DEC forest rangers get helicopter bucket training at Mohawk River

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Some of the most highly trained firefighters in the country are right here in New York, and this week, some of them got even better.

Seven DEC forest rangers took part in helicopter bucket training along the Mohawk River Friday morning.

The bucket carries about 240 gallons of water.

During a wildfire, the helicopter dips the bucket down, picks up the water and then dumps it onto the fire.

The size of the fire determines how many trips they have to make.

This was done in partnership with the New York State Police, who not only help during wildfires, but with some rescues as well.