$2.36 million chopper bought to fight fires
County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved buying a $2.36 million firefighting helicopter with more water-carrying capacity than the three choppers the county already owns.
The aircraft will be operated by Star Flight and will be used primarily for firefighting. Star Flight’s three other helicopters conduct different types of missions, including medical transport, search and rescue, firefighting and assisting police.
Star Flight manager Casey Ping said the new craft would be up and running by April 1.
The three current helicopters each have a 130-gallon water bucket; the new one would have a 323-gallon capacity, according to seller Northwest Helicopters, LLC.