Coulson Aviation expands night firefighting operations

Coulson has added a new component to the helicopter night firefighting operations in Orange County, California.

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The UCSD Supercomputer will forecast where the fire direction is predicted to go and identify for fire leadership the risks and hazards for firefighters and communities. Coulson Photo

A 45-foot Prevost Command Center that hosts team members of OCFA, WIFIRE and Coulson will provide the University of California San Diego (UCSD) WIFIRE program real-time fire maps being produced from the S-76 Firewatch helicopter while over the fire.

The UCSD Supercomputer will forecast where the fire direction is predicted to go and identify for fire leadership the risks and hazards for firefighters and communities.

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Utilizing a key integration team member is Intterra whom Coulson, OCFA and WIFIRE will be working with to move the intelligence gathering information to the proper leadership.

“I appreciate and thank Chief Fennessy for the coordination and leadership he has provided to integrate this multi-faceted technology package into building a safer workplace for our firefighters and flight crews while providing greater protection for our communities,” said Wayne Coulson, CEO, Coulson Aviation.

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