San Diego council approves $16 million firefighting helicopter |

San Diego council approves $16 million firefighting helicopter

SAN DIEGO (AP) ” San Diego’s city council voted unanimously today to buy a second firefighting helicopter for the city Fire-Rescue Department.

Chief Tracy Jarman said the helicopter should be in service before seasonal Santa Ana winds begin in August.

The helicopter is expected to cost about $16 million.

Earlier in the day, Jarman’s predecessor joined a group of firefighters and wildfire experts in calling for San Diego County to enact recommendations developed after the 2003 Cedar Fire and create a regional fire agency.

Former San Diego fire chief Jeff Bowman also said citizens should be willing to pay higher taxes to fund new purchases of fire engines and other equipment.

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