Legislation to be introduced in Colorado would provide 4 firefighting helicopters and an air tanker

A Colorado state senator will be introducing legislation that would provide $9 million for four helicopters and an air tanker to suppress wildfires. A bill approved last year created the Colorado Firefighting Air Corps (CFAC) but failed to appropriate any funds to run the agency or acquire any aviation assets.

The legislation specifies that a contract be issued for one Type 1 air tanker or a very large air tanker and four helicopters.

(The rest of the story, including the permanent acquisition of four air tankers, is on Wildfire Today.)

4 thoughts on “Legislation to be introduced in Colorado would provide 4 firefighting helicopters and an air tanker”

    1. Jerome,

      Getting the aircraft is a good start but Colorado will first have to form a state organization that could be named ColFire.

      1. Getting aerial assets in the State is a good move. Getting aircraft that the State will own and operate is a recipe for disaster.
        When politicians start running the show for wildland fire suppression we are all in trouble.
        If Sen. King pulls this rabbit out of his hat watch the budget grow from 9-12 million to somewhere near 20-30 million minimum.
        The thought of a fleet of LAT’s run by the State is not a new concept but the planning and logistics are a huge undertaking that the politicians need to have a better understanding of before throwing taxpayers funds into the pool.

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