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Oregon National Guard Soldiers, Airmen complete firefighting refresher training (Photo) - 08/15/17

SALEM, Oregon (August 15, 2017) -- More than 100 Oregon National Guard Soldiers and Airmen completed refresher firefighting training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in Salem, Oregon, on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. The Guard was activated by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to assist Oregon Department of Forestry with firefighting efforts in southern Oregon.

The group, comprised of Citizen-Airmen and Citizen-Soldiers from Oregon Air and Army National Guard units across the state, are scheduled to deploy to the High Cascade Complex in southern Oregon on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy, which spans more than 235 acres in Salem, Oregon. The academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. DPSST implements minimum standards established by the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training for recruitment and training of city, county and state police, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, emergency telecommunicators and private security providers. DPSST conducts public safety training throughout Oregon and at the central academy in Salem; certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and inspects and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the board.

The Oregon National Guard has an ongoing agreement with the Oregon Department of Forestry known as Operation Plan Smokey, which stipulates the details of how Oregon National Guard members will be utilized to assist in annual firefighting efforts. This agreement is reviewed annually by leadership of both agencies.

PHOTOS:
170815-Z-OT568-001: Maj. Gen. Michael Stencel, The Adjutant General, Oregon, addresses Oregon Army and Air National Guard members at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem, Oregon, August 15, 2017, as they complete firefighting refresher training. More than 100 Oregon National Guardsmen are being deployed to support the High Cascade Complex Fire near Crater Lake, Oregon. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170815-Z-OT568-003: Command Sgt. Maj. Robert Foesch, Command Senior Enlisted Leader for the Oregon National Guard, addresses Soldiers and Airmen at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem, Oregon, August 15, 2017, as they complete firefighting refresher training. More than 100 Oregon National Guardsmen are being deployed to support the High Cascade Complex Fire near Crater Lake, Oregon. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170815-Z-OT568-008: Oregon National Guard Soldiers and Airmen practice digging fire lines during firefighting refresher training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem, Oregon, August 15, 2017, before deploying to support the High Cascade Complex Fire near Crater Lake, Oregon. The Oregon National Guardsmen already received the 40-hour training course at DPSST when they were called up for wildfire support in the summer of 2015. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170815-Z-CH590-003: Oregon National Guard Soldiers and Airmen hike their way uphill to a training area at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training academy, in Salem, Oregon, August 15, 2017, during a day of firefighting refresher training, as they prepare to deploy to support the High Cascade Complex Fire near Crater Lake, Oregon. (Photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon National Guard)

170815-Z-CH590-006: Oregon National Guard Soldiers and Airmen conduct refresher training on how to use an emergency fire shelter at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training academy, in Salem, Oregon, August 15, 2017. More than 100 Oregon National Guardsmen are being deployed to support the High Cascade Complex Fire near Crater Lake, Oregon. (Photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon National Guard)

170815-Z-CH590-018: Oregon Air National Guard Chief Master Sgt. Larry Keller (left), and Lt. Col. Martin Balakas, observe Soldiers and Airmen training together at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem, Oregon, August 15, 2017. They will lead more than 100 Oregon National Guardsmen as they deploy to support the High Cascade Complex Fire near Crater Lake, Oregon. (Photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon National Guard)

170815-Z-CH590-019: A fire instructor with the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training explains how to conduct wildfire mop-up operations to Oregon National Guard Soldiers and Airmen during firefighting refresher training at the DPSST academy, in Salem, Oregon, August 15, 2017. More than 100 Oregon National Guardsmen are being deployed to support the High Cascade Complex Fire near Crater Lake, Oregon. (Photo by Master Sgt. John Hughel, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Oregon National Guard)

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Oregon National Guard Soldiers, Airmen scheduled to complete fire training, deploy to fire base (Photo) - 08/14/17

SALEM, Oregon (August 14, 2017) -- More than 100 Oregon National Guard members, activated by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to assist with ongoing firefighting efforts in southern Oregon, are scheduled to complete their refresher firefighting training at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST), in Salem, Oregon on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

The group, comprised of Citizen-Airmen and Citizen-Soldiers from Oregon Air and Army National Guard units across the state are scheduled to deploy to the High Cascade Complex in southern Oregon on Wednesday, August 16, 2017.

