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.
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The Helitanker will begin operations on Monday 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.