The L.A. County Fire Department was the first municipal organization to purchase Firehawk helicopters, which supported them throughout the 2017-18 fire season.
“During the catastrophic fires in L.A. County of 2017 and 2018, our firefighters relied heavily on an arsenal of firefighting aircraft, which included the Firehawk helicopter,” said L.A. County Supervisor Kathryn Barger.
It's hard work, but they get it done.Our local fire helicopter crews were honored for their dedication and life-saving efforts for the citizens of Los Angeles County. Sikorsky donated $15,000 to a local paramedic's nonprofit to help firefighters fight cancer.Read more about the honor and donation here: https://signalscv.com/2018/03/sikorsky-honors-fire-department-accomplishments-2017-2018-fire-season/
Posted by Austin Dave on Friday, March 2, 2018
By the end of the 2017-18 record breaking wildfire seasons 1.2 million acres burned, 10,804 structures were destroyed and 46 lives claimed, but ultimately thousands of homes and lives were saved.
“Firehawk enhances our fleet strength and strengthens our aerial firefighting capabilities… ultimately improving our ability to protect the lives and property of our citizens,” said Barger.
In recognition of these achievements, Sikorsky presented the L.A. County Fire Department’s Air Operations with the Winged-S Rescue Award.
The Superior Maintenance award was also bestowed upon the L.A. County Fire Department’s Maintenance Section for their superior performance in maintaining and supporting the Firehawk’s mission.
Thank you @Sikorsky @LockheedMartin for your generous $15K donation to Firefighter Cancer Support Network @FCSNnational today @HELIEXPO pictured President, Dan Schultz, Jeanette Eaton and legendary Sergei Sikorsky words cannot express my gratitude @LACOFD @IAFFNewsDesk #Cancer pic.twitter.com/Ak9Cc3lmBG
— Michael Dubron (@MichaelDubron) February 27, 2018
Sikorsky also presented a $15,000 donation to the Firefighter’s Cancer Support Network, founded by Los Angeles County Firefighter Paramedic Michael Dubron, a survivor of stage IV colon cancer. Dubron recovered and returned to duty founding the FCSN to give firefighters and their families immediate assistance in the case of a cancer diagnosis.
Live with Senior Pilot Tom Short from the Los Angeles County Fire Air Operations crew!
Posted by Sikorsky on Wednesday, February 28, 2018