The media is invited to view their field training on Tuesday, August 15 at 3:00 p.m., at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, located at 4190 Aumsville Highway, Salem, Oregon 97317.

The Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) operates the Oregon Public Safety Academy, which spans more than 235 acres in Salem, Oregon. The academy is nationally recognized for its innovative training programs and active stakeholder involvement. DPSST implements minimum standards established by the Board on Public Safety Standards and Training for recruitment and training of city, county and state police, corrections officers, parole and probation officers, fire service personnel, emergency telecommunicators and private security providers. DPSST conducts public safety training throughout Oregon and at the central academy in Salem; certifies qualified officers at various levels from basic through executive; certifies qualified instructors; and inspects and accredits training programs throughout the state based on standards established by the board.

The Oregon National Guard has an ongoing agreement with the Oregon Department of Forestry known as Operation Plan Smokey, which stipulates the details of how Oregon National Guard members will be utilized to assist in annual firefighting efforts. This agreement is reviewed annually by leadership of both agencies.

For more information on Oregon Department of Forestry Fire prevention seek: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Fire/pages/FirePrevention.aspx, or contact Mr. Ken Armstrong, at 503-945-7420.

For more information on their training, or to visit the DPSST, contact Mr. Eriks Gabliks, Director of the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training, at 503-378-2332.

For more information on the Oregon National Guard's participation in this year's wildfire fighting efforts, contact Capt. Heather Bashor, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs, at 503-779-9889.

PHOTOS:
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Oregon National Guardsmen arrive at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) in Salem, Oregon, Monday, August 14, 2017, to attend the refresher firefighter course. More than 100 Airmen and Soldiers will attend the course before deploying to the High Cascade Complex in southern Oregon to assist Oregon Department of Forestry with firefighting efforts. (Photo by Capt. Heather Bashor, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Soldiers from Oregon National Guard units throughout the state arrive and unpack their gear at the Department of Public Safety Standards and Training (DPSST) for firefighter training. More than 100 Airmen and Soldiers are set to attend the course before deploying to the High Cascade Complex in southern Oregon to assist Oregon Department of Forestry with firefighting efforts. (Photo by Capt. Heather Bashor, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

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Oregon Army National Guard assists wildfire suppression efforts (Video) (Photo) - 08/08/17

SALEM, Oregon - The Oregon Army National Guard continues to support the Oregon Department of Forestry with firefighting efforts at the Whitewater Fire in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area east of Detroit, Oregon.

Approximately 25 Oregon National Guard personnel and two CH-47 Chinook helicopters (equipped with nearly 2,000-gallon capacity water buckets), with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, based in Pendleton, Oregon, are assisting with wildfire suppression efforts. The Oregon National Guard was requested to assist following Governor Kate Brown's declaration of a state of emergency.

VIDEO: https://youtu.be/pYfvGYyZY7E
VIDEO DESCRIPTION: An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter drops nearly 2,000 gallons of water using a Bambi Bucket onto the Whitewater Fire in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area on August 7, 2017. (Video by Capt. Leslie Reed, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

PHOTO CAPTIONS:
170805-Z-NJ272-003: Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Ryan Dowell, a crew chief with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, connects wiring for a Bambi Bucket valve through a hatch opening inside a CH-47 Chinook helicopter in support of firefighting efforts at the Whitewater Fire at a helibase near the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area on August 5, 2017. Dowell operated the valve beneath the bucket which allows for a quick fill and precise dump pattern while supporting ground crews. (Photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

