Air Operations

In support of its ground forces, the  Paso Robles Air-Attack Base emergency response air program includes 2 Grumman S-2T 1,200 gallon airtankers, and  1 OV-10A airtactical aircraft, the aircraft can reach most fires within 20 minutes.

The airtactical planes fly overhead directing the airtankers and helicopters to critical areas of the fire for retardant and water drops. The retardant used to slow or retard the spread of a fire is a slurry mix consisting of a chemical salt compound, water, clay or a gum-thickening agent, and a coloring agent.