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NY National Guard dispatched to help California fight wildfires

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) - Nine members of the New York National Guard have been dispatched to fight California wildfires.

The governor’s office says members of the 174th Attack Wing will use MQ9 aircraft to track and help battle wildfires that have already burned more than 230,000 acres and destroyed more than 1,000 buildings.

“New Yorkers always help their neighbors in their time of need and I thank the members of 174th Attack Wing for representing the very best of the Empire State spirit as they assist our friends in California,” Gov. Andrew Cuomo said. “As California works day and night to stop these fires, New York is proud to provide reinforcements and the use of advanced technology to help identify where to dispatch firefighting efforts to end this tragic event.”

On December 13, the 174th Attack Wing deployed:

  • Three MQ-9 pilots;
  • Three sensor operators, which are the Airmen responsible for operating the state-of-the-art cameras and other sensor systems; and
  • Three MQ-9 imagery analysts, who will interpret information gathered by the aircraft to identify where firefighters should be dispatched.

The Airmen are due to return to New York on December 22.

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