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RAVEN OK’d to fly firefighting missions
by Tribune Staff
Jul 11, 2011 | 596 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday that the RAVEN program has received a letter of authorization to fly fire suppression missions on Department of Interior lands.

This letter allows the RAVEN 3 Huey helicopter to drop water on wildland fires on Bureau of Land Management land. The authorization was sought in order to fully take part in the initial attack of wildland fires in our region.

This approval and authorization came after a thorough and rigorous inspection of the helicopter, maintenance program and pilots. The passing of these inspections and the approval to fly in cooperation with federal partners greatly increases the availability of initial attack resources in Washoe County.

This approval, or “carding,” was received in time to assist with what has been predicted to be a busy fire season.

The success of this program is a collaborative effort with local fire partners, including the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District, the Sierra Fire Protection District, the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, the Reno Fire Department and the Washoe County fire suppression coordinator.
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