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PRESS RELEASE: Peterson AFB supports Black Forest firefighting effort

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Base emergency responders are working in support of the DOD's immediate response authority and a memorandum of agreement between Peterson AFB and El Paso County to support firefighting efforts in northeast Colorado Springs to preserve life and property.

Two firefighter support personnel and a 5,000 gallon water tender from the 21st Space Wing are joining the Black Forest firefighting effort.

"We will continue to respond to the community as requested through our mutual aid agreements," said Col. Chris Crawford, commander of the 21st Space Wing. "As fellow members of this community, we understand the need for a unified effort from all agencies involved in this response."

Nine Fire and Emergency Service members with red card certifications from Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station have also joined firefighting efforts in the affected region.

Red Card is a certification required for fire response personnel to fight wildland fires.

"These Airmen are specially trained and ready to respond to this kind of incident." said Col. Joe Turk, installation commander of Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station.

Peterson AFB and Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station remain prepared to assist firefighting efforts and provide support to the affected community to the fullest extent possible.

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