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* Spotters and observers are used to observe a wildfire, weather conditions, and ground operations and to direct ground forces to the main body of a fire without endangering peoples' lives. * Aircraft are generally employed by the Forest Service and a few community fire departments to aid in controlling and extinguishing forest and wild fires using water or fire retardant chemicals. * Airplanes can be used to drop smokejumpers or equipment near remote fires. * Helicopters can be used to rappel or ferry firefighters, equipment or supplies to or from difficult or remote terrain, or to rescue victims. * In urban fire departments, "air support" can refer to the equipment and supplies used to replenish the air tanks used by firefighters for breathing or for operating other equipment such as pneumatic jacks or air tools.

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