MAFFS training starts Tuesday in Colorado and Wyoming

DENVER - Annual training and re-certification for the crews of air tanker Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System planes will begin Tuesday and last until Sunday.

The training will involve classroom sessions, flight training and recertification, said Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests & Pawnee National Grassland spokeswoman Reghan Cloudman. Participants will include military flight crews, support personnel and the civilian pilots of lead planes.

The MAFFS equipment is carried inside a military C-130 airplane. It can drop up to 3,000 gallons of fire retardant or water to wage war on a wildfire.

During this training, the crews will drop water on targets in the remote parts of Medicine Bow National Forest and the Canyon Lakes Ranger District on the Roosevelt National Forest, Cloudman said.

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