Anchor Flank & Pinch

is joining forces with

Becker Support Services,

developers of FS3D, to form

The best in aerial firefighting training programs
combined with leading real-world simulation software
setting a new wildland firefighting standard of excellence.

Official site coming soon.

Watch our recent training video example of the FS3D environment.

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Field Exercises

In-field training exercises developed specifically for your team, based on real world scenarios.

Live simulation fire exercises
Apply lessons learned in the classroom on live fire simulation exercises.
Integration with current wildland firefighters
We maintain active relationships with active wildland firefighters who are available and ready to train.
Performance review and evaluation
We provide a comprehensive performance review and evaluation process that complements current industry standards.
Ground tactics and strategy
In addition to aerial training, we instruct on best practices for crews working on the ground.
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Classroom Training

An engaging course curriculum and discussion led by a cadre with decades of aerial and ground firefighting training and education experience. Topics include, but are not limited to:

Mission CRM/Human Factors
Classroom discussion and exercises that will enhance tactical CRM between flight crew members and ground forces in order to achieve mission objectives with a safe, efficient, and effective goal.
Incident Command System (ICS)
Basic information on the concept and implementation of the ICS, with emphasis on air and ground operations.
Sand Table Exercises (STEX)
Used as a time compressed tactical exercise for group settings. Sand Tables also serve as tools for After Action Review (AAR) discussions, as well as creative, and visual environments for sharing creative strategy/ tactics, lessons learned, and best practices.
Fire Anatomy/Terminology/Fire Behavior & Fuels
Identify and discuss key visual indicators of fire behavior, emphasizing Incident size-up, and communicating, indicators to incident commanders, chief officers, aviators, ground forces and coordinators.
Fire Traffic Area (FTA)
History, structural dimensions, and rules of engagement for operations within Incident Airspace.

FS3D Virtual Reality Simulations

Immersive, realistic wildfire training using state of the art Virtual Reality hardware and software.

Real-time multi-user interaction
Run incident simulations with live role players including aerial supervision, airtanker/helicopter pilots, ground crews, etc.
Over 20 flight platforms and configurations
Train using aircraft that include accurate, functioning cockpits, realistic flight dynamics even during water/retardant release, and true-to-life paint jobs.
Fully immersive, realistic first-person simulations
Virtual Reality brings 3D realism with every glance, wing check, sun glare, and smoke plume penetration.
Accurate fire growth and suppression with dynamic weather
Industry-standard fire growth modeling with the most accurate suppression effects available. Facilitators can adjust weather parameters at any time to change fire characteristics.
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Trusted by firefighting professionals everywhere.


Our Team

Over a century of combined wildland firefight experience.

  • Joel Lane

    Director, AFP

    559 310 9430

    Joel has served over 40 years as a firefighter for the USFS. He worked on the ground for 20 years as a hotshot, squad boss, Captain and Superintendent. Joel spent the last 20 years of his career in the air as an Air Attack, Air Attack Trainer, and Forest Aviation Officer. He is currently working with OCFA's Quick Reaction Force where they are pioneering in the aerial fire fighting space.

  • Ken Perry

    Director, AFP

    661 350 5225

    Ken has over 35 years of firefighting experience. He worked as a hotshot before transitioning to the air as a Smoke Jumper. After jumping for 8 years, Ken became a Division Supervisor, Incident III Commander, & FAA Senior Parachute Rigger/Test Jumper. Ken then served as an Air Tactical Group Supervisor. He currently serves as an aerial firefighting instructor across multiple organizations.

  • Gus Johnson

    Director, AFP

    559 708 3570

    Gus has served over 30 years as firefighter as a Battalion Chief, Chief Officer, Logistics Section Chief, & Air Operations Branch Director. He has fought fire as an Air Attack for over 20 years, and has served as an Air Tactis Group Supervisor. Gus continues to work with OFCA's Quick Reaction Force in addition to instructing aerial fire fighters in various organizations.