Police helicopters from Glendale and Burbank will swarm around Brand Park in Glendale today as part of a brush fire containment drill, officials said.
The training exercise, from 10 a.m. to noon, is meant to familiarize the pilots with the firefighting process, said Glendale Fire Battalion Chief Dave Starr. The pilots will practice evacuation and rescue procedures, he said.
The Glendale and Burbank police departments--whose personnel and aircraft are employed to help fight fires--will each provide two helicopters and a total of 10 personnel. They will practice flying over a fire scene, airlifting equipment to fire crews and rescuing a firefighter pretending to be injured, said Starr, who oversees training operations.
Twenty Glendale firefighters will participate in the exercise.