Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Heliport welcomed two new Sikorsky S70i Blackhawk helicopters on Aug.4. They are set to be put into service for the peak of wildfire season, officials said via the Los Angeles County Fire Department’s Facebook page.
Back in 2017, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved nearly $30 million to purchase the two new Blackhawk multi-mission helicopters. Since 2018 when the helicopters were purchased, they have been in Colorado being modified to be able to perform all the different missions these helicopters are tasked to handle, according to officials.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department now has a total of 10 helicopters, five Sikorsky Blackhawk helicopters equipped with a hoist, advanced medical equipment, and a 1,000-gallon water tank which could be filled by drafting water from bodies of water such as lakes, reservoirs or ponds by use of a snorkel.