Aerial Firefighting Services
Emergency helicopter solutions when you need them.
When a fire strikes there is very little time to respond, especially in the case of woodland or brush fires. With the help of FairLifts you can have an aerial firefighting solution deployed to your location within a few short hours and ready to start suppression.
FairLifts works with firefighting helicopter operators all over the world to assist in the control and extinguishing of fires. All helitankers we schedule are equipped with customized suppression systems and are piloted by well trained and often, experienced pilots or firefighters. We provide help for individuals, companies as well as local and federal government agencies in the fight against the spread of wildfires.
During air attacks, water or retardant is applied to the fire line to control the blaze, or in some cases extinguish it completely. The benefit that aerial firefighting with helicopters provides is that the helicopter can hover above the blaze, drop and return for more water within just a few minutes giving precise and swift assistance. Some of the aircraft we dispatch have microprocessor-controlled doors which function based on the area to be covered and the current wind conditions while others are manually operated by a professional aerial firefighter.
Fires in need of control lines established can also be taken care of by calling FairLifts. We can schedule heavy-lift helicopters to either clear areas or drop retardant over firelines, survey an area using optical or infrared technology to map the lines and more.
What matters most though, is that when you are in need, you can contact FairLifts and our team of trusted agents can have an operator on the way quickly which can mean the difference in saving lives and vegetation. Simply call, let us know what you need and where and a professional aerial firefighter will be on the way. In working within the emergency helicopter industry, we have gained the knowledge needed to turn the actions you require into a response.
Response times are pivotal in the effect fires can have. Trust an expert with the safety of citizens and in limiting the environmental impact.
Aerial Firefighting Services By FairLifts.
In emergency situations, versatility and response time are key. With one phone call to FairLifts, we can provide a vast arrangement of services for your immediate need. Including any emergency helicopter services such as relocation of individuals, rescue, and recovery we can provide scheduling of:
- The establishment of control or firelines - either by way of extracting fuel sources or dropping retardant in the line, please note for fireproofing: large amounts of fuel must be available before aerial spotting and crowning
- The creation of firebreaks - In remote or rugged areas where a fireline cannot be established
- Firefighting personnel transport - Either to a fire site to land or for smokejumpers
- Infrared detection - During night fires, airborne optical and thermal remote sensing can show graphically where the fire is and the area affected
- Suppression - Using water or retardants including Fire-Tol and Phos-Chek
- Controlled ignition - Either for the purpose of creating lanes or for clearing, using either DAID or Helitorch systems
- Delivery of hydroseed to restart vegetation - Hydroseeding is especially effective on irregular terrain and can also prevent erosion
- Helicopter lifts for downed trees or other debris - Including long line operations as well as the heavy lifting of objects after settling has taken place
- In preparation for the fire season, fire lanes can also be constructed as well.
Helicopters Used In Aerial Firefighting
Some specialty aircraft typically referred to as firefighting helicopters or helitankers, are simply customized to hold water or foam and are equipped with pumps and sprayers in order to suppress and extinguish fires. Some simply carry buckets depending on the size of the blaze area. Buckets can be filled in any open water source and the usual buckets used are called “Bambi buckets”.
Tanks on these aircraft can typically hold up to 2,650 gallons of water and can have foam injection capabilities as well. Hover pumps or ran hydrofoil snorkels can also be added to the aircraft to allow for shallow water intake with either fresh or saltwater. General siphon times vary but can be as fast as just a few seconds. In rural areas, helitankers can be filled by skimming the surface of the open water to decrease fill time from not having to fly back to a base or pump. Some firefighting helicopters FairLifts works with include but are not limited to:
Boeing CH-47 “Chinook”
The CH-47 Chinook has a cruise speed of 137 mph, a gallon capacity of 2,000/bucket. The civilian version of the Chinook is the Boeing Vertol 234.
Boeing CH-46 “Sea Knight”
The Sea Knight has a cruise speed of 140 mph, a gallon capacity of 224/bucket and the Boeing Vertol 107 is its civilian version.
MD Helicopters MD 500
The MD 500 model is easily maneuvered and used for a variety of aerial firefighting solutions including aerial reconnaissance of burn radius, aerial ignition, and wildland fire suppression.
Bell Helicopters 212
The Bell 212 and it's brother, the LongRanger, are popular aircraft that are quickly mobilized. These light and fast options are being used more and more in firefighting operations.
Sikorsky S-64 “Skycrane”
Erickson Air-Crane purchased the manufacturing rights to the S-64 in 1992 and modified it to carry a 2,650-gallon tank that can be filled by a draft hose in under one minute.
FairLifts: Aerial Firefighting Pilots and Crew
We work with trusted helicopter pilots and facilitators who have been USFS approved for firefighting, long line vertical reference and aerial ignition (both Premo and heli-torch) and work with entities such as the USDA Forest Service as well as many others. The safety record of our partners is outstanding. The pilots, ground crew, and operators we work with will partner hand in hand with local fire departments, smoke jumpers and rappellers to fight fires or in an emergency in which we dispatch them to.