Header:  Fire and Aviation Management.  Helitack Crews.  Shasta-trinity helitack practice rappelling from a Bell 205A -   Teton Helitack pilots inside their helicopter observing a fire and Price Valley helitack practice profenciency by rappelling from a Bell 212, Helitack Crews Fire and Aviation Management US Forest Service logo which links to the agency's national site. Contact Us Employment About Us News and Information Fire and Aviation Management Trained & Ready

 

Left to right:  Central Oregon Helitack returning from the southwest fires, crossing a bridge enroute to a fire, Price Valley Helitack practice proficiency by rapelling from a Bell 212, Central Oregon helitack hiking out, Teton Helitackwith their A-Star Helicopter and fuel truck, and a helicopter with a bambi bucketHelitack crews are teams of firefighters who are transported by helicopter to wildfires. Helicopters provide rapid transport, enabling helitack crews to quickly respond and assess a wildfire situation. Helitack crews may land near a wildfire or, if equipped and trained, rappel from a hovering helicopter. Once on the ground, crews build firelines using hand tools, chainsaws, and other firefighting tools. They often remain overnight in remote locations. After they have completed their assignment, crew members may pack up to 120 pounds of equipment over difficult terrain to reach a pick-up point. Rappellers often prepare helispots (helicopter landing zones) that provide better access to a fire. Helicopter crew members may also perform other duties such as tree falling, firing operations, delivering people and equipment, and managing helibases.