Each year, the Andalusian group trains more than 2,000 professionals in the field of civil and environmental emergencies

A unit of ten professionals from the Greek National Fire Service (Hellenic Fire Brigade) has chosen Pegasus Aero Group for the training of its helicopter brigades, in order to acquire the necessary knowledge and practice that will allow them to carry out their forestry fire mission with helicopter.

The course, which takes place over a period of five days in the morning and afternoon, is taught by highly experienced instructors from the immediate action helicopter crew of the Government of La Rioja (CARIF) and will take place at the facilities of the base of aerial means of Agoncillo, within Logroño Airport.

Among subjects taught, the part dedicated to extinction strategies and tactics, operational safety, incident command system, crew organization, communications and forest-urban interface stands out. As for practices, they have focused especially on the correct boarding procedure, maneuvers on land and communications.

The training of Greek Fire Brigade professionals is possible by a grant from the international philanthropic organization Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), which has supported the Greek Fire Brigade through a larger grant initiative.

These training actions are part of a broader training program that will allow Pegasus Aero Group to position itself as a reference center for training and specialization in forest fires and all kinds of emergencies.

Pegasus Aero Group’s experience in fighting forest fires

As for training to fight forest fires, for years and as a pioneer in its subsidiary SEILAF (Integrated Training System for Fighting Forest Fires), you can train in flight and on a forest fire mission and simultaneously all the professionals who intervene in the extinction of a forest fire, from checkpoints, technical directors to helicopter pilots and controls.

To recreate this reality of fire, they use innovative technologies in terms of tactical, aeronautical and meteorological simulation, through three simulators that can act jointly or individually.

For training in fighting forest fires with aerial resources, it has a Bell 412 FFSB FTD3 Helicopter Simulator, on the ground it has an Air Resources Coordination Simulator (COA) for training in the management of this type of operations and a Simulator of the Technical Directorate of Extinction (DTE) that, by means of a real vehicle with simulated communication systems and a meteorological station, different virtual scenarios are projected in high definition where the fire advances and the tactical elements act, thus integrating all the agents that intervene in the eradication of a forest fire.

In Seilaf, located in the Aerópolis Technology Park in Seville, more than 2,000 professionals from the aeronautical field, civil emergencies and forestry have been trained. They come both from our country and from other international countries such as Chile, Montenegro, Serbia, Bolivia, South Africa, Abu Dhabi, Portugal and Italy, among other countries.

The challenge is to continue to remain leaders in aeronautical education in our country and continue closing training contracts outside our borders.