Camp Pendleton to host aerial wildland firefighting exercise

CAMP PENDLETON – An aerial firefighting exercise involving units from Camp Pendleton, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, Navy Region Southwest, Cal Fire, and the San Diego Sheriff’s Department will take place on Base from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Thursday, May 9.

This exercise, the sixth iteration of its kind, will provide ready, trained and certified military and civilian resources to combat wildland fires in the region and culminates with a cooperative effort to extinguish a simulated wildland fire.

Navy, Marine Corps and civilian helicopters will be supporting Camp Pendleton and Cal Fire ground teams in establishing a fire line and conducting water bucket operations. The training will certify the pilots in these operations and build relations between the agencies involved.

5 Responses to "Camp Pendleton to host aerial wildland firefighting exercise"

  1. Lee   May 3, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    So, where were you in 2007 helping out civilians?

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  2. For the clueless...   May 3, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    …who apparently don’t know (or didn’t read a bit about the fires when they occured), even though the above article states "the sixth iteration of its kind", there was no coordination plan back in 2007. Those fires are what did the prompting. Oh, for those that aren’t aware, there’s this really neat search engine called google:

    http://www.firescope.org/specialist-groups/aviation/documents/operational_guidelines/chapter%2010-15,%20Support%20Documents%20and%20Existing%20Agreements-Continued%20.pdf

    http://www.pendleton.marines.mil/NewsPhotos/NewsArticleDisplay/tabid/5440/Article/95215/camp-pendleton-conducts-annual-aerial-firefighting-exercise.aspx

    http://www.thevillagenews.com/story/48359/

    http://www.thevillagenews.com/story/48579/

    Pictures: http://www.thevillagenews.com/story/26211/

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  3. Bob   May 4, 2013 at 9:14 am

    In 2007 Fallbrook evauation was through Naval Weapons Station and Marine Corps Base. Over a hundred Civilians actually stayed on base. There were private contractors from base which helped fight fires off base near SR 76 and I-15. They continue to provide help to our community, they are great neighbors.

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  4. Pink   May 4, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Stop trying to confuse poor old Lee with the facts Bob, it gives him a headache.

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  5. Wizard of Fallbrook   May 6, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Glad their doing wildfire exercises…They’ll need them when they catch the base on fire over and over again this summer….Should be called Smokebrook instead of Fallbrook during the hotter months…

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