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    Cal Fire San Diego Adds Helicopter Based in Ramona to Region’s Aerial Firefighting Arsenal

    Cal Fire San Diego has leased a firefighting helicopter to operate out of the Ramona airport — outfitted with a contract pilot — to bolster the region’s aerial firefighting capability, officials said.

    The Sikorsky EH1 helicopter, often called a Skycrane, carries up to 2,650 gallons of water. The helicopter became operational Monday.

    It’s the latest addition of aerial firefighting weapons in San Diego County. Earlier this year, the county approved a plan to buy a dual-engine helicopter for the Sheriff’s Department for firefighting, and San Diego Gas & Electric acquired the use of two more choppers for its fleet. The city of San Diego and the U.S. Forest Service also have helicopters used to fight fires.

    Read more on this story at The San Diego Tribune

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