Local schoolchildren enjoy Earth Day presentations

Edwards schoolchildren approach a Kern County Fire Department UH-1N firefighting and rescue helicopter to learn about the fire department’s role in protecting the local environment. The helicopter was flown in as part of the Earth Day presentations at Bailey Elementary School Friday.

Several base organizations from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., including the 412th Test Wing Environmental Management Office, the 412th Security Forces Squadron and the 412th Civil Engineer Group Fire Protection Branch, coordinated with the off-base community to set up displays and activities for elementary schoolchildren on base April 22.

Edwards schoolchildren listen to a Kern County Fire Department presentation at Bailey Elementary School.

Activities and displays covered a range of environmental subjects such as alternative energy, recycling, archaeology and agriculture.
The Kern County Fire Department was on hand with a UH-1N “Huey” helicopter, which has been modified for firefighting and rescue operations. The helicopter, according to its pilot, was in military service during Vietnam.

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