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Idaho Guardsman Blazes her own Trail in Firefighting
March 15, 2023
Idaho Army National Guard Pfc. Bailey Craig attends her first drill at the Orchard Combat Training Center, Feb. 8, 2023, with the organization's 937th Engineer Detachment. She is the unit's first female to earn the 12M firefighter military occupational specialty after graduating in December from the Department of Defense's 68-day basic firefighting training academy at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas.

FireGuard Program Enhances National Guard Wildfire-fighting
November 18, 2022
A U.S. Army UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter flown by Soldiers from the 1st Assault Helicopter Battalion, 140th Aviation Regiment, California Army National Guard, drops a bucket of water during aerial wildland firefighting training with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, March 19, 2022, in Silverado, California. Cal Guard and CAL FIRE have a decades-long partnership for battling California’s larger wildfires.

West Virginia Guard to Provide Aerial Firefighting Support
November 10, 2022
Members of the West Virginia Army National Guard's (WVARNG) Company C, 1st Battalion, 150th Aviation Regiment completed Water Bucket training

Oregon National Guard Responds to Rum Creek Fire
September 6, 2022
Deep in the Rum Creek Fire Complex area, Sgt. Jeremy Hensler conducts a radio check for Staff Sgt. Casey Reed and Spc. Britney Rivera at a road closure near Merlin, Ore. Sept. 2, 2022. Oregon National Guard members were supporting firefighting efforts at the Rum Creek wildfire.

New York Army Guard Helps Battle Hudson Valley Fire
September 2, 2022
A New York Army National Guard UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter drops 600 gallons of water on a wildfire along a ridgeline in Minnewaska State Park Preserve in the Hudson Valley near Ellenville, New York, Aug. 30, 2022. The New York National Guard deployed two Black Hawks to support firefighting operations at the request of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Virginia Guard Aviators Lead Kosovo Aerial Firefighting Success
August 19, 2022
Virginia National Guard Soldiers assigned to 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division conduct helicopter bucket aerial firefighting training near Gjilan, Kosovo, June 2, 2022.

Oklahoma National Guard Supports Wildland Firefighting
August 2, 2022
An Oklahoma Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk flies over the 702 Fire in Blaine County, Oklahoma, after dropping more than 600 gallons of water on the fire, July 16, 2022. The Oklahoma National Guard is supporting the Oklahoma Forestry Services and local fire departments from the air using a UH-60 Black Hawk and a LUH-72 Lakota.

NY Air Guard 106th civil engineers train at Silver Flag
February 17, 2022
New York Air National Guard 106th Rescue Wing firefighters extinguish live-fire training props at a Silver Flag exercise at Tyndall Air Force Base, Panama City, Fla., Jan. 6, 2022. Nineteen Airmen from the 106th Civil Engineering Squadron traveled to Tyndall AFB for a 10-day exercise, where they trained and tested their readiness in preparation for deployment.

Connecticut Air Guard fire department trains with partners
January 25, 2022
Firefighters converse during a training exercise hosted by the Connecticut Air National Guard Fire Department Dec. 10, 2021, at Bradley Air National Base, Conn. The CTANG Fire Department collaborated with mutual aid partners to incorporate resources from various fire departments into its incident command system.

VNG aviators practice firefighting skills before deployment
October 22, 2021
Virginia Army National Guard flight crews conduct water bucket training with UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters Oct. 12, 2021, at a training area in Chesterfield, Virginia. These Soldiers are scheduled to deploy to Kosovo with the 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, 29th Infantry Division in early 2022, where firefighting capabilities may be needed.

Cal Guard actively fights state’s wildfires
August 19, 2021
Trees burn within eyesight of a California National Guard hand crew with Joint Task Force 578 during the Dixie Fire, Aug. 16, 2021, in Northern California.  The task force is part of the mutual aid system in support of CAL FIRE.

National Guard well-equipped to handle West Coast wildfires
August 2, 2021
An Air National Guard C-130 drops retardant on the Beckwourth Complex Fire July 9, 2021, near Frenchman Lake in Northern California.

Vermont hosts SPP partner Senegal's national fire brigade
July 22, 2021
Two members of Senegal's National Fire Brigade examine a Vermont National Guard fire response vehicle July 12, 2021, at Camp Johnson, Vermont National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Colchester. Delegates from Senegal’s fire brigade visited Vermont as part of the National Guard’s State Partnership Program.

Nevada Air Guard activated to help fight fires in West
June 25, 2021
Nevada Air National Guard's 152nd Airlift Wing C-130 sits on the ramp at CAL FIRE’s McClellan Reload Base, Calif., during Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System training in June 2020. The aircrew practiced water drops in remote areas of the Tahoe National Forest and Shasta-Trinity National Forest.

Pennsylvania helicopter crews practice using water buckets
May 26, 2021
One CH-47 Chinook and two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters conduct water bucket firefighter training May 11, 2021, at Memorial Lake State Park and Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania National Guard crews take water from Memorial Lake and drop it in Fort Indiantown Gap’s training corridor.

NYNG, Forest Rangers train for helicopter firefighting
May 11, 2021
New York Army National Guard Staff Sgt. Jake Pratt, a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief assigned to the 2rd Battalion, 142nd Aviation, and a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation forest ranger prepare to deploy water during helicopter firefighting training over the Mohawk River in Colonie, New York, May 6, 2021. Aircrews based at the Albany International Airport in Latham, New York, trained with aviators from the Connecticut Army National Guard and forest rangers in preparation for the summer wildfire season.

Partnerships forged during aerial firefighting training
May 7, 2021
C130-E Hercules aircraft from the 152nd Airlift Wing during MAFFS (Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System) training at the San Bernardino Air Tanker Base, California. May 5, 2021.

Interagency training preps Cal Guard for aerial firefighting
May 5, 2021
A U.S. Air Force HH-60 Pave Hawk rescue helicopter from the 129th Rescue Wing, California National Guard, deploys its water bucket on a simulated fire during annual joint aerial fire fighting training near Ione, California, April 24, 2021.

NY National Guard helicopter crews train to fight fires
April 9, 2021
New York Army National Guard helicopter pilots, crews and Soldiers with 3rd Assault Helicopter Battalion,142nd Aviation Regiment, 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade, 42nd Infantry Division, conduct water bucket training using UH-60M and UH-60L Black Hawk helicopters April 6, 2021. The training was at Camp Smith Training Site and over the Hudson River.

Montana National Guard partners with college for training
December 7, 2020
Spcs. Graydon Irish, Justin Wilkinson and Kyle Vanatta, firefighters with the Montana National Guard's 1051st Fire Fighting Tactical Group, train on Camp Ripley, Minnesota. The Soldiers were familiarizing themselves with operating a pump and adjusting water pressure before mobilizing overseas in 2021.