Aerial Firefighting Services

Emergency helicopter solutions when you need them

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Aerial Firefighting Services

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Emergency helicopter solutions when you need them



For aerial firefighting operations and scheduling,
Call FairLifts at 1-800-318-8940 now!

Emergency helicopter solutions when you need them.

With Aerial Firefighting, RESPONSE TIME IS KEY. Whether it's a brush fire on private property or a woodland fire that is spreading through a state park, it only takes a short time for a small fire to grow into an uncontrolled blaze that can travel hundreds of miles, destroying homes and property, and leaving the lives of local residents and firefighters devastated.

At the first sign of a wood or brush fire, call on FairLifts aerial firefighting helicopters to attack the blaze quickly and effectively.

Collaboration and Means of Attack

Every year in the United States, an average of 1.2 million acres of woodland is burned because of wildfires, whether the fires are caused by lightning strikes, controlled burning that "got loose", human negligence, or arson. When wildfires occur, they don't simply take vegetation but destroy homes and businesses that are located in the vicinity, in addition to destroying the habitats and homes of local wildlife.

When you call FairLifts for aerial firefighting service, you can trust in us to send well-trained, licensed helicopter pilots who often have previous, large-scale experience suppressing or controlling wildfires.

Helitankers come equipped with advanced fire suppression systems to allow firefighters to choose customized delivery methods for water or chemical application. Unlike planes that must follow a pre-determined path of delivery, firefighting helicopters have the advantage of being able to hover in spots and adjust delivery strategies as necessary. They can also replenish water and return to the scene quickly.

Some helicopters come equipped with large pump-equipped buckets that can source water from rivers, lakes, and even shallow ponds and streams. They are suspended up to 200-feet below the helicopter, allowing pilots to access tree-lined or restricted-access water sources.

When you need helicopter fighting assistance, our team can deliver the expertise you need quickly, minimizing loss of lives, property and environmental habitats.


FairLifts Firefighting Helicopters available 7 days a week!
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Aerial Firefighting Services By FairLifts

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FairLifts provides versatile and comprehensive firefighting services

These range from logistic assistance to transport and attack. Some of the many services we offer include:
  • Establishing fire control lines or firebreaks: Extracting fuel sources, fireproofing/dropping retardants

  • Surveying fire areas with infrared and optical technology

  • Mapping fire lines

  • Construction of fire lanes to prohibit spreading

  • Clearing downed trees or other debris from wildfires, including longline operations

  • Transporting firefighting personnel and smokejumpers to fire site or nearby land

  • Delivery of hydroseed for vegetation renewal after a fire


Don't Wait for Fire to Strike.
Schedule a FairLifts consultation to create fire lanes to avoid the spread of wildfires.
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Types and Scope of Firefighting Helicopters

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It takes a specialized style of a helicopter for aerial firefighting called a helitanker. This firefighting helicopter is specially designed to carry 2,600 gallons or more of water and often have foam injection tools, pumps and sprayers to extinguish flames. Some helicopters have "Bambi buckets" or hover pumps that can be dipped in a local pond or lake and used for fighting smaller, localized fires.

The most common Firefighting helicopters we utilize include:

Boeing CH-47 “Chinook” - Aerial Firefighting

Boeing CH-47 “Chinook”

The military CH-47 has twin turbine engines and tandem rotors to permit quick lifting and stable power. Besides its ability to lift up to 26,000 lbs, it can also be used for medical evacuation, search and rescue, and debris removal. With a capacity of 2,000 gallons/bucket and a cruise speed of 137 mph, the CH-47 is great for large fires that are in danger of spreading quickly.


Boeing CH-46 “Sea Knight” - Aerial Firefighting

Boeing CH-46 “Sea Knight”

A cruise speed of 155 mph guarantees quick delivery, while the capacity of 224 gallons/bucket provides the best use in smaller, more localized blazes.

MD Helicopters MD 500 - Aerial Firefighting

MD Helicopters MD 500

This smaller helicopter has a cruise speed of 144 mph and a 120-gallon capacity. Easy to maneuver and fast on its feet, this model is often used to survey and evaluate burn radius and strategize suppressant delivery.


Sikorsky S-64 "Skycrane" - Aerial Firefighting

Sikorsky S-64 "Skycrane"

This immense military helicopter can carry 2,650 gallons of liquid and can be filled by a draft hose in under a minute. It is designed to transport heavy loads and can be used for transport and search/rescue.

Bell Helicopters 212 - Aerial Firefighting

Bell Helicopters 212

Along with its brother the LongRanger, these quick and light helicopters can reach a fire site quickly, and the 212 comes equipped with a water bucket to aid in fire suppression. It is commonly used by the U.S. Forest Service for fighting wildfires in remote areas, and it can hold up to nine passengers for transporting teams of firefighters or evacuating residents

Let us provide you with a service quote on your aerial fire prevention needs
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Immediate aerial firefighting operations and solutions

FairLifts Pilots and Crew are USFS approved and regularly work with the USDA Forest Service and other government and professional entities. Effective collaboration with fire departments, rappellers and smoke jumpers give our team of affiliate pilots, operators and ground crew the advantage you need to fight fires in emergency and controlled situations.

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