To ensure the County’s air support readiness during wildfire season, the Board of Douglas County Commissioners approved contracts with four companies during their Feb. 23, 2021 Business Meeting, all of whom may provide aerial support on wildland fires. In March, the Board adopted its 2021 Fire 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. To view the contracts in their entirety click here to access the Feb. 23, 2021 Business Meeting agenda.
Anticipated dry conditions in and around Douglas County, coupled with limited air resource availability in the region for fighting wildland fires, the Trans Aero Helicopter contract was secured providing Douglas County with two 45-day Exclusive Use (EU) periods, as well as options for call-when-needed air support and the ability to extend or create additional EU periods.
The County also entered into contracts with 10 Tanker Air Carrier, LLC, Aero S.E.A.T., HeliQwest International Inc., and Rampart Helicopter Services utilizing “Call When Needed” and “Exclusive Use” service options.