City of Colorado Springs enters into contract with Global SuperTanker

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The City of Colorado Springs has entered into a “Call When Needed” public contract with the Global SuperTanker.

“Our City and the fire department took the necessary steps to engage in a contract with the Global SuperTanker, a one-of-a-kind firefighting asset, that doesn’t cost our citizens anything, unless we call upon it during a disaster,” said Fire Chief Ted Collas. “We are always looking for ways to ensure the safety of our community while being financially responsible.”

The Global SuperTanker, known as a “Very Large Air Tanker” (VLAT), has the following firefighting capabilities:

  • Capable of delivering up to 20,000 gallons of water and/or retardant on wildfire
  • Flying at 600 mph is capable of eight segmented drops of its pay load
  • Qualified to fly on State and Federal lands to assist with ground fire suppression efforts.
  • The Global Supertanker is without equal in the aerial tanker fleet and is capable of flight profiles unavailable to any other tanker aircraft.

The SuperTanker is a resource CSFD drafted into its operational plan to protect citizens and City assets against the threat of wildfire.

There are over 36,000 addresses in the wildland urban interface.


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