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In an effort to upgrade its firefighting abilities, the Orange County Fire Authority will replace two 55-year-old helicopters with a new pair of state-of-the-art choppers, the department said Thursday.
The OCFA has been fighting flames with just two helicopters since 2020, when it had to ground its two 1966 UH-1H “Super Hueys” due to the skyrocketing costs of operating the aging aircraft, the authority said.
But Thursday the authority announced it had approved the replacement of the “Super Hueys” with two brand new Sikorsky S70M Firehawks.
“The two new Sikorsky S70M FIREHAWKS that will replace the 55-year-old Hueys are already a staple in the fire service as all of our surrounding peer agencies — from Santa [Barbara] and Ventura to LA and San Diego — have had these state-of-the-art, multi-mission helicopters in their respective fleets for years,” the authority said in a tweet.
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