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MEDIA ADVISORY: Colo. National Guard to conduct aerial bucket training at 2 Denver-metro locations ahead of wildfire season 
By Colorado National Guard Public Affairs 
Bambi Bucket fill 

FILE PHOTO: A Colorado Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from the Army Aviation Support Facility on Buckley Air Force Base in Aurora, Colo., performs water drops using a Bambi Bucket in support of the combined Black Forest firefighting efforts, June 12, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colo. As configured, this bucket can carry up to 500 gallons of water, and the Black Hawk can make more than 20 drops before refueling. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Capt. Darin Overstreet/Released)

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CENTENNIAL, Colo. (4/4/14) – The Colorado Army National Guard will conduct helicopter-based fire suppression training April 5 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 in Littleton, Colo., and Rocky Mountain Arsenal in Commerce City, Colo., 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. 

All training has been closely coordinated with park staff to ensure it is conducted in a safe manner with little impact to park visitors or park operations. Planning has also included coordination with local authorities.

Months of preparation 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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4/3/2014