US Navy Merlins Support CAL FIRE

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Merlins Support CAL FIRE At the request of CALFIRE, the six specially-equipped MH-60S Sea Hawks are supporting firefighting efforts in the vicinity of Camp Pendleton, Calif. by conducting aerial water drops. “The critical part of our role is supporting CAL FIRE to help save lives, prevent human suffering and mitigate great property damage,” said Lt. Cmdr. Todd Stansfield, C3F Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) Lead. “We have Navy personnel and their families that live and work in the areas of San Diego threatened by the fires. Our efforts support both our people and the communities we live in.”In August 2011, U.S. Third Fleet, Naval Air Forces Pacific and U.S. Navy Region Southwest entered into a memorandum of understanding with CALFIRE. Under the agreement, naval units provide helicopters when notified by CALFIRE of weather conditions favorable to wild fires. Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Wing Pacific prepares ready, trained and certified resources to combat wildfires and crews conduct semi-annual training with CAL FIRE to ensure an immediate response capability in support of local authorities for emergency events. The assigned crews are capable of being airborne within four hours of receiving a request for assistance to combat fires.The U.S. Navy helicopters will continue to assist in efforts to combat the San Diego County wildfires until CAL FIRE deems assistance is no longer needed. [mappress]Press Release, May 16, 2014; Image: US Navy Share this article May 16, 2014 View post tag: fire View post tag: CAL View post tag: Naval View post tag: Merlinscenter_img Six flight crews from the “Merlins” of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 3 provided firefighting support to California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) in response to wildfires throughout San Diego County May 15. View post tag: Navy US Navy Merlins Support CAL FIRE View post tag: News by topic View post tag: US View post tag: Supportlast_img read more