CAL FIRE and the California National Guard (CNG), conducted a Military Helicopter Managers training on Saturday, April 27 through Sunday, April 28, 2019 in Amador County (CA) at the CAL FIRE Training Academy in Ione and at the Allen Ranch in Martell.

California National Guard helicopters conducted ground and air operations in the Sutter Hill area and at the Pardee Reservoir, approximately seven mile’s south-west of Jackson.

This annual training is a cooperative effort between CAL FIRE and the California National Guard (CNG). When the California Emergency Management Agency calls the CNG to support CAL FIRE in fire suppression activities, both entities must be prepared. This training is a requirement per the cooperative use agreement between CAL FIRE and the California National Guard (CNG), to ensure that all qualifications and standards are met.

Training topics include:

• Helicopter water emergency egress training /water survival

• Military Helicopter Manager duties start to finish

• Air crew coordination and crew resource management

• Passengers, hazardous material and cargo

• Load calculations

• Radio use

• Flight operations