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Douglas County Prepares for Wildfire Season

Commissioners approve contracts for aerial support and adopt the 2019 Annual Operating Plan

Aerial support for wildland fires - helicopter taking off with a bucket of water


“This time of year, we especially understand the importance of having every precaution in place to protect our communities should a wildfire occur,” said County Commissioner and Vice Chair Roger Partridge. “That includes securing as much wildland fire air support as possible, allowing us to immediately respond to any wildland fire in the County.”

The Board of Douglas County Commissioners approved contracts with four companies during their March 26 Business Meeting, all of whom may provide aerial support on wildland fires. The Board also adopted its Annual Operating Plan — which sets forth roles and responsibilities for the County, the State, and the U.S. Forest Service during a wildfire response in Douglas County.

The following call-when-needed air support contracts, each for up to $100,000 in aerial support services, are good for a period of 12 months:  Heliqwest International, Inc.; Aero S.E.A.T. Inc.; Rampart Helicopter Services, LLC; and 10 Tanker Air Carrier, LLC.

“Due to the strong possibility of dry conditions in and around Douglas County, coupled with the limited air resource availability in the region for fighting wildland fires, it is imperative that we have every resource possible available to us,” said the County’s Director of Emergency Management Tim Johnson.

To view the contracts in their entirety click here to access the March 26 business meeting agenda.

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