DVIDS – News – Photo Essay: Federal and State Agencies Partner for Firefighting Training with Black Hawk Helicopters

A Wisconsin Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk crew with the 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment, based in Madison, Wis., practice dropping water on wildfires on 28 March 2022, using Bambi buckets at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin.

Personnel from the Fort McCoy Fire Department, the Natural Resources Branch of Public Works, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, along with Black Hawk crews and helicopters from the 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment from Madison , Wis., participated in fire training during a prescribed burn.

For training on March 28, Big Sandy Lake on South Post was used as a water source for the Black Hawk crew to draw their water. From there it was only a few miles to the drop zone where a prescribed burn was taking place.

According to the Wisconsin National Guard, bucket training allows Black Hawk flight crews to sharpen their skills. Understanding how to use the bucket can be used to potentially help people in a fire emergency, such as a wildfire response.

Additional prescribed burns will likely take place at Fort McCoy in the spring of 2022 and later in the year if conditions permit.

Fort McCoy’s motto is “Total Force Training Center“. Located in the heart of the Upper Midwest, Fort McCoy is the only US Army installation in Wisconsin.

The installation has provided support and facilities for the field and classroom training of more than 100,000 service members of all services nearly every year since 1984.

Learn more about Fort McCoy online at https://home.army.mil/mccoy, on the Defense Visual Information Distribution System at https://www.dvidshub.net/fmpao, on Facebook by searching “ftmccoy” and on Twitter by searching for “usagmccoy”.

Also try downloading the Digital Garrison app on your smartphone and set “Fort McCoy” or another facility as your preferred base.

Date taken: 24.04.2022
Date posted: 24.04.2022 21:48
Story ID: 419169
Location: FORT MCCOY, Wisconsin, USA

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