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Columbia Helicopters Deploys Fire Fighting Helicopters Across the West PDF  | Print |  E-mail



Press release from Vertical Online on August 3rd, 2009.


S-61's and UH-1's Firefighting In Lebanon PDF  | Print |  E-mail


Rotary wing aerial firefighting aircraft to use the new Fast Buckets manufactured by Absolute Fire Solutions (AFS)...


Kern County, California Gets New Firefighting Helicopter PDF  | Print |  E-mail


Bakersfield ABC News affiliate article...


Fighting Fire, by Air, at Night PDF  | Print |  E-mail


CalFire's deputy chief of fire operations Bill Payne was in San Diego on Tuesday to train local helicopter pilots from the Sheriff's Department. Photo: Sam Hodgson

June 18, 2008 

  Read the article on VoiceofSanDiego.org



L.A. helicopter crews fight darkness and fire PDF  | Print |  E-mail
Firefighters launch a risky aerial assault on a nighttime blaze in Sepulveda Pass.
By Joe Mozingo
October 24, 2008
The dispatcher's voice splintered the stillness of the fire station at Van Nuys Airport at 12:51 a.m. Thursday -- abruptly squelching the pilots' hopes for a night's sleep.

"Reported brush. 405 Freeway south of Skirball."

In less than nine minutes -- at 1 a.m. -- Glenn Smith was circling over the fire in his Bell 206 helicopter, trying to assess the situation.

It looked *** A moderate Santa Ana had funneled south through Sepulveda Pass, driving narrow torrents of flame up draws in the hillside, to a line of town homes on the ridge. His pilots would have to lay siege to that "hot flank" to keep it away from the homes.

Smith, a command pilot for the Los Angeles Fire Department, circled clockwise to look out his right window. He flipped on his Nightsun searchlight to scan for power lines or any other danger hidden in the dark. Nothing.
The full story and photos in the LA TIMES...


Firefighting helicopter flies in the dark PDF  | Print |  E-mail

San Diego Union-Tribune article from Saturday, September 27th, 2008.

A very short article and nighttime firefighting/pilot videos.  

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