The Fire Department already owns three Firehawk helicopters. Photo via Wikimedia/Alan Wilson

The Fire Department already owns three Firehawk helicopters. Photo via Wikimedia/Alan Wilson

Los Angeles County has authorized the purchase of two firefighting helicopters for approximately $29.43 million. The Fire Department is expected to receive two Sikorsky S70i Firehawk helicopters in December and should be operational by the 2018 fire season, according to the county.

The two aircraft will be customized to include a 1,000-gallon water tank, custom landing gear, rescue hoist, and other specialized systems.

Currently the county has eight other firefighting aircraft. The new helicopters will be additions to the fleet rather than replacements, The Signal reported.

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