|Known as a Very Large Air Tanker or (VLAT ) 10 Tanker can be on scene within 24 hours of notice anywhere in the world.|
Equivalent fire suppression gallonage of 4 C-130 MAFF′s.
Rick Hatton, President of 10 Tanker Air Carrier, the company that operates the two DC-10 air tankers, confirmed today that it will come on duty tomorrow, May 4. He said most likely the one they will use will be Tanker 910 on the way back from scheduled maintenance in Michigan.
Neither CAL FIRE nor the U.S. Forest Service have exclusive use contracts for the DC-10s, so they operate on a call-when-needed basis, which results in a slower activation, higher per day costs, and less assurance that they will be available.
The USFS call-when-needed and exclusive use contracts for Very Large and Large air tankers all expired on December 31, 2012, but some were extended for a few months.