Black Hawk helicopters used in aerial water bucket training
The Connecticut National Guard few UH-60 Black Hawks at the West Branch River Reservoir in West Hartland Wednesday to conduct aerial water bucket training.
If needed, the helicopters would be used in aerial firefighters to battle major forest fires in Connecticut.
In order to maintain vital certifications and proficiencies, members of the Connecticut Army National Guard’s aviation community used a hoisted bucket system to collect water and perform flight maneuvers with the heavy load before returning it to the reservoir.
The buckets used in training held about 300 gallons of water.
The Connecticut Army National Guard flies a fleet of CH-47 Chinooks and UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters, both of which are capable of conducting water bucket training.
The training is an example of the type of support Connecticut National Guard aircraft can provide in the event the organization is ever called upon to assist in extinguishing a forest or major structural fire.
“Without the support of the community, the Guard would not be the strong organization it is today,” said Maj. Gen. Fran Evon, Adjutant General and Commander of the Connecticut National Guard.
“We remain ready to respond to a call at the local, state, national or international level much in thanks to the training we are able to conduct right here in state.”