Michael Archer is a wildfire consultant who holds degrees in Agriculture, Electronics, and Engineering Technology. A native Californian, he has worked in the defense industry as well as the commercial and law enforcement technology sectors as technician, engineer, and computer programmer.
In early 1993 he added writing to his resume with the completion of the first draft of "Firebombers Incorporated". The 'Firebombers Incorporated' series of novels gives readers an intriguing 'what-if' scenario on how 21st century technology could modernize the wildland firefighting force. "Firebombers Incorporated" was first published in 2001 and received good reviews from Wildland Firefighter Magazine, The Nashville News, and others. The sequel, "Firestorm", was published in 2005 and received excellent reviews from Writers Digest, The Nashville News, and firefighting professionals across the U.S.
He has written articles for 'Wildland Firefighter Magazine', 'Home and Fire Magazine', 'Defense Tech', and other publications, while also writing a column for Military.com that provided information to military personnel about the benefits of a career in emergency services and another for Firehouse.com which looked at advanced technology for the fight against wildfires. He has lectured to public service groups, firefighters, and at schools. He has been interviewed by the Associated Press, quoted in USA Today and the New York Times, and has also appeared on KABC-TV and Cable TV discussing wildfire issues. He has addressed wildfire issues as part of a delegation testifying before the U.S. House of Representatives Domestic Policy Subcommittee and has testified to members of the California State Senate Committee On Natural Resources and Water.
From the founding of his publishing company, Firebomber Publications, Mike's intention was to donate 50% of the net profits from sales of Firebombers Incorporated books and merchandise to organizations that support the families of injured and fallen firefighters. To date, donations have been made to the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation, Wildland Firefighter Foundation, Associated Air Tanker Pilots, burn clinics, firefighter associations, and, in some cases, directly to the families of firefighters.
Currently, he writes Wildfire News of the Day, a compilation of wildfire-related news items that goes out weekdays to over 10,000 subscribers on five continents.
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