March 30, 2012
The 2012 DCNR Bureau of Forestry Air Operations and Safety Briefing was held Friday morning at the Somerset County Airport. A highlight of the gathering for DCNR personnel and area emergency responders was a demonstration of forest firefighting techniques by one of two western Pennsylvania helitankers. Pilot Owen Jones of Helicopter Applicators in Gettysburg flew a Bell OH-58 helicopter carrying a 100-gallon collapsible bucket. The water was gathered from Lake Somerset and dropped along an airport runway.