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Jul 24, 2014, 12:26 ET

Aerial Firefighters Respond To Early Season Pacific Northwest Fires

The aerial firefighting industry has deployed a significant number of aircraft and support personnel to the Pacific Northwest, as wildland fires...

Jul 17, 2014, 08:14 ET

Private Aerial Firefighters Boost State Assets In Record California Fire Season

In what has already been declared a record year for wild land fires in California, private operators of air tankers and helicopters have provided...

Jun 17, 2014, 08:08 ET

2014 Wildfire Season MAP (Mandatory Availability Period) Preparedness

Operational readiness of firefighting aircraft during mandatory availability periods (MAPs) is assured, annually, thanks to an ongoing focus on...

May 23, 2014, 18:53 ET

More Aerial Assets Converging On Northern Arizona Blaze

More helicopters and fixed wing aircraft are being deployed to battle the Slide Fire in Northern Arizona.  The fire, which has consumed over...

May 19, 2014, 14:48 ET

Aerial Firefighting Industry Lauds Colorado Legislature For Aircraft On Contract Approval

The American Helicopter Services And Aerial Firefighting Association (AHSAFA) applauds the decision by the Colorado Legislature to continue...

May 19, 2014, 07:17 ET

Private Aerial Firefighters Deploying Aircraft To San Diego County Fires

Private operators of fixed wing tankers and helicopters are deploying assets to San Diego County, California, to help fight a series of...

Mar 27, 2014, 17:29 ET

Aerial Firefighters Pressing Colorado Lawmakers To Consider Contracting

At the urging of the privately operated aerial firefighting industry, Colorado State Senator Steve King (R-Grand Junction) has inserted language...

Mar 27, 2014, 11:21 ET

Columbia Helicopters Adding Army Surplus Heavy Lift Helicopters

Columbia Helicopters is expanding its fleet of heavy lift, twin-rotor aircraft with the acquisition of five Boeing CH-47D helicopters, formerly...

Feb 19, 2014, 13:16 ET

Aerial Firefighters In Multi-Step Preparedness Process For Early Fire Season

Aerial firefighting companies have focused on an earlier than normal fire season in the western United States  as the region continues to cope...

Feb 18, 2014, 15:56 ET

Small Aerial Firefighter Invests Large In Helicopter Upgrades

Aerial firefighting specialist Intermountain Helicopter is putting its only aircraft, a Bell 212 HP, through an estimated $450,000 retrofit...

Jan 21, 2014, 07:30 ET

Aerial Firefighters Deploying Assets Earlier With No Let-Up in California Fires

With a declared drought and record high winter temperatures driving an early fire season in California, operators of fixed wing air tankers and...

Jan 08, 2014, 10:26 ET

Ongoing California Wildfire Season Putting Aerial Firefighters On Extended Alert

With a record-breaking year for low rainfall in California, aerial firefighters are on alert during what has historically been a post-fire season...

Dec 18, 2013, 13:39 ET

Aerial Firefighters Rushing To Contain Late-Season Big Sur Fire

          Aerial firefighters have quickly deployed helicopters to California's scenic Big Sur coastline to contain...

Nov 25, 2013, 16:42 ET

Aerial Firefighting Industry Welcomes Fallen Wildland Firefighters Fair Compensation Act

The American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Association (AHSAFA) announces its support of the Fallen Wildland Firefighters Fair...

Nov 15, 2013, 12:05 ET

Despite A Turbulent 2013, Commercial Aerial Firefighters Cite Progress

On the eve of its 2014 Annual Meeting in Boise, Idaho, on November 20, the American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Association...

Nov 01, 2013, 12:45 ET

Columbia Helicopters Assists Australians With Helicopter Returns From Afghanistan

Columbia Helicopters has been working with the Australian Army on preparations for the return of two CH 47D Chinook helicopters from...

Oct 15, 2013, 17:11 ET

Government Shutdown--No Impact Yet On Aerial Firefighters

Despite the shutdown of the Federal government, amid on-going budget battles in Congress, the privately operated aerial firefighting industry...

Aug 29, 2013, 11:44 ET

Aerial Firefighters Among First Responders To Massive Wildfire Near Yosemite

In support of crews on the ground, privately operated aerial firefighting companies in the western US were among the first to deploy aircraft to...

Aug 19, 2013, 16:10 ET

Multi-State Wildland Fires Stretch Airborne Firefighting Fleets

As wildland fires rage across nine far western States in the Continental US, airtanker and helicopter operators are continuing to support...

Aug 13, 2013, 14:30 ET

Airborne Assets Speeding Containment Of Wildland Fire Near Palm Springs

Rapid response from the aerial firefighting community in the Far West helped to speed containment of one of Southern California's most devastating...

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