San Diego to buy firefighting helicopter
SAN DIEGO (AP) ” San Diego’s city council has finalized a deal to buy a second firefighting helicopter for the city’s fire department.
The chopper will cost $16 million over 15 years through a lease-to-buy deal with Koch Financial.
San Diego Chief Financial Officer Mary Lewis told the council at Tuesday’s meeting that the helicopter’s cost will be offset by vacancies in the Fire-Rescue Department.
The council voted unanimously to approve the deal.
Fire officials hope to have it flying by August, before the arrival of seasonal Santa Ana winds.