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United States Forest Service
Sawtooth National Forest
The Sawtooth Helitack crew is based at
the Friedman Memorial Airport at Hailey. We are part of the Ketchum
Ranger District but are a Region 4 fire resource and respond to incidents
across the west. We are one of the oldest Helitack crews in the country,
established in 1963.
The crew numbers 10 with half seasonals and half permanent employees.
During the fire season this configuration enables us to allow some crewmembers
to go off-forest or staff a second helicopter while covering our primary
contract helicopter. The crew is experienced in and can be expected
to perform duties across a variety of tasks, including initial attack,
helibase, large fire rehab, and on-forest administrative projects.
Our helicopter is a Bell 206 L-IV that is rappel certified; we have
been a rappel crew since 1997. It is contracted for 100 days during
the summer and we often extend into the fall as conditions warrant.
South Central Idaho Interagency Dispatch Center
213 West F Street
Shoshone, Idaho 83352
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