New Firehawks ready for fire season

Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

  • Sgt. Tim Lohman, left, and Sheriff Bill Ayub of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and Assistant Chief Chad Cook of the Ventura County Fire Department look at the department’s new Firehawk helicopters during a news conference at the Ventura County Aviation Unit at the Camarillo Airport on May 21. The two Firehawks can carry 1,000 gallons of water in a belly tank, up to 11 wildland firefighters with gear and has the latest in avionics and mapping systems installed.

  • Sgt. Tim Lohman, left, and Sheriff Bill Ayub of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office look at the Ventura County Fire Department’s new Firehawk helicopters during a news conference at the Ventura County Aviation Unit at the Camarillo Airport on May 21. The two Firehawks can carry 1,000 gallons of water in a belly tank, up to 11 wildland firefighters with gear and has the latest in avionics and mapping systems installed.

  • The new Firehawk helicopters can seat 11 wildland firefighters with their gear using seats that fold up for storage.

  • Ventura County Fire Department’s new Firehawk helicopter performs a demonstration flight for the media during a news conference at the Ventura County Aviation Unit at the Camarillo Airport on May 21. The two Firehawks can carry 1,000 gallons of water in a belly tank, up to 11 wildland firefighters with gear and has the latest in avionics and mapping systems installed.

  • Capt. Mel Lovo, left, of the Ventura County Fire Department shows Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen the features in the cabin of the new Firehawk helicopter during a news conference at the Ventura County Aviation Unit at the Camarillo Airport on May 21. The two Firehawks can carry 1,000 gallons of water in a belly tank, up to 11 wildland firefighters with gear and has the latest in avionics and mapping systems installed.

  • Firefighters look over the new Firehawk helicopter during a news conference at the Ventura County Aviation Unit at the Camarillo Airport on May 21. The two Firehawks can carry 1,000 gallons of water in a belly tank, up to 11 wildland firefighters with gear and has the latest in avionics and mapping systems installed.