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Colo. Guard aircrews assisting in Black Forest fire relief efforts 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
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Nebraska National Guard crewmembers of Company C, 2nd Battalion, 135th General Support Aviation, dump water from a Bambi Bucket onto the High Park fire burning in Larimer County, Colo., June 18, 2012. (Photo by Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Tate Petersen)(RELEASED)

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

El Paso County Sheriff Public Information Officer
Lt. Jeff Kramer

Colorado National Guard Public Affairs
Capt. Darin Overstreet

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (6/11/13) – The Colorado Army National Guard and Fort Carson are currently assisting civil authorities with firefighting support at the Black Forest fire in El Paso County, Colo.

A total of four helicopters, one UH-60 Black Hawk from the Colorado Army National Guard and three helicopters from Fort Carson are helping to fight the fires. 

One additional COARNG UH-72 Lakota helicopter is providing aerial reconnaissance on the fire and will be on standby for search and rescue. 

Each Black Hawk Helicopter is equipped with a BamBi Bucket®, which is capable of carrying and delivering nearly 500 gallons of water at a time.

The Colorado Army National Guard is operating under immediate response authority to assist the El Paso County Sheriff’s Department in fighting the Black Forest fire.

“We, as members of the National Guard, see it fit to always be available and ready to support those in need,” said Adjutant General of Colorado Maj. Gen Mike Edwards, who commands the Colorado National Guard. “It’s our highest priority to respond immediately in times of need. We are neighbors helping neighbors. That’s why we serve.”

The Colorado Army National Guard helicopters and crews launched from the Army Aviation Support Facility on Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., and are members of 2nd Battalion, 135th General Support Aviation.

The helicopters and crews from Fort Carson, Colorado Springs, Colo., are members of the 4th Combat Aviation Brigade and launched from Butts Army Airfield on Fort Carson. 

Colorado National Guard Citizen-Soldiers are always ready, always there to support civil authorities.

For more information about the fire operations, contact Lt. Jeff Kramer, El Paso County Sheriff Public Information Officer, jeffkramer@elpasoco.com, 719-520-7244. For information about the Colorado National Guard, contact, Capt. Darin Overstreet, 720-250-1053.

Photo gallery of UH-60 firefighting operations:

Fact Sheet UH-60 Black Hawk: http://www.army.mil/factfiles/equipment/aircraft/blackhawk.html