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National Guard prepares for potential busy fire season

Kai Porter
April 06, 2018 07:06 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The New Mexico National Guard and the U.S. Forest Service are preparing for what could be a very busy fire season in 2018.


On Friday in the state's capital, members of the National Guard, along with the U.S. Forest Service and local fire departments, took part in a training lesson using a sand table and props to simulate a real-world wildfire situation.

When it comes to fighting wildfires, communication and corporation between fire crews on the ground and in the air is key.

Major Kevin Doo demonstrated to KOB how a large orange water bucker can be strapped to the bottom of a Black Hawk helicopter and used to drop more than 400 gallons of water onto a raging wildfire.

"What we'll do is we'll bring the helicopter over the water source and lower this bucket into the water,” Doo said. "We'll fill it with as much water as we can. Of course, conditions affect how much water we can lift at any time, and from there we'll lift it up out of the water and head on our way.”

National Guard troops can also assist with evacuating home owners trapped by flames or responding to medical emergencies.
"In that situation where we could not land we could bring this out and even without medic on board bring them down to rescue that patient," said Doo.


Kai Porter

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