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NorCal CalFire Helitack Crew Seriously Injured During Valley Fire

Four firefighters from the CalFire Boggs Mountain Helitack Baase were overrun by fire and suffered serious burns on Monday. All four men are still in the hospital recovering from their injuries. The incident sheds new light on the dangers of wildland firefighting and the effects of dangerous winds and extremely dry brush as a result …

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Ventura County Sheriff “Coppers & Choppers” Event Draws Big Crowds

The Ventura County Sheriffs Foundation hosted the second annual “Coppers & Choppers” at Camarillo Airport on July 18th. Great aerial shot from #CoppersAndChoppers! pic.twitter.com/amtbKkjF1v — VCSheriffsFoundation (@VCSheriffsFdn) July 21, 2015 Coppers & Choppers Fan Page (Facebook) Coppers & Choppers: A Free Event in Camarillo (Camarillo Acorn) Hashtag: #CoppersAndChoppers (Twitter)

Rewards Being Considered To Catch Drone Pilots Who Interfere With Brush Fire Efforts

Government officials are currently looking into ways to reduce the number of drones incidents over brush fires. Proposals including new legislation to make it illegal to fly a drone over an active brush fire, and offering rewards for drone operators who interfered with firefighting efforts. Rewards to catch drone operators who flew above fires may …

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Drone Grounds Firefighting Aircraft Over Fire In Cajon Pass

Aerial firefighting efforts for the North Fire were suspended earlier today when a drone was spotted in the vicinity of the fire near the Cajon Pass. While firefighting operations resumed a short time later, the fire had spread and in the end, numerous passenger vehicles caught fire on the freeway as their owners fled on …

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Drones Interrupt Firefighting Efforts

This month, efforts to contain a wildfire in Southern California were hampered when firefighting aircraft crews spotted a drone operating nearby. Aerial firefighting efforts were immediately suspended while authorities tried to locate the drone and its operator. As regulations regarding drone use are ironed out, we are reminded once again that drone operations require a …

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L.A. County Fire Featured in G.E. Engine Promo Video

This clip, produced by G.E., was designed to be a promotional video for their turbine engines. But for us, it also gave a great insiders view of a typical day in an L.A. County Fire Department Firehawk. Enjoy.

CalFire Aerial Firefighting and Training

The Southern California drought has left the region vulnerable to a devastating fire season. This video goes behind the scenes to see what the CalFire helicopter crews are doing to prepare. CalFire Aerial Firefighting and Training (Rotorcraft Pro Media Network/YouTube)

L.A. County Fire Helicopter Makes Unplanned Appearance During Malibu Wedding

We caught this story online and thought it was worth sharing. Check out how a Bell 412 from L.A. County Fire ended up making a surprise appearance at a beachfront wedding in Malibu. L.A. County Fire Helicopter Appearance During Malibu Wedding (Mirror) Helicopter Interrupts Beach Wedding, Rescued Climber Apologizes to Newlyweds (ABC7 Chicago)