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"I LOVE the smell of retardant in the morning!"

~ Said Every Incident Commander Ever

There's something magical about watching an air tanker coming in on final, tight on the tail of its lead plane, and suddenly seeing thousands of gallons of glorified dish soap come spewing downwards. Especially when the fire is kicking your ass. Watching the air show arrive makes you feel like you actually have a shot at catching this thing. Every year, federal and state governments contract with the private sector to procure hundreds of aircraft for the fire season. These companies need pilots, mechanics, marketers, accountants - the list goes on. You don't have to swing a tool on the line to have a career in wildland fire. These companies are a great example of that. So if you think working for a company that delivers these awesome machines to the fireline every season, safely and reliably, then you might want to check out the companies below.

Wildland Fire Aviation Company Directory

Company City State Email
Air Tractor Olney Texas airmail@airtractor.com
Columbia Helicopters Portland Oregon info@colheli.com
Construction Helicopters Howell Michigan cturner@constructionhelicopters.com
Erickson Air-Crane Central Point Oregon @ericksonaviation.com
Intermountain Helicopters Sonora California imh@mlode.com
Neptune Aviation Services Missoula Montana dsnyder@neptuneaviation.com
Rogers Helicopters Fresno California info@rogershelicopter.com
Timberline Helicopters Laclede Idaho travis@timberlinehelicopters.com
Helicopter Express Chamblee Georgia info@helicopterexpress.com

Resources

American Helicopter Services & Aerial Firefighting Association 

International Fire Aviation Working Group