FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 19, 2017
CONTACT: Colorado National Guard Public Affairs,
Colo. National Guard to support Boulder County with aerial firefighting
Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, via a verbal executive order, authorized the Colorado National Guard to assist civil authorities in Boulder County with aerial firefighting support of the Sunshine fire.
The initial request is to support with aerial firefighting helicopters and a forward aerial refueling point. The equipment composition of the request includes two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, one CH-47 Chinook helicopter, and a refueling truck from the Colorado Army National Guard.
Aircraft, from the Chief Warrant Officer 5 David R. Carter Aerial Support Facility located on Buckley Air Force Base, have arrived on scene in Boulder and have commenced operations. They will continue to do so at the discretion of the incident commander. The crew are members of 2nd Battalion, 135th General Support Aviation.
Each helicopter is equipped with an aerial water bucket, which is capable of carrying and delivering nearly 500 (Black Hawk) or 2,000 (Chinook) gallons of water or fire retardant slurry at a time.
"We, as members of the National Guard, are always available and ready to support those in need," said the Adjutant General of Colorado Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, who commands the Colorado National Guard. "Supporting citizens is our highest priority in times of need. We are neighbors helping neighbors. That's why we serve."
Colorado National Guard Citizen-Soldiers are always ready, always there to support civil authorities.
For more information about the fire operations, contact Commander Mike Wagner, Boulder County Sheriff Public Information Officer, SheriffPIO@bouldercounty.org, 303-441-1500. For information about the Colorado National Guard, contact, Maj. Darin Overstreet, 720-250-1053.
Photo collection of aerial firefighting operations:
UH-60 Black Hawk
Aerial water bucket system