Contact: Tony Bell, Communications Deputy
Office: (213) 974-5555 Cell: (213) 215-5176
August 10, 2010 For Immediate Release
LOS ANGELES COUNTY – To enhance rapid initial air attacks on wildfires in Los Angeles County, the Fire Department has renewed their lease for an S-64E Helitanker from Erickson Air-Crane, announced Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich.
With a 2,500 gallon tank that can drop water, retardant, or foam mix, the Erickson Air-Crane S-64E Helitanker is one the world’s most versatile and powerful, aerial fire suppression tools. A ram scoop hydrofoil allows the Helitanker to refill from fresh water and sea water sources in less than 45 seconds. A flexible hose snorkel features a high pressure impeller and can draw water from any water source 18 inches or deeper as fast as 45 seconds.
The Helitanker will begin operations on Monday, August 16, 2010, out of the Department’s Van Nuys Airport Tanker Base. This is the third year of a Board approved five-year lease agreement for the seasonal use of the Helitanker.