Letters to the Editor

FIRES: Use JBLM's extinguishing resources

As a retired CH-47 Army Chinook pilot, it’ hard for me to understand why these massive helicopters are setting on the tarmac at Joint Base Lewis-McChord while the state is burning.

Due to the always present fire danger at the massive JBLM reservation, we always had a water bucket air crew identified to respond quickly to the fire. We were very successful in preventing these wildfires from spreading by attacking them while they were still in their infancy.

I realize certain procedures and protocol must be followed by the state to activate these resources. But wouldn’t it make sense to have these choppers airborne putting out fires prior to them becoming catastrophic as they are now? I’m sure the Army airmen would welcome the opportunity to participate in these realistic “training missions.”

Phil L. Asay