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July 24, 2002
Oregon National Guard firefighting assets utilized as of July 24
 
Salem - The Oregon National Guard has 641 soldiers on state active duty supporting the wildfire emergency. Twenty-six soldiers are manning the 24-hour emergency operations center in Salem.

Medford Complex: 13 soldiers, one CH-47 Chinook helicopter, three HEMMIT tankers, and support equipment.
 
Biscuit Complex: Seven soldiers, one CH-47 Chinook.
 
Timber Rock Fire: Eight soldiers, one UH-60 Firehawk, one HEMMIT tanker, and support equipment.
 
Winter Fire: 283 soldiers, comprised of 10 fire crews and support personnel; two CH-47 Chinooks; three HEMMIT tankers; one 5,000-gallon tanker; and support equipment.
 
Monument Rock Fire: 20 2½-ton trucks, 52 personnel, and support equipment to assist active duty Army troops with ground transportation.
 
Fire fighter training: 129 soldiers from the 1249th Engineer Battalion, headquartered in Salem, continue firefighter training in Bend. They will mobilize to the Winter Fire on Friday, July 26. Training began this morning for 125 soldiers from 2-218th Field Artillery at Jackson Armory in Portland. They will mobilize to the Winter Fire on Saturday, July 27.

 
For more information contact:
 
Maj. Jeff Julum
 (503) 584-3885
(503) 551-8323 Cell