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March 06, 2007
Guard to launch UH-60 to support rescue operations
 
The Oregon Army National Guard will launch two UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters at 9 a.m. today to assist with the continuing search and rescue effort near Crescent Lake Airport.

The UH-60s will carry full crews of four personnel each: pilot, co-pilot, flight engineer, and a medic. The crews will assist with rescue operations in rough terrain and continue to search for additional passengers.

The ORARNG launched an OH-58 Kiowa helicopter the night of March 5, and the crew was able to find two people using FLIR - forward looking infrared radar. FLIR uses heat signatures to distinguish hot or warm objects from cooler surroundings.

Both the OH-58 and the UH-60s are based out of the Army Aviation Support Facility in Salem. Every year the Oregon National Guard assists with dozens of search and rescue missions, enhancing the capabilities of first responders in a crisis or emergency situation.

The Klamath County Sheriff's office is the lead agency for this search and rescue operation. The effort is coordinated at the state level by the Office of Emergency Management, and support to the first responders is provided by the Oregon National Guard and other state agencies as needed.

OH-58 Fact Sheet (from the US Army's "Army Fact File"): http://www.army.mil/fact_files_site/kiowa/index.html
 
UH-60 Fact Sheet (from the US Army's "Army Fact File"): http://www.army.mil/fact_files_site/blackhawk/index.html
 
 
Contact Info:
 
Capt. Mike Braibish:
office 503-584-3886 
cell 503-932-5805