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First responders training with helicopters over the weekend

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Local first responders are working with the Army Reserves on ways to respond to emergency situations in the area.

The 7th -158th Reserve Unit out of Texas, California, Washington, Colorado, Alabama and Kansas is in Comanche County this weekend along with 12 different kinds of helicopters to learn how their abilities can help the civilian population in times of crisis.

First responders from the Lawton Fire Department, Lawton Police Department, Comanche County Sheriff’s Department, Fort Sill, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge and multiple volunteer fire departments across the county will work with the helicopter crews and their machines learning how to properly load and unload cargo from the helicopters.The goal is for everyone to learn how to handle situations during disasters that might exceed the resources of the local departments.

Major Timothy Satterthwaite with the US Army Reserves said this training benefits them as well.

"To better understand what they bring to the table, and what we bring to the table and to also understand the limitations to both. So it's important to know your strengths and weaknesses of people you'll be working aside in possible catastrophes," explained Satterthwaite.

Also this weekend they will be learning how to fight wildfires, to rescue people from the tops of buildings, and what to do if the aircraft crashes during an emergency.

The exercise will be going on throughout the weekend in the Lawton area and on Fort Sill.

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