VIDEO: On Wednesday, over a hundred firefighters from throughout central Pa. gathered at Fort Indiantown Gap for emergency training, each one learning about the different military helicopters that fly from the base.
“They’re going through four stations, which include orientation to the CH-47 Shanook, the UH-60 Blackhawk, and UH-72 Lakota," said Aviation Safety Officer Danielle Watkins.
Watkins says this is the first-time local fire departments were brought on base for this kind of training.
“We brought them here to build a relationship, report with them, to talk about the important things to note," said Watkins.
The goal of the program is to get fire crews familiar with these complex military helicopters, so they know what to do in case of an emergency.
“Their goal, obviously, is life-saving measures and wanting to help as much as possible," said Watkins.