Connecticut National Guard helicopter crews train for firefighting

Connecticut National Guard helicopter crews firefighting
Connecticut National Guard helicopter crews train with water bucket. Screengrab from NBC Connecticut.

NBC Connecticut has a story about the annual training conducted by the Connecticut National Guard helicopter crews to maintain proficiency with an external water bucket.

Below is an excerpt from the article:


“We’re the ones in the back actually releasing the water, we have the button that releases the water so the pilots are going to kind of aim where they want it and we’re responsible for making the call of when to release the water,” said Sgt. Michael Justo, Connecticut Army National Guard.

In 2015, the Connecticut National Guard was called upon to help fight forest fires in the mountains in Southern Kosovo.

 

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  1. The Ct. Army National Guard located at KBDL has Medivac H60’s and Troop H60’s which can double as a single point external load Helo. The Bambi Bucket training involves many Guard Members. Ground support to include Communications, Experianced Mechs and Trainers. Many Guard Members actually work At Sikorsky which is about an hour or so drive south of the Army Aviation Support Facility, Bradley Field Ct.

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