The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced that a 20 person fire crew will be departing early tomorrow from DEEP Eastern District Headquarters in Marlborough (directions below) to assist the U.S. Forest Service in fighting wild fires in Montana.
The departure schedule is as follows:
- 13 crew members will arrive in Marlborough starting at 2:45 a.m. for a 4 a.m. departure to the airport.
- 5 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 east of Polson, Montana. The crew will be mobilizing tomorrow morning and will then be transported to Bradley International Airport in Windsor Lock for departure. The last time, a state fire crew deployed was in June to Virginia.
DEEP maintains a roster of agency staff members and personnel from local fire departments who have been certified to fight forest or wildfires. Crew members must complete a rigorous training program and participate in an annual renewal course.
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.