|CAL FIRE and National Guard Train for Fire Season|
|California National Guard. Huey Working Robbers Fire 2012|
"This training allows us to call upon the National Guard helicopters to assist us when California experiences extreme fire conditions," "Last Summer, the Guard helped us battle several large wildfires." - said Chief Ken Pimlott, director of CAL FIRE.
"This cooperative training is crucial to our fight against the imminent California wildfires," "Our long-standing partnership with CAL FIRE and other state agencies has proved a winning combination; our interagency training translates into maximized preparedness and seamless cooperation when the fires inevitably hit." - said Maj. Gen. David S. Baldwin, adjutant general for the California National Guard.
Each year, the two departments join forces to train military pilots on how to effectively make water drops on wildfires and how to safely integrate into a wildfire situations. CAL FIRE will be instructing National Guard helicopter pilots and crewmembers in basic incident management and firefighting operations so they can safely assist CAL FIRE in battling massive wildfires.
CAL FIRE has the largest aerial firefighting fleet in the world with over 50 aircraft including 11 UH-1H Super Huey helicopters.