Castilla y León approves new €1.8M heliport for firefighting ops

Castilla y León approves new €1.8M heliport for firefighting ops

7-Nov-2022 Source: Junta de Castilla y León

[electronic translation] The Governing Council today approved the contracting of works for the construction of a helicopter base for fighting forest fires called El Oterico, located in the smaller local entity of Oterico, in the municipality of Riello (León), with a budget of 1,585,511 euros. It is an action financed by the European Union through the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism, Next Generation-EU.

The purpose of the heliport is to be able to provide aerial work and forest firefighting services, as well as serve as a base for the helicopters and their brigades that operate for Castilla y León and neighboring communities. It is also planned to use the facilities for fire engines and for other land means.

The new base will consist of a heliport restricted to the landing and takeoff of helicopters dedicated to the service of aerial work and fighting forest fires, equipment and associated operational requirements, main and auxiliary parking platforms, as well as the necessary buildings and elements. . It has been designed for the permanent parking of one helicopter and up to a maximum capacity of eight. In addition to the heliport and auxiliary structures, a multi-service building will be built on the same base.

This new fire base will improve the operational capacity of the province and the Community, and with it the protection of ecosystems, desertification, biodiversity and the fight against climate change.

The fight against forest fires continues to be a priority for the Ministry of the Environment, Housing and Territory Planning and to deal with this problem it is necessary to build facilities for the use of aerial means, adapted to the new aeronautical regulations, which allow have enough space and facilities for personnel and aerial means, whose main task will be to provide the forest firefighting service by transporting specialized helicopter crews and launching water.

There are currently 23 operational bases, five of them in the province of León. All of them must comply with the strictest aeronautical safety and occupational risk prevention regulations, in order to adapt to the new requirements of the State Aviation Safety Agency (AESA).

The planned budget for the construction of this helicopter base in Oterico, León, is 1,585,511 euros, an action financed by the European Union through the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism, Next Generation-EU.

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