Supervisors enhance firefighting helicopter resources


Last updated 5/5/2022 at 3:53pm

An example of a twin-engine helicopter, LA County Fire Dept. 412 sits atop a helipad in the mountains in the Angeles National Forest. The Board of Supervisors has voted to buy a Bell 412 EPX helicopter for its aerial fire fighting ability. Village News/Courtesy photo

Joe Naiman

Village News Reporter

Two 5-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors votes April 26 are expected to improve the county's aerial firefighting ability.

One vote approved the acquisition of a twin-engine helicopter. The other approved motion involves a Memorandum of Understanding with San Diego Gas & Electric for utilization of SDG&E helicopters.

"I'm really excited to see this come forward," said Board of Supervisors chair Nathan Fletcher.

"I'm so glad we're doing all of this stuff now before fire season," said Supervisor Jim Desmond. "We should be well-positioned to suppr...

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