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Thursday, August 30, 2012

LACoFD: 2 "Super Scooper” firefighting aircraft added to wildfire toolbox

 Bombardier CL-415 Super Scooper

L.A. County Fire Department Announces Arrival of two ‘Super Scooper’ Water-Dropping Aircraft to Van Nuys Airport.

Two water-dropping Bombardier CL-415 “Super Scooper” firefighting aircraft, on lease to the Los Angeles County Fire Department from the Canadian Provence of Quebec, arrived today, August 30, 2012, at Van Nuys Airport. Aircraft crews will conduct preparation and familiarization checks over the next two days prior to the start of their 120-day contract on September 1, 2012.

An official press conference and “media day” will be held at Van Nuys Airport on September 4, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. The press conference will be attended by Board of Supervisors Chairman Zev Yaroslavsky of the Third District, Los Angeles County Fifth District Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, and Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby, each of whom will speak with the media. Fire Department representatives will also explain the firefighting roles that all of the Department’s aircraft will play during this year’s fire season. A demonstration of all four L.A. County Fire Department’s firefighting aircrafts’ capabilities to fight wildland fires will take place immediately following the press conference.

A media advisory covering all aspects of the September 4, 2012, contract air press conference and media day will be released in the coming days.

Location: Van Nuys Airport (VNY), 16461 Sherman Way, San Fernando Valley, CA 91406, USA
Contact: LACoFD Public Affairs (323) 881-2413

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