Aviation Services for Wildfire Management
The Nevada Division of Forestry (NDF) utilizes two Huey helicopters and an Eagle Conversion helicopter and the associated Helitack staff to assist in wildfire suppression missions. NDF’s aviation assets and staff are based at the Minden-Tahoe Airport, where they are readily available to respond to wildfire suppression needs across the state. The daily Initial Attack crew consists of a Pilot, Helitack Manager, Lead Crewman, and seasonal fire fighters. Crews are comprised of pilots and firefighters who are trained in both helicopter operations and wildland fire fighting tactics. Aircraft maintenance is provided onsite by NDF employees who are FAA licensed A&P/IA technicians.