Lockheed C-130

Type 1 Airtanker - Modular Airborne Firefighting System

Lockheed C-130

Specifications

Cruise Speed: 275 mph
Gallon Capacity: 3,000
Original Owner: U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve
Crew: Pilot, Co-pilot and Flight Engineer

Mission

A MAFFS (Modular Airborne FireFighting System) unit is a 3,000 gallon pressurized tank installed on a military Lockheed C-130 cargo/utility aircraft. Retardant or water is dropped out of the tank in under five seconds through two tubes at the rear of the plane or through one tube out of the side in the newer models. The retardant dropped can cover an area of one quarter mile long and 60 feet wide to act as a fire barrier. The objective of the MAFFS program is to provide additional emergency aircraft to supplement the existing airtankers during major fire sieges. The MAFFS is not used for initial attack.

History

Congress established the MAFFS program after the 1970 Laguna Fire overwhelmed the existing aviation firefighting resources. The U.S. Forest Service was directed to develop a program in cooperation with the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve to produce the equipment, training and operational procedures to integrate military air tankers into the national response system. In 2009 the MAFFS 2 was unveiled as the next-generation portable retardant dispersal system. The MAFFS 2 is more efficient and effective in its retardant dropping capabilities.


SBC Radio Channels


Command Channel Frequency

Tactical Channel Frequency

  • Command 1 (Dispatch) 153.770

  • Tactical 7 155.595

  • Command 2 153.905

  • Tactical 8 154.845

  • Command 3 153.980

  • Tactical 9 154. 650

  • Command 4 156.135

  • Tactical 10 155.640

  • Command 5 154.875

  • CDF/Tactical 11 151.445

  • Command 6 150.995

  • Tactical 12 153.830

  • Tactical 13 154.190

  • CDF/Tactical 14 151.190

  • Tactical 15 155.970

  • CALCORD 156.075


Incident Management Team (IMT)


Santa Barbara County is unique in that it has established a IMT-3 team. With cooperation from all of the fire agencies in the county along with the SB County Sheriff and California Highway Patrol. It is an “All-Risk” Type-3 Team and can respond and manage any incident such as a hazardous materials spill or vegetation fire

Santa Barbara County Operational Area

Type 3: State or Metropolitan Area Level

A standing team of trained personnel from different departments, organizations, agencies, and jurisdictions within a state or DHS Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) region, activated to support incident management at incidents that extend beyond one operational period. Type-3 IMTs will respond throughout the state or large portions of the state, depending upon State-specific laws, policies, and regulations.

Type 2: National and State Level

A federally or state-certified team; has less training, staffing and experience than Type-1 IMTs, and is typically used on smaller scale national or state incidents. There are thirty-five Type-2 IMTs currently in existence, and operate through interagency cooperation of federal, state and local land and emergency management agencies.

Type 1: National and State Level

A federally or state-certified team; is the most robust IMT with the most training and experience. Sixteen Type-1 IMTs are now in existence, and operate through interagency cooperation of federal, state and local land and emergency management agencies.

An incident management team consists of five subsystems as follows:

  • Incident command system (ICS) – an on-scene structure of management-level positions suitable for managing any incident;
  • Training – including needs identification, development, and delivery of training courses;
  • Qualifications and certification – the United States has national standards for qualifications and certification for ICS positions;
  • Publications management – the development, control, sourcing, and distribution of National Incident Management System (NIMS) publications provided by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG); and
  • Supporting technology and systems – technology and materials used to support an emergency response, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), orthophoto mapping, National Fire Danger Rating System, remote automatic weather stations, automatic lightning detection systems, infrared technology, and communications.