A Los Angeles County Fire Department Sikorsky S70i Firehawk helicopter makes a water drop in support of firefighters on the ground. Photo by Douglas Morrison.
At its regular meeting on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors authorized the Internal Services Department to proceed with the acquisition of two Sikorsky S70i Firehawk helicopters for the Department’s Air Operations Section. The anticipated cost of the two helicopters is $29.43 million.
These new helicopters will enhance the Department’s fleet of multi-mission aircraft by providing upgraded operational capabilities to meet current and future mission requirements. Scheduled for delivery in December 2017, the two aircraft will be customized to include a 1,000-gallon water tank, custom landing gear, rescue hoist, and other specialized systems. Both helicopters are anticipated to be operational by the 2018 fire season.