Response Resources: Aviation, Ground and Technical Support

 

 Multi Mission Aircraft (MMA)
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Click here to access the Multi-Mission Aircraft (MMA) Request Form 

  • 2 State-owned, contractor-operated, fixed-wing aircraft, based at Centennial Airport.

  • The MMA are used to detect new fires when they are small, and provide near real-time intelligence and mapping on established fires.  

  • Each MMA is staffed with 2 DFPC firefighters who operate the technology and communicate with incidents.

  • The aircraft are available 365 days per year.

  • The MMA can be almost anywhere in the State within 45 minutes of launch.

Large Air Tankers (LAT)

Large Air Tanker flying over the Oil Springs Fire
  • DFPC has an Exclusive Use (EU) contract for 1 LAT, for 110 days per year.

  • The LAT is capable of delivering up to 3,000 gallons of fire retardant or suppressant.  

  • The LAT is based at the Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield, but can be moved to other LAT Bases based on fire potential and activity. 

  • DFPC has additional Call-When-Needed (CWN) LAT contracts.

 Single Engine Air Tanker (SEATs)

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  • DFPC has Exclusive Use (EU) contracts for 2 high-performance SEATs, each for 240 days per year.

  • The SEATS are capable of delivering up to 800 gallons of fire retardant, suppressant, or foam.

  • Aircraft are based at the Northern Colorado Regional Airport, but can be moved to other SEAT Bases depending on fire potential and activity. 

  • DFPC also has Call-When-Needed (CWN) contracts for additional SEAT and Scooper aircraft.

 Modules

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  • DFPC has 5 Modules, each with 7 to 10 Firefighters that support local jurisdictions with initial and extended attack fires across the State on a year-round basis.

  • A Module can combine with other DFPC Modules or partner with local agency personnel to form a traditional 20-person handcrew.

  • Modules assist with planning and implementation of prescribed fire and fuels treatment projects, and wildfire training.

  • Modules may also assist local jurisdictions with search and rescue and other incident types based on training and qualifications.

  • Modules are currently based in Black Hawk, Colorado Springs, Dolores, Steamboat Springs, and Windsor.

 Engines

Wildland Fire Type 3 Fire Engine

 Type II Helicopters and Helitack

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  • DFPC has Exclusive Use (EU) contracts for 2 high-performance, standard category Type II Helicopters, each for 230 days per year.

  • Both Helicopters have Helitack crews staffed by DFPC firefighters.

  • The Helicopters support wildfire operations through the delivery of water, suppressants, personnel, and supplies.

  • The Helicopters can assist with non-fire missions and projects when requested and available, such as Search and Rescue or delivery of personnel and equipment into remote locations.  

  • Both Helicopters will be hoist capable starting in 2022.

  • 1 Helicopter is qualified and capable of extending day operations into the nighttime on fires that meet certain criteria and have high values at risk.

  • The Helicopters are based in Canon City and Montrose, but can be moved to other locations based on fire potential and activity. 

 Type I Helicopters

 

  • DFPC currently has an Exclusive Use (EU) contract for 1 restricted category Type I Helicopter, for 110 days per year. 

  • A restricted category Helicopter supports wildfire operations through the delivery of water, suppressants, and supplies.  It does not have a Helitack crew assigned to it. 

  • DFPC expects delivery of a new State-owned Firehawk Helicopter in late calendar year 2022 or early 2023, which will be available 365 days per year. We expect the Firehawk to be delivered and operational for 2023