COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo - Crews didn't pull any punches to wow everyone at a demonstration of the MAFFS or Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System. Fighting wildfires from the air is a precision and high tech operation. The Air Force Reservists from the 302nd Air Lift Wing did their yearly training. Lt Col Dave Condit explains what we saw, "This system ejects 3000 gallons of fluid in five seconds out of this nozzle. It creates as much thrust as one and a half times our engines at max power. It really gives us a kick in the pants."
The previous system on the MAFFS wasn't as efficient or effective as this improved system.
Last year was a busy one for MAFFS fighting wildfires. They dropped two and a half million gallons of fire retardant in ten states, the most in 20 years.
Greg Heule is a wildland firefighter who was on the ground during the Waldo Canyon Wildfire. He was watching this demonstration of MAFFS power with me. Greg told me, "I'm thinking this is a tremendous tool. It's a tool that can be used at the right place at the right time."
Huele and Lt Col Condit both told me, this is going to be another busy wildfire fighting season.