PTA troops could used for lava rescues

JOHN BURNETT/Tribune-Herald National Guard personnel work Friday at the emergency operations center set up at Keaukaha Military Camp in Hilo.
JOHN BURNETT/Tribune-Herald National Guard Lt. Col. Shawn Tsuha briefs state Rep. Richard Onishi, left, state Sen. Kai Kahele and state Rep. Joy San Buenaventura on Friday at Keaukaha Military Reservation in Hilo.

It’s possible that approximately 1,400 active-duty troops training at Pohakuloa Training Area on the Big Island could be called upon to help with evacuation efforts in the event of a worst-case scenario during the current state of emergency.