Take the Fight to the Night – Quick Reaction Force
QRF resources include:
- Two (2) Type 1 Very-Large Helitankers (CH47)
- One (1) Type 1 Helitanker (S61)
- One (1) Type 3 Helicopter (S76)
- One (1) Mobile Retardant Base
The multi-helitanker QRF, with its electronic information gathering and aerial supervision capabilities, assemble and react quickly, and deliver enough suppression power to be decisive during initial attack.
The QRF Aerial Task Force includes a self-contained mobile retardant base (MRB) and enough product to mix 88,000 gallons of retardant before resupply becomes necessary. With forward deployed retardant, and the helitankers’ ability to hover-fill its tanks in 90 seconds, it means less turnaround time for the helitankers and more retardant being applied and faster “dash time” when compared to fixed-wing air tankers that must return to a fixed base to reload.
The mission of the QRF is to mass overwhelming Wildfire Suppression Power on initial attack and a massed, sustained attack during the first night of fires with high growth potential. The QRF has one clear objective. Apply overwhelming suppression power from the air to assist ground firefighters in controlling wildfire. The number one principle behind the QRF is to keep fires small by attacking them early.