The California Air National Guard’s firefighter training in Paso Robles continues into today as pilots practice wildfire response.
Operating from the Paso Robles Air Attack Base at the Paso Robles Municipal Airport, the pilots conduct their annual training to retain their certification in winged fire responses. Among the equipment used is a new 3,000-gallon fire retardant system that’s loaded onto military C-130 aircraft.
It includes a tank and compressor with a delivery system, officials said.
The training consists of pilots landing an aircraft in Paso Robles, filling the units with water (instead of fire retardant, since it’s a training exercise), flying to a designated location east of Bakersfield and dropping the water.
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That sequence is then repeated under various scenarios.