SDG&E BRINGS BACK AIR CRANE FOR FIRE SEASON

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Photos by Billy Ortiz

September 11, 2013 (San Diego) -- San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has renewed agreements with the County and City of San Diego and firefighting agencies to make a heavy-lift air-crane available to support fire suppression efforts during fire season again this year.

With the Erickson Air-Crane back in San Diego and ready for action, any fire agency with legal responsibility and authority to suppress wildland fires may request support of the helitanker to respond to a fire incident.  The 70-foot-long air-crane can be dispatched by San Diego Fire-Rescue Department to a fire in 20 minutes with as much as 1,000 gallons of water at takeoff and can release up to 2,500 gallons in a single water drop.

The sky crane, also capable of hoisting heavy loads, was originally used locally for construction of the Sunrise Powerlink.