CAL FIRE signs deal with New Zealand based Trac Plus and FlightCell International for multiple firefighting aircraft fit outs with their newest technology.
Global tracking service provider TracPlus was selected this week by the State of California to provide full flight tracking and voice communication services across the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection’s (CAL FIRE) airborne firefighting fleet. The contract announcement to supply their latest tech coming just days after a successful appearance at the Airborne Law Enforcement Association show in Reno, Nevada where the company exhibited. The company having a constant stream of interested agencies visiting their booth to discuss their latest new product in the market, providing both cellular and GPS functionality – a first in the industry for the well known tracking provider.
CAL FIRE’s fleet of over 50 aircraft, includes multiple different airframes across both fixed wing and rotary aviation firefighting and spotting aircraft. The fleet features North American-Rockwell OV-10A’s, Bell UH-1Hs, Beechcraft King Air 200’s, and a Grumman S-2T aircraft. Each will be fitted with Flightcell’s DZMx dual-mode tracking and voice devices supported through TracPlus’ full suite of end-to-end services. The investment in new technology allowing CAL FIRE to track its fleet at 15-second intervals over cellular networks, and automatically switch to a slower reporting rate over the Iridium satellite network where necessary. This significant upgrade will also deliver a high level of detailed, real-time fire event data from bucket and tank systems and provide the agency with a desperately needed upgrade that allows for more time sensitive tracking in the field of fire bombing assets.
“We are proud to have been chosen to provide these critical services in support of CAL FIRE’s mission. This contract builds on seven years of real-world experience in supporting airborne firefighting in Australia at state and federal levels. This decision reflects our unshakable commitment to delivering the very best in mission-critical support services to airborne emergency services world-wide.” said TracPlus Global’s Chief Innovation Officer Chris Hinch.
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