AERIAL FIREFIGHTING – TACTICAL TRAINING
Beginning May 2nd thru May 6th, 2016, 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. Both facilities are located at the northern end of the Redding Municipal Airport on Airport Road in Redding.
Fighting fire from the air is often one of the most hazardous activities in wildland firefighting. In order to maximize safety and efficiency, new supervisors of air tactical operations must undergo training in air traffic control, communications, equipment, aerial firefighting tactics and aerial observation.
Students from throughout the United States are attending this interagency course in the tactical supervision of firefighting aircraft. During the two week course, students will participate in both classroom and aerial training. The first week, April 25th to April 29th, classroom training takes place in Sacramento. Full flight operations from the Redding Air Attack Base will be conducted May 2nd to May 6th. Students 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, including lightning fire reconnaissance.