Aerial Firefighting Tactical Training in Shasta County

OV-10D at Redding, photo courtesy Bill Gabbert

Beginning on April 30th through May 4th, the U.S. Forest Service and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) are conducting the Aerial Supervision Course at the Redding Air Attack Base.

Posted: Apr 25, 2018 1:49 PM
Updated: Apr 25, 2018 2:24 PM

Redding, Calif.—Beginning on April 30th through May 4th, the U.S. Forest Service and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) are conducting the Aerial Supervision Course at the Redding Air Attack Base and the Northern California Training Center located at the Redding Municipal Airport.

One of the most hazardous activities in wildland firefighting is often firefighting from the air.

New supervisors of air tactical operations must undergo training in air traffic control, communications, equipment, aerial firefighting tactics, and aerial observation to maximize safety and efficiency.

Students from throughout California will attend this interagency course in the tactical supervision of firefighting aircraft.

The course will be two weeks. Students will participate in both classrooms, and aerial training.

During the first week, April 23rd through April 27th the classroom training takes place in Sacramento.

Full flight operations from Redding Air Attack Base will be conducted April 30th to May 4th.

Student participating will coordinate air tankers, helicopters, and smoke jumper firefighting aircraft on a simulated fire in the Oak Run and Whitmore areas.

There will also be other aerial training exercises being conducted throughout Shasta County.

Stay with Action News Now as we will have the latest from the training in the Oak Run and Whitmore areas.

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