Helicopter-based firefighter crews, called "helitack," play a uniquely diverse role in supporting park operations.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks have some of the steepest terrain found in North America. Because of this, the parks use an A Star (AS) 350 B3 helicopter to support fire as well as search and rescue missions. It is considered a high-altitude, high-performance aircraft.
The parks' Helitack crew is proficient in short haul, aerial firing, single skid, toe-in, and hover step exit/entry procedures.
For more information about working on our helitack crew, contact us.
NWCG Type 3 Helicopter Length: 42.45 feet (in service)
Height: 11 feet (in service)
Passengers: 5 Engine: Turbomeca Arriel 2 turbine engine Take-off Power: 847 shp (shaft horsepower)
Weight Empty: 2,736 pounds Standard Fuel Tank: 143 gallons
Water Bucket Capacity:144 gallons and 210 gallons
Cargo capacity extended with external cargo basket.