Douglas County, Colorado signs CWN aircraft contracts

Douglas County, just south of Denver (map), signed contracts three weeks ago with three fire aviation companies. The agreements are Call When Needed (CWN) and will only be activated when the aircraft are specifically needed.

Two of the contracts are for helicopters, with HeliQwest International and Trans Aero Ltd. The other is for the 11,600-gallon DC-10 Very Large Air Tankers operated by 10 Tanker Air Carrier.

Thanks and a tip of  the hat go out to Bean.

4 thoughts on “Douglas County, Colorado signs CWN aircraft contracts”

  1. This probably is a first. A County signing a CWN for large/ VLAT fixed wing air tanker. Certainly a positive approach (before the fact) to help protect the resources and people of Douglas County. Maybe the person who presented this story to Wild Fire Today could go into more detail on the signing. County agency or department who initiated the CWN? Who will administer and make the request for service? Air tanker support (retardant/gel base), the personnel/company/agency who will providing these services? Is the Center of Excellence involved? Like I said probably a first, thumbs-up to Douglas County.

  2. If they are on the County CWN contract, and they are ordered for, and fly on, a federal fire, can the county add a “surcharge” to the costs?

    I wonder how those costs compare to the federal contract CWN price, and the federal Exclusive Use price.

  3. CWN, first come first served? When the logging industry started to slide down hill those companies operating helicopters started looking for other sources of revenue. Using S 64’s with buckets, too expensive? Management wasn’t too hot on the $6900 to $7200 per hour flight rate. Mid 1990’s, CWN, immediate need no hour (s) minimum. Two companies working with CDF then prepositioned S64′ s in several location in the State, no guarantee. It quickly became apparent that a heavy helicopter arriving with a 2000 gallon bucket within thirty minutes of a new breaking evolving fire was cost effective. Location, location was the name of the game. For Douglas County (when fire weather returns) just maybe a DC 10 will be positioned at the closest airport just incase. As the heavy helicopter operators where told “you will always go to the “big ones” initial attack fires will helps pay the bills”

  4. Any bets that if Douglas County uses the VLAT, that they will apply for a Fed FEMA grant to pay the bills …..?

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