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Oklahoma City Police, Fire Crews Take Part in Helicopter Water Dumping Training for Wildfires

As wildfires ravaged parts of the state over the past week, Oklahoma City police and fire crews are trying to stay prepared with helicopter training. Air One got some work done Wednesday, picking up and dumping water out of what’s called a Bambi Bucket.

The crews of each agency work hand in hand as they practice dumping water on wildfires.

“The more training we get, the better we get, the more sharper our skills,” said Sgt. Brent Shetley. A helicopter pilot for the Oklahoma City Police Department since 1999.

“You know that you can, that you practice enough to be proficient enough to be able to hit the spots you need to hit,” said Maj. Ryan Hill. A crew chief with the Oklahoma City Fire Department.

With the Bambi Bucket in tow, Air One goes from fighting crime to fighting fires. Shetley is one of eight pilots on the force. He goes over any body of water as they would do in a real scenario and fills it up.

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Ryan Mason
Ryan is an accomplished writer and aerial photographer that has worked in the aviation industry for over a decade before co-founding AerialFire Magazine. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Ryan is a former police officer that focuses his writing and photography efforts on para-public operations and agricultural aviation.

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