170805-Z-NJ272-004: An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter, with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, dips a 2,000-gallon capacity Bambi Bucket into the water during firefighting efforts at the Whitewater Fire in the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area on August 5, 2017. Oregon Governor Kate Brown's state of emergency order on August 2, allowed the Oregon National Guard to deploy requested assets in support of the Oregon Department of Forestry's firefighting efforts. Two Chinook helicopters are currently assigned to the fire. (Photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

170805-Z-NJ272-005: Oregon Army National Guard Spc. Ryan Dowell, a crew chief with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, monitors a Bambi Bucket through a hatch opening from inside a CH-47 Chinook helicopter over the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area near Central Oregon on August 5, 2017. Dowell operated the valve beneath the bucket which allows for a quick fill and precise dump pattern while supporting the Whitewater Fire's ground crews. (Photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

170805-Z-NJ272-006: Oregon Army National Guard Sgt. Jeremy Maddox, a flight engineer with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, surveys a dip point from a CH-47 Chinook helicopter over the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area on August 5, 2017, near Central Oregon. Oregon National Guardsmen from Pendleton were called into action to support firefighting efforts at the Whitewater Fire following Governor Kate Brown's state of emergency on August 2. The declaration authorizes the Oregon National Guard to deploy requested assets in support of the Oregon Department of Forestry. (Photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

170805-Z-NJ272-007: An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter, with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, carries a 2,000-gallon capacity Bambi Bucket above the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area in support of firefighting efforts at the Whitewater Fire on August 5, 2017. The Oregon National Guard was called upon following Governor Kate Brown's emergency order on August 2. Approximately 25 personnel and two Chinook helicopters are currently assigned to assist Oregon Department of Forestry with the fire. (Photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

170805-Z-NJ272-008: An Oregon Army National Guard CH-47 Chinook helicopter, with 1st Battalion, 168th Aviation Regiment, dumps a 2,000-gallon capacity Bambi Bucket amid smoke over the Mount Jefferson Wilderness Area in support of firefighting efforts at the Whitewater Fire on August 5, 2017. The Oregon National Guard was called upon following Governor Kate Brown's emergency order on August 2. Approximately 25 personnel and two Chinook helicopters are currently assigned to assist Oregon Department of Forestry with the fire. (Photo by Capt. Leslie Reed, Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs)

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Joint training demonstrates military support for local emergency response (Photo) - 07/31/17

NEWPORT, Oregon -- Lincoln County hosted the U.S. Naval Third Fleet, the Oregon Military Department and the Washington Military Department for a Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) training demonstration, July 31, 2017, at Yaquina Bay - South Beach Marina, in Newport, Oregon.

The U.S. Third Fleet, on their way to the Seattle Seafair on August 3rd, stopped outside of Yaquina Bay (Newport, Oregon) and deployed an amphibious landing craft unit (LCU) to navigate into Yaquina Bay and conduct a landing at the South Beach Marina. A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from the U.S. Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay assisted the landing craft with navigating the bay.

The LCU practiced off-loading engineering equipment and reloading emergency vehicles from the City of Newport, Oregon Military Department and the Washington Military Department. The Washington Military Department resources and personnel are traveling onboard the USS Anchorage (LPD-23) to Washington to complete the exercise on August 1st, at the Westport Marina in Grays Harbor, Wash.

The joint training demonstration simulated local city government requesting equipment to remove debris and clear roads following a disaster. Amateur radio was used to relay the request to Lincoln County and then to the state level through the Oregon Office of Emergency Management.

The Oregon National Guard and U.S. Naval Third Fleet simulated providing the needed engineering equipment via maritime transportation. Lincoln County and the Washington National Guard also rehearsed loading their equipment onto the landing craft to simulate moving needed assets throughout multiple disaster locations.

