Aviation

The red and white 970TH helicopter sits momentarily idle on an outcropping overlooking a valley.
The 970TH helicopter touches down on an outcropping above a river valley.

NPS photo/C. Havener

For Alaska National Park Service Wildland Fire Management, the helicopter is equal to a vehicle in the Lower 48. It is our primary means of transportation. The fire program uses two helicopters to monitor fires, protect and preserve sensitive sites, and assist with search and rescues and hunting patrol operations. In times of need, it is shared with federal and state partners.

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NPS Fire and Aviation Management, Aviation
Health and Safety, Planning and Policy, Aircraft Pilot Positions, Terms and Definitions

Alaska Fire Service, Statewide Aviation
Flight Planning, Aircraft Procurement, Safety, Interagency Aviation Training, Airspace

National Interagency Fire Center, Aviation
Blue Ribbon Panel, Contracting, Helicopters, Agency Links, Reference Materials and Guides, Smokejumper Aircraft Screening and Evaluation Board

Last updated: December 20, 2018