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County leases 'SuperScoopers' aircraft for fire season

Posted: June 29, 2010 2:36 p.m.
Updated: June 30, 2010 10:00 a.m.
 

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has renewed a contract to lease two CL-415 "SuperScooper" fire-fighting aircraft from the government of Quebec, Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich said Monday.

"To ensure that we are prepared for fire season, these vital aircraft have been requested to supplement our Fire Department's water-dropping helicopters," Antonovich said.

According to Antonovich, SuperScoopers are fixed-wing aircraft that can carry up to 1,620 gallons of water each and take only 12 seconds to scoop water from a lake and inject it with fire-resistant foam --- a combination up to three times more effective than water alone.

The aircraft can be airborne in as little as five minutes and fly three hours before refueling.

The SuperScoopers are expected to arrive on Wednesday, Sept. 1, and will be in service until Nov. 30.

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