Tokoyo FD to establish helicopter unit for fighting high-rise fires

(Last Updated On: July 2, 2015)

The Tokyo Fire Department will launch a helicopter-based unit called Air Hyper Rescue to battle fires in high-rise buildings, the Japan Times reported on June 29,2015.

From Aviation Today:

[T]he Air Hyper Rescue unit would be established by April 2016, and would use a helicopter with a 660-gallon water tank and water cannons capable of discharging approximately 160 gallons per minute horizontally. The helicopter also would be capable of carrying a 10-person rescue gondola.

When I first started reading about this I assumed they would be using an Erickson Air-Crane which has already been developed and can carry about four times as much water.

These videos show the Erickson concept.

Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to @jetcitystar.