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Mayor Michael D. Antonovich announced that the Los Angeles County Fire Department has secured the early arrival of two CL-415 SuperScoopers fire-fighting aircraft leased from the government of Quebec. The SuperScoopers will arrive for service in Los Angeles County on August 15th.
SuperScoopers are a fixed-wing aircraft that can carry up to 1,620 gallons of water and takes only 12 seconds to scoop water from a lake and inject it with fire-resistant foam – a combination up to 3 times more effective than water alone. They can be airborne in as little as five minutes and fly three hours before refueling.
In addition, an Erickson Aircrane Type I Helitanker was also leased for the 2015 fire season. Capable of delivering 2,200 gallons per drop, it will be also placed into service on August 15th.