Firehawk Helicopters




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utility
two
GE turboshafts
2 x 1,890 s.h.p. ea.
64 ft. 10 in.
17 ft. 6 in.
53 ft. 8 in.
11,800 lbs.
22,000 lbs.
180 mph
224 mph
2,250 fpm
14,000 feet
290 miles
12/7/74
1979

Firehawk helicopter

Firehawk Helicopters

Firehawk Helicopters are the water bomber version of the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk. The mid-size utility helicopter has been used as a water bomber, for search and rescue, emergency medical transport, swift water rescue, night operations and firefighter transport.

Firehawk Helicopters have a 1,000 gallon water tank that is capable of being refilled through a retractable snorkel in as little time as a minute.  Its controls permit water bombing in a number of patterns and volumes.

Firehawk Helicopters can hold up to eleven fully equipped firefighters.  The large cabin, with easy access entrances, can be reconfigured without any special tools while in flight for a variety of missions in minutes.  Passenger seats are stowable in its ceiling.  It can hold two primary litters, and has advanced life support capability with a built-in medical panel.

A 9,000 lb. capacity cargo hook can be used to rescue livestock from inaccessible locations. Firehawk Helicopters are also equipped with an external electric rescue hoist to lift residents out of harms way.  Its cabin floor has 17 tie-down rings and is rated at 300 psf.

Firehawk Helicopters have excellent maneuverability to maneuver in and out of canyons where other aircraft dare not go.  They are rated for hot temperature, high altitude performance using wide chord rotor blades.

Firehawk Helicopters incorporate a glass cockpit and flight management system with a four-axis autopilot and automated flight control system.  The helicopter is capable of being operated by a single pilot.

Firehawk Helicopters are deployed in Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, Poland, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

On Dec. 09, 2019 Sikorsky announced deliveries of three new  Firehawk Helicopters to California fire agencies: one each to the City of San Diego, the Dept. of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), and the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD).

CAL FIRE’s newly acquired aircraft is the first of nine Firehawk Helicopters currently on order, with an option for three more. CAL FIRE and San Diego are both first time operators of Firehawk Helicopters.

LACoFD has operated three Firehawk Helicopters since 2001.  Los Angeles County recently ordered two more Firehawk Helicopters, the first of which was delivered on December 9th, with one more on order.

The Ventura California County Fire Department acquired three used UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters in July of 2017 for US$1.7 million each from the U.S. Army auction program. They contracted with Sikorsky's United Rotocraft division for some US$6 million to convert two of the aircraft into Firehawk Helicopters. The remaining helicopter will be used for spare parts. It is anticipated that pilots and crews will be trained and the helicopters will be operational by late summer 2020.

 

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