Helicopters have been heard in the skies over the area.
The low-flying helicopters heard and seen over the Washington, DC, metro area are part of an radiation assessment by the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), the federal agency that maintains the U.S.'s nuclear weapons stockpile. The helicopters began flying over the area to measure naturally occurring radiation, according to the group's website. The flights will continue until Jan. 11 during daylight hours only. Pilots fly at about 80 miles per hour at 150 feet or higher over the 70-square mile radiation assessment area, NNSA officials said. Scientists with NNSA’s Remote Sensing Laboratory (RSL) out of Joint Base Andrews will use remote gamma radiation-sensing instrumentals to carry out the assessments. Naturally-occurring …
Family-friendly event will go on rain or shine.
- POLICE & FIRE
- Ben Gross
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad will open their doors for “Rescue Day 2012" on Saturday, Oct. 6. The annual event is an opportunity for kids (and grown-ups) to tour the station, see up close demonstrations of rescue, medical and firefighting equipment and check out the squad’s 1970s “Cadillac” ambulance. This year, the open house will feature a special visit by a helicopter used in life-threatening medical situations. Visitors will be able to see the helicopter up close, and meet the flight medics. Training for people interested in becoming a firefighter, paramedic or EMT also will be offered. As if that weren’t enough to get your family excited, there also will be free firefighter hats and a moon bounce (for kids only). Since 1937…