Our region is leading the way on training helicopter pilots to fight fires at night.  There are costs and hazards involved but the move could also help firefighters get the most threatening blazes under control more quickly.

The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control has trained two pilots so far this year to fly over fire sites with night vision goggles. They work with a ground team that helps guide them. 

Vince Welbaum, Aviation Chief for the fire agency, said “we’re basically ready to activate in an operational mode when that opportunity arises.”

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