With the extreme fire danger in Northern California looming and PG&E preparing to shutdown power to as many as 800,000 customers, CalFire moved to deploy its assets to respond quickly if a fire broke out.

One of those deployments moved a giant water-sucking Skycrane helicopter to a pad on the southside of the Livermore Airport. Pilot Bill Neckels flew the Siller Helicopter from an assignment in Porterville to Livermore Wednesday. My long-time friend and retired Army helicopter pilot, Chris Miller, arranged for us to spend some time talking with Bill and learning about the operations.

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