Fire Aviation

Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Sikorsky S70I Firehawk being tested Nov. 16, 2019 in Colorado. Photo by Erick Lama for United Rotorcraft.
Another Firehawk helicopter has been delivered to Los Angeles County

In a couple of years the Department expects to have a total of 7 Firehawks…

new Sikorsky S70I has been outfitted as a Firehawk by United Rotorcraft for San Diego Fire-Rescue. Photo by Erick Lama.
San Diego receives new Firehawk helicopter

San Diego Fire-Rescue is adding a Sikorsky S70I to their aerial firefighting fleet. After being…

Air show over the Cave Fire

1:30 p.m. PST November 26, 2019 Mike Eliason of the Santa Barbara County Fire Department…

Coulson purchases five C-130H aircraft from Norway

The aircraft will be converted to air tankers The post Coulson purchases five C-130H aircraft…

Former fire chiefs say more aerial firefighting resources are needed in Australia

Almost two dozen former leaders of emergency services organizations in Australia are recommending that the…

Desiree Horton. Screenshot from ABC video.
ABC News features southern California helicopter pilot

ABC News has a three-minute video report on the only full time firefighting helicopter pilot…

NWCG standards for unmanned aircraft operations

Early this year the National Wildfire Coordinating Group published their standards for operating unmanned aircraft…

Air tanker en route to Australia turns back due to radio problem

A DC-10 has been activated to assist with bushfires in Australia The post Air tanker…

Two additional air tankers added to Australia’s firefighting fleet

Australia is experiencing an unusually high level of bushfire activity The post Two additional air…

New Air-Crane for South Korea being tested prior to delivery

Tim Crippin sent us these photos of a new S-64 Erickson Air-Crane that is being…

S-2 air tanker used on wildfire in Kansas

It is believed to be the first time a large air tanker has been deployed…

Human External Cargo in Alberta

Alberta Wildfire published a series of three tweets showing training for helitack personnel. One of…

Los Angeles County Fire Department Air Operations receives Humanitarian Service Award

Helicopter Association International (HAI) announced November 8 that the Los Angeles County (California) Fire Department…

Alberta shuts down their rappel program and closes 30 fire lookout towers

The reductions will affect 63 firefighters who may be moved to other units. One air…

Former Tesla engineer developing drone with larger payload capacity that could be used on fires

The lead electrical engineer that helped design the Tesla all-electric battery-powered semi-trailer truck is one of the…

Three DC-10s and other air tankers assisted firefighters on the Maria Fire east of Ventura, Calif.

These photos and the text below are from RK SMithley who was the Captain on…

Roundup of fire aviation tweets

A retractable external water tank for a Blackhawk: We are very proud to introduce our…

Numerous firefighting aircraft are working the Maria Fire in southern California

Since the Maria Fire started on South Mountain at 6:15 p.m. October 31 it has…

DOI grounds their entire fleet of drones

More than 800 drones will be parked except when used on fires The post DOI…

Fire Alert cameras grab photos of helicopters attacking Beaumont Fire

The fire burned approximately 11 acres near Redlands, California The post Fire Alert cameras grab…

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