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Firefighters begin aerial training in Redding

Starting Monday, firefighters will learn how to supervise air attacks during a training in Redding.

Posted: Apr 29, 2019 11:38 AM

REDDING, Calif. - Starting Monday, firefighters will learn how to supervise air attacks during a training in Redding.

The U.S. Forest Service is teaming up with Cal Fire for an aerial supervision course at the Redding Air Attack Base and the Northern California Training Center.

Fighting fire from the air is extremely hazardous, according to authorities. 

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

During training, students will coordinate air tankers, helicopters and smoke-jumper firefighting aircrafts on a simulated fire in the Oak Run and Whitmore areas.

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