Event to draw large formation of helicopters to San Fernando Valley today

Los Angeles firefighters advise that a large number of military, fire and police helicopters -- three dozen -- will be flying in formation at times over the San Fernando Valley today.

The aircraft are participating in today's "American Heroes Air Show'' at Hansen Dam Recreation Area, near Lake View Terrace. The city fire department has just issued a statement reassuring residents that there is no cause for alarm, and no local emergency associated with the air operations.

The event will provide a unique opportunity for spectators to see advanced military and civilian helicopters and meet the pilots who use them, said Jim Paules, a spokesperson for the event, which began today at 9 a.m. and concludes at 4 p.m.

The flyover at the Hanson Dam Sports Complex, 11480 Foothill Blvd., is free to the public and will include a "Code 3'' Career Fair featuring teams from law enforcement, public service and the military, Paules said.

There will also be a "First Promise Emergency Preparedness Fair'' designed to inform the community about emergency preparedness resources.

The air show debuted in 1993 at the Santa Monica Airport and now has similar shows throughout the country in Georgia, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Washington and Missouri, he said.