USNORTHCOM lends support for wildfires
Release No: 17-002
July 21, 2017
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PETERSON AFB, Colo. —
U.S. Northern Command will support wildfire suppression efforts in California, Great Basin, and the Northern Rockies geographic areas by providing one Department of Defense C-130 aircraft equipped with U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems. The National Interagency Fire Center requested the assistance yesterday and the MAFFS aircraft along with command, control and support personnel are deploying to support.
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A C-130 with the 152nd Airlift Wing, Nevada Air National Guard, drops water in the mountains east of Boise, Idaho as part of the annual Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System training and certification, April 21, 2017. More than 400 personnel of four C-130 Guard and Reserve units — from California, Colorado, Nevada and Wyoming, making up the Air Expeditionary Group — are in Boise for the week-long wildfire training and certification sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service.
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A California Air National Guard C-130 aircraft flies by a Nevada Air National Guard C-130 during this week's Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System training and certification. More than 400 personnel of four C-130 Guard and Reserve units — from California, Colorado, Nevada and Wyoming, making up the Air Expeditionary Group — are in Boise, Idaho for the week-long wildfire training and certification sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service.
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.The first 152nd C-130 equipped with U.S. Forest Service's Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System arrived Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, at the Nevada Air National Guard Base in Reno. The unit completed its first fire fighting mission as co-pilots augmented with the Air Expeditionary Group last week. The 152nd was picked to become a MAFFS unit in April. U.S. Air Force Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Emerson Marcus
The supporting unit flying the MAFFS mission is the 152nd Airlift Wing, Nevada Air National Guard, based in Reno, Nev.
Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard C-130 aircraft are capable of dropping fire retardant using U.S. Forest Service MAFFS systems. Aircrews, maintenance crews and support personnel undergo special NIFC training and certification to perform these missions each year.
USNORTHCOM provides DOD capabilities for disaster response operations in support of lead Federal agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Interagency Fire Center, state and local officials. The command continues to closely monitor wildfires to anticipate requests for DOD assistance.
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