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Single-engine firefighting airplane personnel to practice suppression training at Salem's McNary Field airport on Thursday, July 11 - 07/09/19

Media Advisory

SALEM, Ore. — Two single-engine air tankers (SEATs) will fly from their base in Prineville to Salem on Thursday for suppression training. This annual training provides opportunity for Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) personnel to prepare for fighting fires in and around northwest Oregon during the 2019 fire season. Staff on site at the McNary Airfield will practice loading the SEATs with water-enhancing gel while personnel in a field location practice communicating with aircraft from the ground. The planes and their pilots are under ODF contract.

Additionally, 2019 marks 100 years of aviation for ODF. Since August of 1919, aviation resources have been used to support boots on the ground suppression efforts, detection of wildfire, insect and disease surveying, and logistical missions. During this training event, ODF personnel will have additional information on the history of aviation with the Department.

VISUALS: Planes landing and taking off, pilot briefing, ground crews loading gel into planes.

ODF Deputy Fire Protection Chief Ron Graham will be available for interviews.

PLANES ARRIVE: 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. (unless needed for an active fire in central Oregon)

LOADING: 9:30 - 11:00 a.m.

RSVP: Media should RSVP with ODF Public Information Officer Bobbi Doan for travel logistics.

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