Sacto 9-1-1
May 11, 2011
National Guard, fire rescue crews to train for natural disasters

With floods on the Mississippi River and wildfires in Texas in the news, California National Guard pilots Sunday will train to aid California residents in natural disasters.

Blackhawk crews from the 1-168th Aviation Regiment's Charlie Company will join with the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District's rescue company to conduct overwater rescue training as part of their state emergency preparedness. The training will be held at VanVleck Ranch lakes in Rancho Murieta,

The National Guard unit will launch its activities out of the Sacramento Army Aviation Facility at Mather Air Field.

As a medevac company, the main mission of the C/1-168th is to conduct medical evacuations in international conflicts and domestic emergencies, according to a California National Guard news release. The crews also conduct search and rescue, firefighting and relief operations for the state of California.

The Sacramento Army Aviation Support Facility provides equipment, facilities, training and maintenance technicians to support a variety of aviation missions, including aircraft and administrative support, annual flight training and evaluations, and aviation support to state agencies in the event of natural disaster, civil disturbance or other emergencies.

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