HELICOPTERS
Helicopters are an integral and invaluable part of wildland firefighting campaigns today. Varying in size, speed, and payload capacity, rotor-winged aircraft provide ground personnel a wide range of options during fireline operations. They can transport crews and supplies internally, or carry heavy loads by 'slingload' cargo nets. They are ideal agents of initial attack, delivering rappellers without landing. Their ability to land in small helispots greatly increases the safety and effectiveness of ground troops. Helicopters also shuttle large amounts of water from remote sources to the firelines in large buckets or 'belly tanks'. They are also utilized in reconnaissance and aerial firing operations. To view these machines at work, visit the pages linked below. Use your Browser's BACK button to return to this index.
AIR SUPPORT PAGE 8: HELICOPTERS - SKY CRANE
AIR SUPPORT PAGE 9: HELICOPTERS - BUCKET DROPS
AIR SUPPORT PAGE 10: HELICOPTERS - SLING LOADS
AIR SUPPORT PAGE 11: HELICOPTERS - CREW TRANSPORT
AIR SUPPORT PAGE 12: HELICOPTERS - EXTRACTION
AIR SUPPORT PAGE 13: HELICOPTER - CRASH LANDING
AIR SUPPORT PAGE 15: HELICOPTER VERSATILITY
SMOKEJUMPERS PAGE 100: TANKERS & HELICOPTERS
SMOKEJUMPERS PAGE 114: HELICOPTER MEDIVAC
SMOKEJUMPERS PAGE 121: HELITORCH OPERATIONS
SMOKERJUMPERS PAGE 135: HELICOPTER SLINGS & DEMOBE
SMOKEJUMPERS PAGE 144: HELITAK SUPPORT
SMOKEJUMPERS PAGE 153: HELICOPTER SHUTTLE
SMOKEJUMPERS PAGE 154: SLINGLOADS
SMOKEJUMPERS PAGE 155: HELICOPTER HOVERS
SMOKEJUMPERS PAGE 156: HELICOPTER DEPARTS
SMOKEJUMPERS PAGE 169: ABOARD HELICOPTER
SMOKEJUMPERS PAGE 180: LIGHT SHIP DEPARTS
SMOKEJUMPERS PAGE 182: CREW & PILOT
SMOKEJUMPERS PAGE 187: BUCKET DROP
SMOKEJUMPERS PAGE 188: HELICOPTER FUEL BLADDER
SMOKEJUMPERS PAGE 192: HELISPOT DEMOBE
SMOKEJUMPERS PAGE 196: RECONN. MISSION
SMOKEJUMPERS PAGE 198: HELICOPTER DEPARTS SUMMIT
SMOKEJUMPERS PAGE 199: HELICOPTER DEPARTS RIDGE
SMOKEJUMPERS PAGE 202: HELICOPTER DEMOBES JUMPERS
SMOKEJUMPERS PAGE 219: ALASKA BUCKET DROPS
SMOKEJUMPERS PAGE 220: ALASKA SLING LOAD
SMOKEJUMPERS PAGE 230: BACKHAUL SLINGLOAD
SMOKEJUMPERS PAGE 232: HELISPOT DEMOBE
SMOKEJUMPERS PAGE 234: INSIDE HELICOPTER
SMOKEJUMPERS PAGE 235: K-MAX DROPS WATER
HOT SHOT CREWS PAGE 3: SKY CRANE
HOT SHOT CREWS PAGE 4: BUCKET DROP & DIGGERS
HOT SHOT CREWS PAGE 8: SKY CRANE DIPS
HOT SHOT CREWS PAGE 23: LINANE & CREW AT HELISPOT
BELL 212 Extracts Crews From Alaska Wildfire
Sky Crane Drops On Sawtooth Fire, 1994
Helispot Load Up, Idaho 2006

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