State officials said Wednesday firefighters form the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection will assist in fires raging in Montana.
A 20-person fire crew will be departing early tomorrow from DEEP Eastern District Headquarters in Marlborough to assist the U.S. Forest Service in fighting wild fires in Montana.
Thirteen crew members will arrive in Marlborough starting at 2:45 a.m. for a 4 a.m. departure to the airport. Five crew members will arrive in Marlborough starting at 8 a.m. for a 9 a.m. departure to the airport. The remaining two crew members are departing at various times during the day
The crew, consisting of 12 DEEP staff and eight private-sector firefighters, will be deployed for up to two weeks.
The crew will be working the West Garceau fire, fifteen miles west of Polson, MT. The crew will be mobilizing tomorrow morning and will then be transported to Bradley International Airport in Windsor Lock for departure. In June, a state fire crew assisted crews battling fires in Virginia.
Connecticut maintains this firefighting capability to participate in a reciprocal aid program operated by the U.S. Forest Service. Under this program, trained personnel from other parts of the nation are available to assist Connecticut in the event of a fire emergency in return for the support of Connecticut personnel when needed.
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