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Air Support For Firefighters

State and federal agencies are fighting local fires from the air and the sky. Watch to find out more about the people behind the throttle.

Posted: Tue Jul 17 10:31:32 PDT 2018
Updated: Tue Jul 17 10:31:32 PDT 2018

Speech to Text for Air Support For Firefighters

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and trevor are a different kind of firefighting team... they take on fires from the sky...inside this king air utility aircraft. one a pilot for the united states forest service...the other a 3rd generation firefighter turned air tactical coordinator ... trevor says, "i went to flight school and learned about firefighting and he grew up firefighting and then learned about aviation." they fly in a lead plane - a smaller aircraft that watches a fire from above and then coordinates these massive air tankers, which can make a drop as low as 90 feet. trevor says, "a lead plane pilot is somewhat like being a conductor. you can make beautiful music when all the traffic patterns with the helicopters, and the fixed wine retardant airplanes are working smoothly..if you're not a good conductor.. it's the worst sounding music you've ever heard." jerry on the other hand is using his fire knowledge to track fire behavior from the sky...assisting the lead plane pilot but also firefighters on the ground. jerry says, "if there's structures or homes out in front, or trains, railways... whatever we can do to show them where it's burning and how far it could go." during the klamathon fire - the they used the base to refuel....dropping 90-thousand gallons of retardant on the fire. while air support is coming to a halt as containment of the klamathon fire grows ... the firefight never stops for these pilots... watching and
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