Media Advisory: Fire Experts, Colo. National Guard Prep For 2019 Wildfire Season

 

For immediate release: Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control

Public Information Officer: Caley Fisher | caley.fisher@state.co.us | 720-391-1565

Fire Experts, Colo. National Guard Prep For 2019 Wildfire Season

April 2, 2019- ​The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) will conduct helicopter-based fire suppression training April 2nd-11th near Longmont with the Colorado Army National Guard, Kansas National Guard, Nebraska National Guard, among other agencies. 

The training exercises, incorporating federal, state and local authorities, include practicing aerial water bucket drops at Denver-metro lakes and reservoirs to improve coordinated response for air- and ground-based response elements during emergencies.

The goal is to provide a safe and realistic training environment for comprehensive training, practice, and development of skills for all agencies involved. This training was put to use in 2018 when the Colorado National Guard responded to a large number of wildfires.

FOR ASSIGNMENT EDITORS: The event is open to media Saturday, April 6th with the opportunity for field tours:

WHERE:  DFPC Helibase at Vance Brand Airport: 229 Airport Rd, Longmont, CO 80503 (See the map below for specific location of Helibase)

WHEN:   Saturday, April 6, 2019; Media allowed between at 10:00am- 2:00pm

  • Media: Please bring proper credentials
  • Transportation for media to drop sites and back to Helibase will be available until 1pm
  • POCOnce you arrive at the gates, contact Caley Fisher
    • If possible, please RSVP to Caley Fisher: 720-391-1565