Board of Supervisors To Consider Funds For Firefighting Helicopter

Supervisor Roberts’ proposal pays for ‘Incredible Hulk’ chopper’s additional 
flight time

Media Release 
Oct. 19, 2009 

SAN DIEGO – On Tuesday morning, Oct. 20, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors will consider a proposal from Supervisor Ron Roberts to fund up to 20 hours of additional flying time this fire season.

When San Diego Gas & Electric generously agreed Oct. 8 to pay the cost of leasing and staffing a S64E Helitanker for use by the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department during the 2009 wildfire season, the funding covered two hours of flight time per fire incident. Left unanswered was what happens after two hours?

Under the proposal from Supervisor Roberts, the cost of flying the Helitanker beyond two hours per incident would be covered by the county regardless of where the fire was being fought in the 4,200 square mile region. Where appropriate, and after the fact, the county would seek reimbursement from state and federal sources. The charge for operating the Incredible Hulk is a deeply discounted $7,500 per hour.

WHAT: San Diego County Board of Supervisors Meeting A discussion and vote on funding for firefighting helicopter

WHO: Board of Supervisors Supervisor Ron Roberts proposed this plan.

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009 9 a.m.

WHERE: Board Chambers, Room 310 1600 Pacific Highway, Third Floor