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PG&E adds heavy-lift helicopters for wildfire safety programme

2nd August 2018 - 07:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has secured two Sikorsky UH-60 medium-lift helicopters as a part of its Community Wildfire Safety Programme, the company announced on 25 July.  

The new aircraft has been secured through an exclusive use agreement with PJ Helicopters. PG&E is also planning to add two more helicopters in 2019.

The primary purpose of the new helicopters is to help PG&E in day-to-day operations in remote and hard to reach places across its 70,000-square mile service area. In addition to supporting utility work, PG&E will also use the new Sikorsky UH-60 fleet for first responder use, if needed and requested, during wildfire events.

The company launched its Community Wildfire Safety Programme in March 2018 and has added new helicopters as additional precautionary measures to reduce the risk of wildfires.

Barry Anderson, vice president of Wildfire Resiliency and Emergency Management, PG&E, said: ‘We want to be sure we are doing all we can to protect the state's energy infrastructure and keep our customers safe given the increased extreme weather we're seeing across California. These new helicopters will help support critical utility work and will be available to aid with wildfire safety efforts, if requested.’

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