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Photo by Sgt Logan Ambrosio, New York Army National Guard Aviation (Released)
A New York Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk dumps 660 gallons of water from a "Bambi Bucket" on a wild fire raging in Minnewaska State Park, Ulster County, New York on April 21. The fire, which erupted on Thursday, April 17, consumed 3,100 acres, making it the largest such fire in New York in 13 years.
Army National Guard aviation assets responded to a State Emergency Management Office request for assistance on Saturday, April 19, when one Blackhawk helicopter flew 37 water dump missions. On Sunday April 20, and Monday April 21, two Blackhawks responded, flying 14 water missions each day.
A New York Army National Guard OH-58 recon helicopter equipped with a thermal imaging device was also used to identify fire hot spots for targeted drops.
Helicopters from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the New York State Police also participated in the fire-fighting mission.

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WHAM TV -- Thu, 30 Oct 2014

Chinook choppers arrive in Rochester

Rochester, N.Y. - A fleet of new Chinook helicopters landed in Rochester Wednesday night.

WTEN -- Wed, 29 Oct 2014

Gov. Cuomo directs flags to half-staff on two-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Governor Andrew M. Cuomo directed that flags on state government buildings be flown at half-staff on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 in honor of the 61 men and women who lost their... (more)

Associated Press -- Wed, 29 Oct 2014

NY Army National Guard at Rochester gets 3 new Chinook helicopters

ROCHESTER, New York -- The New York Army National Guard at Rochester is getting three of the latest model Chinook helicopters.

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