Super Huey Helicopter
Bell Helicopters, Fort Worth, Texas
U.S. Army, 1963 to 1975. The UH-1H was used as a troop and cargo transport and specialized operations.
Acquiried by CAL FIRE
In 1981, CAL FIRE originally acquired 12 helicopters from the Department of Defense. They were heavily modified by CAL FIRE for firefighting use, and went into service in 1989.
CAL FIRE currently has 9 helicopters available state wide, along with two additional helicopters available from CAL FIRE's Aviation Management Unit (AMU) in Sacramento to fill behind scheduled maintenance.
CAL FIRE utilizes the Super Hueys for fast initial-attack on wildland fires. The copters are able to quickly deliver a nine person fire cerew wherever needed, as well as battle fires with water and/or foam drops.
Helicopters are also used for:
- Remote area rescues
- Backfiring operations
- Igniting prescribed burns using heli-torch, "ping-pong ball" machine, or Chemical Ignition Device System (CIDS)
- Cargo Transport (Internal and external loads)
- Re-seeding operations
- Infra-red mapping of incidents
- Non-fre emergency missions
- Air rescue operations
CAL FIRE helicopter crews are trained for "short haul" rescues. A short haul rescue involves a crew ember being lowered from a hovering helicopter to an injured, or trapped person below. Once hooked to a harness or stokes basket, the victim and crew member are then carried a short distance to safety. For more information on short haul rescues, click the link to the right of the page.
One Pilot, two Fire Captains, and eight Firefighters.
Bucket operations - 324 gallons of water/foam.
Fixed tank - 375 gallons of water/foam with pilot controlled drop volumes.
GROSS WEIGHT: 10,500 pounds
CRUISE SPEED: 126 mph
RANGE: 250 miles
ENDURANCE: 2 hours
ROTOR DIAMETER: 48 feet
ENGINES: Turbine Lycoming T-53-703 derated from 1800 horsepower