The scenario was inspired by the after action review process following the Cascadia Rising multi-state exercise conducted last year, June 2016. The exercise identified the need to simulate domestic response efforts across all levels of governmental agencies. The demonstration showcased capabilities at all levels of government to order, distribute and receive emergency resources along the Oregon and Washington coastline during a catastrophic disaster response.

Coordinating partners participating in the training demonstration included:
* United States Department of the Navy, Pacific Third Fleet
* Oregon Military Department/Oregon National Guard
* Washington Military Department/Washington National Guard
* Lincoln County Sheriff's Office
* United States Coast Guard, Station Yaquina Bay
* Port of Newport
* City of Newport


170731-Z-OT568-067: The City of Newport Fire Department practices loading an emergency utility vehicle onto a U.S. Navy Landing Craft Utility (LCU) from Assault Craft Unit 1, deployed from the USS Anchorage (LPD-23), based out of San Diego, Calif., during a Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) training demonstration, July 31, 2017, at Yaquina Bay - South Beach Marina, in Newport, Oregon. The joint demonstration rehearsed capabilities from multiple levels of government to coordinate distribution of emergency resources along the Oregon and Washington coastline during a catastrophic Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami situation. Lincoln County hosted the training following lessons learned from the Cascadia Rising multi-state disaster response exercise conducted in June 2016. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170731-Z-OT568-160: Oregon Army National Guard Soldiers, with 224th Engineer Company, based out of Albany, Oregon, practices loading a High Mobility Engineer Excavator (HMEE) onto a U.S. Navy Landing Craft Utility (LCU) from Assault Craft Unit 1, deployed from the USS Anchorage (LPD-23), based out of San Diego, Calif., during a Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) training demonstration, July 31, 2017, at Yaquina Bay - South Beach Marina, in Newport, Oregon. The joint demonstration rehearsed capabilities from multiple levels of government to coordinate distribution of emergency resources along the Oregon and Washington coastline during a catastrophic Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami situation. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170731-Z-OT568-201: Washington Army National Guard Soldiers, with Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 303rd Cavalry Regiment, based out of Vancouver, Wash., practice loading a Field Litter Ambulance (FLA) M997 Highly Mobile Multi-Wheeled Vehicles (HMMWV) onto a U.S. Navy Landing Craft Utility (LCU) from Assault Craft Unit 1, deployed from the USS Anchorage (LPD-23), based out of San Diego, Calif., during a Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) training demonstration, July 31, 2017, at Yaquina Bay - South Beach Marina, in Newport, Oregon. The joint demonstration rehearsed capabilities from multiple levels of government to coordinate distribution of emergency resources along the Oregon and Washington coastline during a catastrophic Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami situation. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170731-Z-OT568-263: Washington Air National Guard Airmen, with 116th Air Support Operations Squadron, based out of Tacoma, Wash., practice loading a High Mobility Multi-purpose Wheeled Vehicle (HMMWV) onto a U.S. Navy Landing Craft Utility (LCU) from Assault Craft Unit 1, deployed from the USS Anchorage (LPD-23), based out of San Diego, Calif., during a Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) training demonstration, July 31, 2017, at Yaquina Bay - South Beach Marina, in Newport, Oregon. The joint demonstration rehearsed capabilities from multiple levels of government to coordinate distribution of emergency resources along the Oregon and Washington coastline during a catastrophic Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami situation. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)

170731-Z-OT568-299: A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat from U.S. Coast Guard Station Yaquina Bay assists U.S. Navy Landing Craft Utility (LCU) from Assault Craft Unit 1, deployed from the USS Anchorage (LPD-23), based out of San Diego, Calif., with navigating the bay during a Defense Support of Civil Authorities (DSCA) training demonstration, July 31, 2017, at Yaquina Bay - South Beach Marina, in Newport, Oregon. The joint demonstration rehearsed capabilities from multiple levels of government to coordinate distribution of emergency resources along the Oregon and Washington coastline during a catastrophic Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami situation. (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class April Davis, Oregon Military Department Public Affairs)