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Colo. National Guard supporting firefighting efforts, 2 medevac helos on standby 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
CH-47 bucket operations 

Colorado Army National Guard Sgt. Nicholas Parrott, flight engineer, prepares to attach a 2,000-gallon Bambi Bucket ® to his CH-47 Chinook helicopter in order to fight the East Peak fire burning in Huerfano County, Colo., June 21, 2013. The Colorado Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 135th General Support Aviation stationed at Buckley Air Force Base, Aurora, Colo., and the High-altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site in Gypsum, Colo., are providing two helicopters, equipped with Bambi Buckets in support of civil authorities to help fight the fire. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet/RELEASED)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tuesday June 25, 2013

FOR INFORMATION ABOUT THE COLORADO NATIONAL GUARD CONTACT:
Colorado National Guard Public Affairs
720-250-1053
ng.co.coarng.list.staff-pao2@mail.mil

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (6/25/13) – More than 225 Colorado National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are currently supporting incident commanders at fires throughout Colorado.

In addition to the support listed below, two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, each outfitted with a hoist, are on standby for medevac and search-and-rescue operations, if needed by incident commanders.

WEST FORK COMPLEX FIRE:   

     ·         Fourteen Colorado National Guard Soldiers of the 1157th Engineer Firefighting Company, along with their high capacity off-road firefighting trucks and water tenders, are supporting firefighting efforts.     

     ·         National Guard Soldiers and Airmen are manning multiple checkpoints around the fire area in support of local law enforcement.

     ·         Colorado Air National Guard Airmen are providing a phone, internet and radio communications platform to facilitate communications between civil and military authorities. 

     ·         Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers are providing geographic imaging support to the incident commander.

 

EAST PEAK FIRE:

     ·         Colorado Army National Guard Soldiers are manning multiple checkpoints around the fire area in support of the Huerfano County Sheriff.

     ·         Fifteen Soldiers are providing firefighting support on wildland fire hand-crew teams.

     ·         Colorado Air National Guard Airmen are currently providing phone, internet and radio communications platform to facilitate communications between civil and military authorities.  

     ·         The Colorado National Guard helicopters and crews performing bucket drops are ending their mission June 25 after having dropped more than 131,000 gallons of water on the East Peak fire.

 

BLACK FOREST FIRE:

     ·         The Colorado National Guard is providing tents for non-governmental organizations to support relief and recovery efforts.

For information about the Colorado National Guard, contact Colorado National Guard Public Affairs, ng.co.coarng.list.staff-pao2@mail.mil or 720-250-1053.

For latest updates on the Colorado National Guard, follow us on Twitter @CONG1860. 

Also follow #EastPeakFire, #WestForkFire, #BlackForestFire and #cofire.

Current CONG news releases:
http://bit.ly/13YbLZu

File photos:
East Peak firefighting: http://bit.ly/10L2PIL
1157th Engineer Firefighter Company: http://bit.ly/17Yzqgs
Colorado National Guard firefighting:
http://bit.ly/1bvVyfb
High-altitude Army National Guard Aviation Training Site:
http://bit.ly/19uP4k9

File video:
National Guard firefighting: http://bit.ly/KZQeZI

B-roll:
Bambi-Bucket® drops, East Peak fire: http://bit.ly/10L2PIL
Bambi-Bucket® drops, Black Forest fire:
http://bit.ly/11N6Fiq
Bambi-Bucket® drops, High Park fire:
http://bit.ly/17H61HJ

Fact sheets:
UH-60 Black Hawk: http://1.usa.gov/6kraJa
CH-47 Chinook: http://1.usa.gov/12g4Iaj

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6/25/2013