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HAI Names Recipient of Salute to Excellence Humanitarian Service Award

HAI Names Recipient of Salute to Excellence Humanitarian Service Award

Helicopter Association International (HAI) is pleased to announce that the Los Angeles County (California) Fire Department Air Operations LACOFD Sikorsky S-70 Firehawk helicopter teams are the 2020 recipient of the Salute to Excellence Humanitarian Service Award. The award honors the person or persons who best demonstrate the value of helicopters to the communities in which… Read more »

Source: HAI, 13-Nov-19

Cal Fire to buy up to 12 helicopters

Cal Fire to buy up to 12 helicopters

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (better known as Cal Fire) has issued a solicitation to buy nine helicopters — about three a year for three years, with an option to spring for an even dozen.  See full story

Source: Fire Aviation, 30-Mar-16

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MV-22 proves firefighting capability in Cal Fire exercise

MV-22 proves firefighting capability in Cal Fire exercise

Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 165 supported the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire) in a fire fighting exercise aboard Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base, California, Feb. 11.  The Marines with VMM-165 flew out to Diamond Valley Lake on Hemet-Ryan Air Attack Base in an MV-22B Osprey to perform bucket dips… Read more »

Source: USMC, 15-Feb-16

Columbia Chinook added to Cal Fire fleet

Columbia Chinook added to Cal Fire fleet

CAL FIRE is beefing up their aerial firefighting fleet with a newly stationed “stage one,” or large, chopper at the Chico Municipal Airport. See Full Story

Source: KRCR News, 25-Aug-15

Cal Fire gets new firefighting helicopter

Cal Fire gets new firefighting helicopter

Cal Fire has enlisted a second private helicopter to protect North Bay counties from wildfire, and the aircraft has already been credited with helping contain a fire near Lake Berryessa this weekend. See Full Story

Source: The Reporter News, 01-Jul-15

DynCorp renews Cal Fire support contract

DynCorp renews Cal Fire support contract

DynCorp International (DI) announced today that they have been awarded a contract to continue supporting the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) aviation program helping suppress and control wildfires. Work will be performed at McClellan Park in Sacramento, California, and aircraft are deployed throughout 12 air tactical and 10 helitack bases throughout… Read more »

Source: DynCorp, 17-Apr-15

CalFire helicopter pilot dies on duty of natural causes

CalFire helicopter pilot dies on duty of natural causes

Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today issued the following statement regarding the death of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Pilot Jerold “Jerry” Bonner: “Anne and I were saddened to learn of the death of CAL FIRE Forestry Fire Pilot Jerry Bonner. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and… Read more »

Source: CAL FIRE, 10-Mar-15

03-Jul-12 N499DF Bell UH-1H Willits, US-California

Cal Fire helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing.  No injuries, minor damage

03-Jul-12

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Timken trains up Cal Fire fleet mechanics

Timken trains up Cal Fire fleet mechanics

The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) recently counted on The Timken Company (NYSE: TKR) to provide its fleet mechanics with training to keep the department’s firefighting helicopters ready to perform in high-heat situations. This preventative training is critical to CAL FIRE, which responds to an average of 5,600 wildfires and as many… Read more »

Source: Timken, 31-Oct-11

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CalFire prepares for fire season with annual helicopter rescue training exercise

CalFire prepares for fire season with annual helicopter rescue training exercise

With rain filling out the forecast lately, it might not feel like peak fire season just yet, but CalFire is ready for that first blaze.  This week the “Helitack”  crew finished training with a series of practice exercises at the Rohnerville Air Attack Base.

Source: Times-Standard, 04-Jun-10

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Aerial firefighting exercise unites federal and state agencies

Aerial firefighting exercise unites federal and state agencies

Federal and state fire agencies remain ready to respond after local military and civilian fire personnel completed their third annual aerial firefighting drill at Camp Pendleton, May 13. Approximately 34 emergency service personnel and several aircraft from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Naval Air Station North Island and California’s Department… Read more »

Source: US Marine Corps, 20-May-10

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California Fire Dept Equips Hueys with Engine Cycle Counters from Dart Helicopter Services

Source: Vertical, 11-Jun-09

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: UH-1 of California Department of Forestry & Fire Protection

Source: Airliners.net, 05-Jun-09

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