November 5, 2012

New York getting Spokane-area help

courtesy of U.S. Air Force photo

A BPA utility vehicle weighing about 50,000 pounds and stretching about 35 feet is slowly backed into the mouth of at Travis Air Force Base C-5 Galaxy on the flightline at Fairchild AFB, Wash., Nov. 3. The wooden ramp allows the vehicles to enter without the top scraping against the roof of the aircraft. The C-5 departed with 19 BPA employee volunteers and five of their 14 vehicles at about 11 a.m. for Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst. The rest of the vehicles are being flown to the East Coast by two C-17 Globemasters assigned to Joint Base Charleston, S.C. BPA will make their way to Long Island, New York to help restore power that was knocked out by Hurricane Sandy. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Taylor Curry)
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Efforts to restore power in the storm-ravaged New York region are getting a Spokane-area boost.

Several utility crews from the Bonneville Power Administration have been sent to Long Island, N.Y. to assist with efforts to get power restored. The 19 volunteers and five of their 14 trucks were loaded onto a military transport jet Saturday at Fairchild Air Force Base, officials said.

They were flown to an air force base in New Jersey, where they were expected to travel to Long Island.

Fairchild was advised of the relief mission late Friday, and mobilized airmen to prep and load the equipment for the flight.

“Our logistics airmen were running 24-hour operations as soon as we were notified,” Air Force Col. Shawn Teagan, operations group commander for the Fairchild-based 92nd Air Refueling Wing, said in prepared remarks. “The attention to detail they’ve given to this mission has been first class.”

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