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Erickson S-64 Aircrane returns to Chile

19th December 2017 - 10:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Erickson supply a firefighting S-64 Aircrane to Ecocopter in Chile’s Bío Bío region, the company announced on 12 December.

The S-64 Aircrane helitanker will provide firefighting services for wood and forestry company ARAUCO.

The S-64 helitanker is equipped with a 10,000 litre tank capable of snorkelling fresh or salt water to support fire authorities in both the initial attack of fast moving fires and advanced structure protection. The helitanker has internal foam mixing capabilities and provides water or retardant dispensation. The aircraft can also be configured with water cannon for high rise and structure protection.

The aircraft not only supports ground firefighters in the wildland urban interface, but is also capable of dipping for water in areas a fixed wing aircraft cannot. It is also able to come in slower and lower for precision placement of the water on and around residential properties and structures.

Armando Weinberger, commercial manager of Ecocopter, said: ‘Having the presence of [the S-64] in Chile, at the beginning of the fire season, showcases how the forestry industry is taking anticipated measures to prevent it from repeating the natural events that occurred during the previous season.’

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