June 21, 2011
Media invited to June 28 Helitack training
Crews prepare for fire season
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) invites media to attend a live training for Helitack crews in Ellensburg. The function of the Helitack group is to attack fires while they are small, using the aircraft to transport up to six fire personnel to the fire.
In 2009 and 2010, the fast-strike response of helicopters allowed DNR to control fires before they could grow into larger blazes, reducing the number of acres burned to below the five-year average.
Media will receive a firsthand look at the training that is required to safely fight wildland fires, utilizing helicopters to transport fire personnel, water, and other firefighting support equipment. They also will have an opportunity for interviews and to take photos of the helicopters and crews.
| What:|| Photo and interview opportunity: Helicopters, crews, firefighter training|
| When:|| June 28th, 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.|
| Where:|| North Fork Hatchery Helibase, North Fork Teanaway Road, Ellensburg, WA |
- Start at the Pilot Gas Station off of I-90 - Exit 106 in Ellensburg.
- Go north on US-97 toward Dry Creek Connector Road/WA-10.
- Turn slight left onto US-97/WA-10.
- Turn right onto US-97.
- Turn left onto WA-970.
- Turn right onto Teanaway Road.
- Teanaway Road becomes North Fork Teanaway Road.
- North Fork Hatchery Helibase will be on left.
Janet Pearce, Communications and Outreach, 360-902-1122, email@example.com On day of the event:
Bryan Flint, Communications and Outreach Director, 360-870-3853, firstname.lastname@example.org
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