer with a capability for continuous
updating through modern word processing. Bring it forth when
the need requires. With a good plan, good leadership, and
adequate resources, you may save many lives in any disaster,
including attack from possible enemies.
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
DR. WILLIAM M. KRAMER has baccalaureate degrees in Industrial
Management and Business Administration, a master's degree in
Industrial Relations, and a Ph.D. in Administrative Management
from the University of Cincinnati; and a master's degree in
Business Administration from Xavier University. He has edited
numerous course guides for the Open Learning Fire Service
Program and published numerous fire service journal articles.
He is chairman of the seven- University National Open Learning
Educational Consortium, Associate Professor and Director of the
Open Learning Program at the University of Cincinnati, a
District Fire Chief for the City of Cincinnati and the
educational commentator for American Heat video productions.
CHARLES (CHUCK) BAHME is the author of many fire service
articles as well as books, including the Handbook of Disaster
Control, predecessor to the Fire Officer's Guide to Disaster
Control, Fire Service and the Law, Fire Officer's Guide to
Dangerous Chemicals, Fire Protection for Chemiculs, Fire
Officers Guide to Emergency Action, Firemen's Law Book, and
Fire Officer's Guide to Extinguishing Systems. After responding
to a devastating chemical explosion in the City of Los Angeles
he wrote its Dangerous Chemicals Code, the first comprehensive
set of regulations ever adopted by any municipality pertaining
to hazardous materials. Following his naval service in World War
II he was called upon to write U. S. Navy: Structural Fire
Fighting for the Chief of Naval Operations. In thirty years of
service with the City of Los Angeles Fire Department he
advanced through the ranks from recruit to deputy fire chief,
the rank he held at the time of his retirement. During that
period he augmented his A.B. degree from UCLA with a Juris
Doctor degree from Southwestern University. Through the same
years he served with the U. S. Navy: six years of active duty
during World War II and the Korean conflict, and twenty-eight
years with the Naval Reserve, in which he retired with the rank
of Captain. Chief Bahme is an attorney at law with admission to
practice in California, before federal district courts, the
Supreme Court of the United States, and the highest court of
military appeals. He has taught courses in fire protection engi-
neering a UCLA, and fire administration at USC and various
state, national, and international conferences. He has served
in Europe and the Far East for the Department of Defense and
the U. S. State Department. In recent years he has been
teaching a course in Political and Legal Foundations of Fire
Protection as a faculty member of Cogswell College's Open
Learning Fire Service Program. He has also served as the NFPA's
Fire Extinguishing Specialist, its Western Representative, and
as chairman of its Committee on Hazardous Chemicals Fire
Fighting. Upon his moving to Lake County, California, he served
as the chairman of his local Kelseyville fire district's board
of directors and as a disaster control visor to his local Red
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