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Air Tanker Attack

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  •  Bentanite is a commonly used fire retardant when mixed with pink dye  
  •  A pilot takes all factors into consideration before making the drop 
  •  The duties of a line boss, described in a diagram 
  •  The airport crew prepares the tankers 
  •  The lead plane, air attack boss, and line attack boss all remain in communication during the procedure 
  •  How are air tankers used on large situations? 
  •  A diagram demonstrates the tactics used to extinguish wildfires 
  •  The importance of training firefighters as a team 
  •  The four R’s in air tanker attack: “The right tool, the right place, the right time, the right amount” 
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Presented by the US Forest Service, this government training film describes air tanker attacks. A training officer uses real footage combined with diagrams to breakdown the steps of fire fighting. Though the weather and terrain conditions will differ, the fundamental principles of air tanker attacks remain the same: the fire, air tanker, head quarters, and retardant.