Billings Flying Service staged at Buchanan Field for the second half of November in support of Contra Costa County Fire and CalFire during Red Flag Warnings.
A Red Flag Warning is the highest alert and is issued for weather events which may result in extreme fire. During heightened fire danger, CalFire will place additional firefighters on duty and keep more equipment on 24 hours a day to be able to respond to any new fires.
Billings Flying Service
utilize both external mounted fire buckets and belly tanks to deliver up to 2,600 gallons of water or retardant for fire suppression.
Each aircraft is accompanied with a fuel truck, a service vehicle, and they operate numerous fixed-wing in support of their helicopter operations.