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Photo By Sgt. 1st Class Steven Petibone, 42nd Combat Aviation Brigade
LATHAM, N.Y. - Sergeant Ed Rose, an electrical maintenance technician at Army Air Support Facility #3 checks "under the hood" of the UH-60 Firehawk for properly operating equipment while local news media looks on.
The New York Army National Guard will be lending its specially-equipped fire-fighting aircraft to the state of California under the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) which is an agreement between all 50 states and four territories to share emergency management duties.
"In state government, we have a responsibility to protect our citizens. We also have the moral obligation to provide assistance to other states when the need arises. This is such a time." said New York State Governor David Paterson.
The helicopter will be initially manned and operated by pilots and crew from the Florida National Guard in the absence of Firehawk trained New York pilots and crew who are training at Fort Sill, Okla. for a deployment to Iraq later this summer.
The California Army National Guard will assume responsibility and cover all costs associated with New York's aircraft until after the fire season is over sometime in October, 2008.

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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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