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Coulson Aviation Granted $16M Contract with SoCal QRF

Quick Reaction Force Gains Chinook Support for 6th Year Running

Coulson Aviation will station 3 of its Boeing CH-47 Chinook Very Large Helitankers, a Sikorsky S-76 recon helo, and full staff with Southern California Edison in support of their Quick Reaction Force. 

Since their first year contracting, the firm has flown over 700 hours, with 60% of that time logged at night under NVGs. Throughout the missions, they've dropped more than 4.5 million gallons of water on nearly 200 wildfires. The company proudly notes that "every fire Coulson fought with the QRF was successfully extinguished in its initial burn - none have expanded into large campaign fires." Their Chinooks are equipped with their in-house RADS-L delivery system, allowing 3,000 gallons of payload with a 90-second hover fill time.

“One of our standout and high demand capabilities is our night NVG firefighting,” Coulson said. “While NVG firefighting is a high-risk operation, our immersive training, technology-based targeting systems, and superior tanking systems significantly manage the risk and allow us to safely deliver considerable results. Our strong nighttime capabilities are the wildfire battle game changer for the QRF.”

“Coulson Aviation is thrilled to extend our support of the Southern California QRF,” said Britton Coulson, president and chief operating officer of Coulson Aviation. “This contract went through a competitive bid process and Coulson was chosen again because of our high experience level, competitive pricing, and great customer feedback. We look forward to serving Southern California through 2024 and beyond.”



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