REDDING, Calif - U.S. Military aircrafts from several different states participated in Wednesday recertification to practice inserting MAFFS into these aircrafts.
Which then coverts them into fire fighting air tankers.
"This was brought on in the early 70’s for when the commercial air tanker fleet runs out or at capacity or there is an additional need for air tankers the fire service will supply them with tanks and they will drop fire retardant on fires," said Jeff Ridley , air tanker base manager.
The MAFFS units can drop up to 3,000 gallons of fire retardant or water on wild fires.
which can then spread over an area one quarter of a mile long by 60 feet wide in a matter of seconds, and although Wednesday’s efforts were for practice crews say its extremely important to train with fire season right around the corner.
"Yes, we've used them in local area forests in ther past even last summer," said Ridley.
Nation Guard Aircrafts like these were used over 3000 times last year, on more than 24 wildfire here in California, including the Helena fire which burnt more than 21,000 acres.
Crews say without these efforts incidents like those could become much worse.
Crews will be here throughout the week and fire season practice will continue into next week with these events