FILE PHOTO: Each Super Scooper can carry up to 1,620 gallons of water.
by Nicole Mooradian
The pair of Bombardier CL-415 air tankers—commonly referred to as Super Scoopers—will remain in Los Angeles County through Nov. 30, thanks to a 25-day contract extension.
The initial contract for the Canadian aircraft, which arrived from Quebec on Aug. 8, is 90 days; however, Fire Chief Daryl Osby has the authority to extend the contract as needed. Without the contract extension, the Super Scoopers would have ended their commitment Nov. 5.
So far this year, the Super Scoopers have been dispatched on 70 runs.
For more than 20 years, the Los Angeles County Fire Department has leased a pair of CL-415s from the Quebec government to augment the Fire Department’s existing fleet of eight helicopters. Each Super Scooper can fill its tank with 1,620 gallons of water in about 12 seconds.