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MAFFS annual certification and training commences

A C130J from the 146th Airlift Wing performs a MAFFS (Modular Airborn Firefighting Systems) water drop near Point Mugu during MAFFS recertification and training March 6, 2012. (AF photo by Senior Airman Nic Carzis)

A C130J from the 146th Airlift Wing performs a MAFFS (Modular Airborn Firefighting Systems) water drop near Point Mugu during MAFFS recertification and training March 6, 2012. (AF photo by Senior Airman Nic Carzis)

Modular Airborn Fire Fighting Systems or MAFFS unit onboard a C130J executes a water test before leaving the Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Port Hueneme, Calif. on September 11, 2011. The 146th AW is assisting with firefighting efforts in Kern County, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Nicholas Carzis)

Modular Airborn Fire Fighting Systems or MAFFS unit onboard a C130J executes a water test before flight operations during an activation Sept. 2010. Photo by Senior Airman Nick Carzis.

Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System, known as MAFFS, commenced annual training and certification in Greenville, S.C. April 26 to April 30, 2010. Photo by Airman 1st Class Nicholas Carzis

U.S. Forest Service lead plane guides a c130J from the 146th Airlift Wing to the drop zone during Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System training in 2010. Photo by Airman 1st Class Nicholas Carzis

CHANNEL ISLANDS AIR NATIONAL GUARD STATION, Calif. -- The 146th Airlift Wing and the U.S. Forest Service will conduct annual training and certification for MAFFS (Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System) March 5-8 at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station in Port Hueneme.
More than 100 personnel from both agencies will come together to accomplish the weeklong training sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service. The certification event will include classroom sessions and flight training for military flight crews, civilian lead plane pilots and various support personnel. Water drops will be executed in the nearby Angeles National Forest and the Kern County. Rural residents in those areas may see low-flying C-130 aircraft and Forest Service lead planes throughout the week.
The California Air National Guard's C-130J aircraft are equipped with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System II (MAFFS II) which is capable of dropping up to 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant. The system slides into the back of the aircraft, and water or retardant is released through a nozzle located on the rear left side. MAFFS equipment and aircraft are activated to supplement the Forest Service and the civilian air tanker program during periods of high wildfire activity throughout the nation.
Congress established the authority for the MAFFS program in the early 1970s to support wildland firefighting through an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service. The military aircraft are requested by the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) and activated through the U.S. Northern Command, based on an agreement with the Department of Defense.
A media opportunity is scheduled March 7, 2012, at 10 am. A C-130 water drop capability demonstration will take place at 11:00. Please contact Maj. Kimberly Holman, 146th Airlift Wing public affairs officer, at (805) 340-7301 for further information and to arrange base access.

MAFFS annual certification and training commences

A C130J from the 146th Airlift Wing performs a MAFFS (Modular Airborn Firefighting Systems) water drop near Point Mugu during MAFFS recertification and training March 6, 2012. (AF photo by Senior Airman Nic Carzis)

A C130J from the 146th Airlift Wing performs a MAFFS (Modular Airborn Firefighting Systems) water drop near Point Mugu during MAFFS recertification and training March 6, 2012. (AF photo by Senior Airman Nic Carzis)

Modular Airborn Fire Fighting Systems or MAFFS unit onboard a C130J executes a water test before leaving the Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Port Hueneme, Calif. on September 11, 2011. The 146th AW is assisting with firefighting efforts in Kern County, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo by SrA Nicholas Carzis)

Modular Airborn Fire Fighting Systems or MAFFS unit onboard a C130J executes a water test before flight operations during an activation Sept. 2010. Photo by Senior Airman Nick Carzis.

Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System, known as MAFFS, commenced annual training and certification in Greenville, S.C. April 26 to April 30, 2010. Photo by Airman 1st Class Nicholas Carzis

U.S. Forest Service lead plane guides a c130J from the 146th Airlift Wing to the drop zone during Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System training in 2010. Photo by Airman 1st Class Nicholas Carzis

CHANNEL ISLANDS AIR NATIONAL GUARD STATION, Calif. -- The 146th Airlift Wing and the U.S. Forest Service will conduct annual training and certification for MAFFS (Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System) March 5-8 at Channel Islands Air National Guard Station in Port Hueneme.
More than 100 personnel from both agencies will come together to accomplish the weeklong training sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service. The certification event will include classroom sessions and flight training for military flight crews, civilian lead plane pilots and various support personnel. Water drops will be executed in the nearby Angeles National Forest and the Kern County. Rural residents in those areas may see low-flying C-130 aircraft and Forest Service lead planes throughout the week.
The California Air National Guard's C-130J aircraft are equipped with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System II (MAFFS II) which is capable of dropping up to 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant. The system slides into the back of the aircraft, and water or retardant is released through a nozzle located on the rear left side. MAFFS equipment and aircraft are activated to supplement the Forest Service and the civilian air tanker program during periods of high wildfire activity throughout the nation.
Congress established the authority for the MAFFS program in the early 1970s to support wildland firefighting through an agreement with the U.S. Forest Service. The military aircraft are requested by the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) and activated through the U.S. Northern Command, based on an agreement with the Department of Defense.
A media opportunity is scheduled March 7, 2012, at 10 am. A C-130 water drop capability demonstration will take place at 11:00. Please contact Maj. Kimberly Holman, 146th Airlift Wing public affairs officer, at (805) 340-7301 for further information and to arrange base access.