An international aviation company used Lampasas Municipal Airport recently to stage a fuel truck and pod while fighting Texas wildfires.
Erickson Inc. -- which works throughout the world and has its headquarters in Portland, Oregon -- has been on a U.S. Forest Service contract for initial attack of wildfires in Texas since July 16. The company has had a base in Brownwood, and it has flown initial attack in Lampasas, Killeen and Plainview. Total flight hours were approximately 40, according to the company.
Erickson also staged recently in Burnet, Mineral Wells, Abilene, Lubbock and Amarillo.
Erickson’s N171AC Sikorsky F Model aircrane that has been working in the area can hold up to 2,500 gallons of water. In addition to snorkel equipment used to fill the aircraft with water for firefighting, the aircrane is equipped with night vision goggles, a foam cannon and a rescue basket.
Erickson aircraft help battle wildland blazes across the United States, as well as in Canada, Greece, Turkey, Australia and Italy, the corporation’s website states.
“Erickson is fighting fires across the Northern Hemisphere, and we continue to work with local municipalities to bring our capabilities to the communities that need us most, ” said Andrew Mills, president of commerical aviation. “We appreciate the hospitality we’ve received in the community of Lampasas.”