Photos by Edith Lai, LACoFD Public Information Office
The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD), in partnership with California Water Service (Cal Water) and the City of Rancho Palos Verdes, commissioned a new HeloPod firefighting dip source and cistern on Tuesday, June 20, 2023.
The new HeloPod is available just in time for the wildfire-prone summer and fall months.
A HeloPod allows a firefighting helicopter to automatically fill up four times faster while hovering than by replenishing its tank by landing.
When every second counts, this time-saving measure can help save and protect lives and homes.
Funded through a Cal Water grant for $38,000, the 7,000-gallon capacity HeloPod is installed and housed at the City of Rancho Palos Verdes’s Civic Center and will benefit and protect communities throughout Southern California.