Thursday, January 29, 2009

California National Guard To Display Readiness For Fire Season

The California National Guard (CNG) will showcase alongside state agencies, U.S. Forest Service, Department of Defense and elected officials two newly acquired firefighting systems at the Cal Fire air ramp at McClellan Air Park from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. tomorrow.

The new equipment to be displayed will include a next-generation airborne fire retardant delivery system, the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS II). This system coupled with the advanced C-130J can fly faster, higher and more efficiently than any other fixed wing military aerial firefighting aircraft.

Also unveiled will be three Tactical Fire Fighting Trucks and two High-Mobility Water Tenders. The tactical firefighting truck is a tough and rugged vehicle with a 1,000-gallon water tank, 2,000 feet of hose, 1,000-gallon per minute pump, and remote controlled roof and bumper turrets. The High-Mobility Water Tender is a 5,000 gallon water support system to be used along with the tactical firefighting truck.

“The acquisition of these new firefighting assets will greatly enhance the capability of the California National Guard to support first responders and to protect Californians in times of natural disaster,” said Maj. Gen. William H. Wade II, California National Guard’s adjutant general.

The California National Guard will also display a UH-60 Black Hawk equipped with an advanced water bucket system, a specially modified military dozer used in clearing fire line, as well as soldiers and airmen alongside firefighting gear, all of which were actually used to combat wildfires in Northern California last summer.

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