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Watch: Remote Tank Could Help Helicopters Perform Water Drops Faster

By Amy Kluber | June 14, 2018

The Orange County Fire Authority and Anaheim Fire are testing new firefighting equipment that may save time and increase efficiency in performing water drops from helicopters.

Whaling Fire Line Equipment's Remotely Activated Snorkel Site (RASS) works via radio signal from a helicopter pilot, who can signal the tank to begin filling up so that the pilot can drop a snorkel in the tank and fill up for a water drop.

The idea is to place this system in remote areas to shorten distances helicopters must travel for filling up water tanks. See it in action:

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