Sixty-six Montana Air National Guard personnel have been activated to fight wildfires in Montana.
The state activation is expected to last up to 15 days, according to a press release.
The Guardsmen reported to the 120th Airlift Wing in Great Falls and received their initial training and safety briefings on Wednesday, September 13th.
They were then taken to Fort Harrison near Helena to begin receiving wildland firefighting training from members of the Montana Department of Natural Resources & Conservation.
They will learn fire suppression, detection, and prevention skills.
Once trained in firefighting techniques, the Guardsmen are scheduled to be dispatched to fires burning in the state.
Captain Elizabeth Hewett, the deployment officer for the 120th Airlift Wing, said “We are proud Montanans and there is no hesitation when we are called to fight fires in our state. No matter the scope of the emergency or situation, the 120th Airlift Wing will be there to execute the mission we are called upon to do.”
We do not yet know which fires the Airmen will be assigned to.