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Colo. National Guard, partners, to conduct aerial bucket training ahead of wildfire season 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
bucket drop 

The Colorado National Guard helps fight the Black Forest fire, June 12, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colo. Black Hawk helicopters from the Army Aviation Support Facility on Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., are performing water drops using Bambi Buckets. When attached to a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, a bucket can carry up to 500 gallons of water, and the helicopter can make more than 20 drops before refueling. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Air Force Capt. Darin Overstreet/RELEASED)

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Thursday, March 20, 2014

CONTACT:
Air National Guard 2nd Lt. Cheresa D. Theiral
ng.co.coarng.list.staff-pao2@mail.mil
720-250-1057

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (3/19/14) – Chatfield State Park in Littleton, Colo., will host helicopter-based fire suppression training March 25 -27 for Colorado Army National Guard aviation units based at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo.

Local residents and park visitors will notice military helicopters in the area during daylight hours as Army National Guard personnel conduct training exercises in preparation for possible wildfire responses this season. 

This year’s training will include the National Forrest Service, the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, Boulder County Fire and several other local fire agencies.

All training has been closely coordinated with the Chatfield State Park staff to ensure it is conducted in a safe manner with little impact to park visitors or park operations. Although not participating in the training, planning has included coordination with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol, and Littleton Fire and Rescue.

Months of planning were required for this exercise, ensuring the coordination of site locations, planning, movement of equipment and environmental considerations. Questions regarding this training should be directed to the Colorado National Guard State Public Affairs Office at ng.co.coarng.list.staff-pao2@mail.mil or 720-250-1053.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife manages 42 state parks, more than 300 state wildlife areas, all of Colorado's wildlife, and a variety of outdoor recreation. For more information, visit http://cpw.state.co.us. For more information about the Division of Wildlife, go to http://wildlife.state.co.us.

FOR ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: Media interested in a potential training flight opportunity must RSVP with Colorado National Guard Public Affairs no later than 12 p.m., March 21. This is not a guarantee of flight, however we are leaning forward to ensure the best coverage opportunity.

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3/20/2014