FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Monday, March 24, 2014
Air National Guard 2nd Lt. Cheresa D. Theiral
CENTENNIAL, Colo. (3/24/14) – The Colorado Army National Guard will conduct helicopter-based fire suppression training March 25-27 for the 2nd Battalion, 135th General Support Aviation, based at Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo.
Residents and visitors in and near Chatfield State Park, Cherry Creek Reservoir, Rocky Mountain Arsenal and Bear Creek Lake may 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 Forest Service, the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, Boulder County Fire and several other local fire response agencies.
All training has been closely coordinated with the park staff to ensure it is conducted in a safe manner with little impact to park visitors or park operations. Planning has included coordination with local authorities.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-250-1053.
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