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United Rotorcraft to convert VCFD Firehawks

29th August 2018 - 13:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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United Rotorcraft has received a contract from the Ventura County Fire Department (VCFD) to convert two surplus US Army HH-60L aircraft into Firehawk helicopters.

VCFD's two HH-60L aircraft were originally configured as dedicated MEDEVAC helicopters, outfitted with United Rotorcraft medical equipment and patient litter systems.

During reconfiguration, the aircraft will be equipped with an aerial firefighting mission package with extended landing gear, a 1,000 gallon firefighting tank and a retractable snorkel system. A multi-mission interior including reconfigurable crew stations will also be installed to allow the aircraft to perform a variety of missions including firefighting, fire crew transport, SAR and MEDEVAC.

In addition to the mission equipment, upgraded avionics and a new instrument panel will also be installed in the cockpit.

Gary Monday, battalion chief of VCFD, said: ‘VCFD, along with our partners from Ventura County Sheriff’s air unit, has worked hard over the past years to identify the right solution for expanding and modernising our aerial fleet. We are looking forward to seeing the new Firehawk aircraft serving the fire crews and people of Ventura County and the state of California.’

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