Most of Cal Fire’s aircraft were purchased from the Department of Defense.
Maximum speed: 280 mph Cal Fire uses these for aerial command and control of aircraft on wildfires. The crew consists of a pilot in the front and an air attack supervisor in the back. Pilots for Cal Fire cannot fly more than seven hours in a day.
Maximum speed: 270 mph. Gallons carried: 1,200 By 2005, all of Cal Fire’s air tanker fleet had been converted to S-2Ts. The tankers are used for fast initial attack drops of fire retardant. They are flown by a single pilot who must often fly in steep canyons and strong winds and just hundreds of feet off the ground.
UH-1H Super Huey
Maximum speed: 126 mph. Gallons carried: 360 All Cal Fire helicopters are flown by Cal Fire pilots, while air tankers and air tactical aircraft are flown by contract pilots. Helicopters can be used for medical evacuations, backfiring operations, infrared mapping of incidents and numerous nonfire emergency missions.