The United States Forest Service (USFS) co-operates with CAL FIRE, the US Department of Interior agencies Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service and Bureau of Indian Affairs on aerial firefighting contracts. Erickson has been working for the USFS on firefighting contracts since 1995 and is a global leader in aerial firefighting, with current firefighting contracts in the US, Canada, Australia, Greece, Italy, and South Korea.
First Bell 214ST firefighting contract for Erickson
Details of the contracts include:
- Two S-64F Air Crane® helicopters to be based in Fresno, CA and Kitchen Creek, CA
- One Bell 214ST will be based at Lucky Peak, ID – making this is the first Bell 214ST firefighting contract for Erickson
At the end of last year, Erickson won the final FAA certification for composite rotor blades.