Aviation Soldiers, local first responders conduct simulated Blackhawk crash

Story by Capt. Stephen Martin, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs

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Kentucky Guardsmen of the Army Aviation Support Facility and Frankfort Fire and Emergency Medical Service react to the 2011 annual aviation pre-accident exercise at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Sept. 28. (photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Oliver, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Soldiers from the Kentucky National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility tested their annual aviation pre-accident plan¬† in Frankfort, Ky., Sept. 27.

“This exercise is so important for us to get right,” said Chief Warrant Officer 2 Tyler Johnson, Army Aviation Support Facility safety officer. “When we pulled the trigger, we had our Soldiers as well as all the emergency personnel in Frankfort respond in record time, which is the ultimate goal — take care of our crews as fast as we can.”

The flight facility simulated a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter make an emergency landing on the grounds of Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort and had local law enforcement and emergency responders respond to the 911 call.

Frankfort Firefighter Jon Lawson administers medical treatment to Kentucky Guardsman Sgt. Devin Gregory, Bravo Company 2 Battalion 147th Aviation Regiment, on a stretcher during the 2011 annual aviation pre-accident exercise at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Sept. 28. (photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Oliver, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office)

Frankfort Fire and Emergency Management Services Battalion Chief Kyle Smith oversaw the support from Frankfort’s emergency responders.¬† He was very pleased with the level of coordination between the agencies.

“It’s critical that we do these joint exercises between agencies in order to become proficient in working together,” said Smith. “We’re continuing to build that relationship with the Kentucky National Guard and it was a great experience today.”

Kentucky Guard Aviators simulates aircraft exercise

Frankfort local firefighters carry Kentucky Guardsman Chief Warrant Officer Jason Conley on a stretcher during the 2011 annual aviation pre-accident exercise at Boone National Guard Center in Frankfort, Ky., Sept. 28. (photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Oliver, Kentucky National Guard Public Affairs Office)

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