United Rotorcraft, a division of Air Methods Corporation, announced today the delivery of two HH-60L FIREHAWK® helicopters to Ventura County Air Unit.

Configured by United Rotorcraft this specially designed aircraft touts:

  • 1,000-gallon water tank attached to the belly of the aircraft
  • Extended landing gear to accommodate the tank
  • Retractable snorkel than can refill the tank in less than one minute
  • Fully glass cockpit
  • Custom avionics package
  • Rescue hoist

These HH-60L FIREHAWK® helicopters have been configured to allow fire crews to attack wildfires, transport up to ten fully equipped ground firefighters to the fire line, and have the ability to rescue those in need.

Ventura county has continued to perfect the tactics needed to suffocate wildfires in their early stage when a fire is most vulnerable, while simultaneously working in close coordination with firefighting crews on the ground.

“Wildfire season continues to grow in duration and intensity across Western states, and the FIREHAWK® helicopter has never been more relevant than it is today,” said Larry Alexandre, president of United Rotorcraft. “This aircraft brings unmatched multi-mission capability to Ventura County’s fire fighters in their effort to protect lives and property.”

The aircraft retains its multi-mission capability, allowing aircrew to perform search and rescue missions, medical evacuation, and carry cargo either internally or externally. United Rotorcraft integrated and installed newly upgraded tactical, communication, and navigation systems to specifications based on input from Ventura County Air Unit.

Ventura County Fire Department Division Chief, Gary Monday, concluded, “The addition of our newly modified HH-60L helicopters into the Firehawk community will provide an excellent service to the citizens of Ventura County. The modifications that United Rotorcraft performed were done professionally, and with excellent craftsmanship. We couldn’t be happier with the quality of the work performed by the United Rotorcraft team.”

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