Multiple first-responder units in Pasco County agencies took part in specialized training exercises this month.

Aviation, Maritime Operations and Agricultural units, among others within the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, participated in aerial firefighting training to prevent the spread of brush fires. According to the Sheriff’s Office, the training focused on using a “Bambi bucket” attached to the department’s rescue helicopter. Pilots lower the helicopter over a body of water to fill the container and then transport it to the scene of a wildfire, helping to extinguish the blaze from above.

Participating sheriff’s office pilots and members trained in different scenarios, including tree-lined areas, small concentrated areas and extinguishing small structure fires such as sheds.

Earlier in the month, Pasco County Fire Rescue and Tampa Fire Rescue teamed up with the American Victory Ship in Tampa to participate in confined-space training.

Read more on this story at Suncoast News