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MEDIA ADVISORY: Colo. National Guard, partners, to conduct aerial bucket training at 4 metro locations ahead of wildfire season 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
water bucket drop 

Spc. Edwin Wiley of the Colorado Army National Guard helps fight the Black Forest fire, June 12, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colo. UH-60 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:
Monday, March 24, 2014

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

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 ng.co.coarng.list.staff-pao2@mail.mil or 720-250-1053.

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3/24/2014