3rd BCT supports firefight effort

| August 26, 2010 | 0 Comments

Staff Sgt. Amber Robinson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

Soldiers of 3rd BSB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, help firefighters fill their water trucks from a large Army water tanker, provided by 3rd BSB, to help firefighters fight a fire on the Big Island of Hawaii. The blaze began Sunday morning. (Capt. Steven Nachowicz | 3rd Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, supplied firefighters on the Big Island of Hawaii with three Army water tankers to help them fight a large brush fire that started Sunday.

The Tropic Lightning warriors have been at Pohakuloa Training Area throughout the month of August, completing a large-scale combat training mission to prepare for their upcoming deployment to Afghanistan, next spring. The blaze broke out on the morning when most of the brigade’s training was winding down.

“We initially heard reports that there was a big fire across the highway, in the vicinity of Training Area 2,” said Maj. Charles Kean, fire support officer, 3rd BCT. “By noon, the fire had grown significantly. 

“After talking with the PTA Fire Department scene commander, the brigade mobilized three of our (Army water tankers) and positioned them (closer) to the site (of the blaze),” Kean continued. “This reduced the transit time for fire tankers, as they refilled with water in their efforts to contain the fire.”

The majority of military support has been provided by 325th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd BCT.  

A fire truck and an Army water tanker, supplied by 3rd BSB, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, move toward a large fire that started on the Big Island of Hawaii Sunday morning. Soldiers of 3rd BCT have worked with firefighters 24 hours a day since the blaze began to help provide the logostics needed to contain the blaze. (Capt. Steven Nachowicz | 3rd Brigade Support Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)“Most of the Soldiers worked 36 hours straight before a rotation plan was established,” said Lt. Col. Joseph Morrow, commander, 3rd BSB, 3rd BCT. “The Soldiers have been great. They played a critical, logistical role in containing the blaze.”

In all, Soldiers from 3rd BCT have provided more than 40,000 gallons of water and more than 400 meals to all those who are fighting the blaze.

“Since the blaze began, we have provided chow for the (85) firefighters, wrecker support for the fire department and power companies, and limited medical support through our aid station,” Kean said. “Our efforts also extended beyond the firefighters to include the Marine helicopter crews that came on station. Our support operations have been going on 24 hours since the blaze began.”

Category: News, U.S. Army Garrison-Pohakuloa (USAG-Pohakuloa)

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