Airstrike Firefighters Signs Agreement with Colorado State Fire Agency
Critical fleet of large firefighting P-3 airtankers returns to national service.
ANCHORAGE—Airstrike Firefighters, LLC, headquartered in Anchorage, announced an agreement with the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) to provide large airtanker fire suppression support services to their State and those it supports.
“We are thrilled to have re-certified and redeployed these superior aircraft on this critical mission,” Bill Douglass, President and CEO of Airstrike said. “Our Nations’ capacity to respond to large fires is at an all-time low while demand continues to surge. The P-3 is an outstanding plane for wild fire suppression in the most challenging locations, and our teams are eager to put it back to work.”
“This Colorado contract is the first step in forging a long-term partnership with the goal of providing capable, efficient and cost-effective aerial firefighting resources that will save property and lives in Colorado and the Nation,” added Scott Schorzman, Vice President of Airstrike Firefighters.
“The Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control (DFPC) signed a call when needed agreement with Airstrike Firefighters to provide large airtanker services for wildland fire suppression. The agreement will allow the State of Colorado to access Airstrike’s P-3 firefighting airtankers to help combat wildfire in the State.” Wild fires have been a tremendous problem for all Western states.
“By signing this agreement, the State of Colorado has ensured that additional suppression resources could be available during times when there is an opportunity to do so,” Vince Welbaum, Aviation Unit Chief for the State of Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control said. “This new agreement ensures that we could have the appropriate suppression resources available to protect the citizens of the State of Colorado for years to come.”
“The P-3 Orion is a proven aerial asset that can operate efficiently in our high-altitude and high-temperature conditions.
“DFPC considers the P-3 the closest thing to a purpose-built airtanker for aerial firefighting available in the industry today."
“The design of the aircraft, including four engine turbo-props with the ability to safely fly low and slow, carry full loads of retardant and ample fuel are distinct features that the State of Colorado requires to be effective for wildland firefighting,” said Welbaum. “We are excited to include the Airstrike P-3 in our arsenal of resources when large dangerous wildfires threaten life and property in the State.”
“We are excited about our new partnership with the State of Colorado, ”Schorzman said. Our P-3’s are proven performers in Colorado’s challenging environment, and we are committed to responding to the State’s needs quickly and efficiently. In addition, as more P-3 firefighting airtankers come online, we will make them available to the State of Colorado and other State and Federal agencies, as they need them.“
Airstrike is headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska with flight operations out of Sacramento, California. The company has 25 employees refurbishing a fleet of seven P-3 firefighting airtankers for use on State and Federal contracts. Airstrike is FAA Certified for Part 137 and 145 operations.