Peterson Air Force Base to begin MAFFS training

Peterson Air Force Base to begin MAFFS training

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. - Members of the 302nd Airlift Wing are preparing to answer the US Forest Service's call for "MAFFS" (modular airborne firefighting system) training. 

The crew from Peterson Air Force Base will take part in the Service's annual aerial firefighting training later this month.

The training will include classroom and flight certification for military flight crews, civilian pilots, and other support personnel.

The C-130's used by the MAFFS units can drop up to 3,000 gallons of retardant or water to help suppress wildfires.

"It's a challenging situation with the visibility sometimes with the smoke and the terrain. Terrain is probably one of the biggest issues, we're low and we're slow. We are only about 150 feet off the ground. You picture some tall trees out there, and you get pretty close to the ground," said Melissa Emmett, MAFFS co-pilot.

Melissa Emmett says flying one of these planes is very different from flying a commercial plane.

Crews will head to Boise, Idaho later this month for the training.

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