Douglas County, Colorado has awarded a contract for the exclusive use of a helicopter to assist wildland firefighters. The 153-day Trans Aero Helicopter contract, according to the county, is the single largest aerial firefighting investment by a local government in the state.
The helicopter arrived in Douglas County, which is just south of Denver, on Wednesday, June 1, and will be stationed in the northwest part of the county until October 31, 2022.
County Emergency Management Office (OEM) staff received training in general helicopter safety, aircraft orientation, loading and unloading of passengers and equipment, aerial communications, operational deployment of firefighters and water drops.
In a press release, the OEM said, “Wildfire air support redundancy allows the county to execute a ‘tough, heavy, and fast’ response to wildfires and protect residents and their property. .”
A photo provided by the OEM showed a Huey, a Bell 205A, N205TA, manufactured in 1974 registered to Roberts Aircraft Company, whose website and phone number are very similar to those of Trans Aero Helicopter.
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