Sikorsky Firehawk®

High winds, smoke, night skies.

FIREHAWK® – we fly when and where others can’t.

Photo Credit: Bernard Deyo

Born a BLACK HAWK® helicopter, the Sikorsky FIREHAWK® aircraft relies on its proven military design to endure the unrelenting physical stresses demanded of the aerial firefighting and utility missions.

Since 2000, the County of Los Angeles Fire Department has proven the operational performance of its S-70A™ FIREHAWK® helicopters, saving untold lives and properties as part of a highly effective air and ground wildland fire attack team.

Now, a new generation S-70i™ FIREHAWK® helicopter brings enhanced capability and flight safety to its high-payload role: extra power margin when dropping water or inserting firefighters at the fire line; 4 g maneuverability when fully loaded; a stronger airframe; and greater water drop control.

A true multi-mission aircraft, the FIREHAWK helicopter can be quickly reconfigured in flight for search and rescue, hoist rescues and medical transport, even with its 1,000-gallon (3,785 L) external water tank still attached.

In 2019, the State of California’s Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), LA County and the City of San Diego Fire-Rescue Department all added the S-70i FIREHAWK aircraft to their firefighting fleets.

"At hundreds of brush fires and medical rescues, the Sikorsky FIREHAWK® has proven to simply be the best all-in-one aerial firefighting weapon.” ~ Los Angeles County Fire Department Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby

Multi-Mission Capabilities

Firefighter Transport

Firefighter Transport

Insert up to 11 wildland firefighters and their gear at the edge of the fire line.
Precision Water Drop

Precision Water Drop

Siphon, carry and release up to 8,000 pounds of water (1,000 gallons) in the aircraft’s belly tank. Drop water with high accuracy to dampen flames and help your ground firefighters advance.
Search And Rescue

Search And Rescue

Hoist residents to safety in a Stokes basket or rescue strop. Use the cargo hook to rescue livestock from otherwise inaccessible locations, such as remote canyons.
Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Relief

Humanitarian Assistance, Disaster Relief

Carry 4,080 kg/9,000 lbs. of supplies as internal pallets or as an external sling load via the cargo hook.
Emergency Medical Transport

Emergency Medical Transport

Give critical first responder patient care in the medically equipped cabin.

S-70i™ FIREHAWK® Helicopter Walkaround

Cabin Configurations

Search and Rescue


Firefighter Transport

*Additional seating options available

Troop Seats

*Additional seating options available

FIREHAWK® Helicopter: When Minutes Matter

A Reliable Helicopter For Your Most Demanding Wildfire Threats

When courageous men and women put themselves at risk to save property, homes and lives, they require nothing but the best. The FIREHAWK® Helicopter provides just that – minimizing time spent in transport between water and fuel sources, and maximizing time spent at the fire. This aircraft’s game-changing capabilities push the boundaries of aerial firefighting and help operators ensure they bring people home – everywhere, every time.


Additional Information

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