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Airborne training underway at Peterson AFB ahead of wildfire season

Posted at 8:17 PM, Apr 28, 2020

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE — Recent Red Flag Warnings across southern Colorado are a sure sign that that wildfire season is starting to ramp up.

For that very reason, the 302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base is training again with their Mobile Airborne Firefighting System, or M.A.F.S.

The annual training is done to ensure crews are ready to go when wildfires break out across the Rocky Mountain West.

Crews are also dealing with the COVID-19 crisis and some have had to do virtual training.

"Once we get to the airplane and we're operating within the airplane, things are more or less normal. We can still fly the airplane with PPE or masks on. That's not going to effect how we're able to do our job in the aircraft," ... said.

With more people spending time outside, the men and women who work on the front line are stressing the importance of practicing wildland safety at all times.