Federal Assistance Aids Colorado Firefighting Effort
From a North American Aerospace Command and U.S. Northern Command News Release
PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo., June 12, 2013 Federal assistance is being provided in the effort against fires currently burning in southern Colorado.
The following support is being provided through formal requests for forces, immediate response authority, or mutual aid agreements:
U.S. Air Force Academy
-- Support to the incident management team;
-- Two trucks and nine firefighters.
Peterson Air Force Base and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station
-- One Type 1 pumper;
-- 11 firefighters;
-- Shelter for Department of Defense personnel on Peterson AFB.
Buckley Air Force Base
-- 5,000-gallon water tender and two-person crew.
-- Nine firefighters with two trucks and 1 water tender;
-- Four helicopters -- two UH-60 Black Hawks and two CH-47 Chinooks -- are providing bucket drops on the fire. The U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs is the forward air refueling point; and
-- Four bulldozers are on the scene cutting firebreaks on the north side of the fire. Pending wind shifts from the south, they will stay on station.
302nd Airlift Wing at Peterson Air Force Base
-- Two C-130 aircraft equipped with the Modular Airborne Firefighting System (MAFFS).
The Colorado National Guard
-- Forty personnel at security checkpoints in the Black Forest area;
-- An eight-member National Guard communications element;
-- High-clearance trucks and water tenders with 13 personnel;
-- Three UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters with buckets; and
-- One UH-72 Lakota helicopter equipped for aerial firefighting coordination.
Northcom is the joint combatant command formed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. The command provides homeland defense and defense support to civil authorities. Northcom also provides DOD capabilities for disaster response operations in support of the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Interagency Fire Center, and state and local officials.