NASF Resolution No. 1990-11: "H" Model Helicopters
WHEREAS: many state forestry programs have been utilizing Federal Excess Property Program (FEPP) helicopters for fire suppression purposes since the early 1960's and the UH-1 models currently used by most states are old and replacement parts are becoming difficult or impossible to obtain; and
WHEREAS: changes in the economy have reduced the numbers of "call-when-needed" helicopters, and helicopters have been in short supply or fully committed on many occasions during the past several difficult fire seasons; and
WHEREAS: last year approximately 100 UH-1H FEPP helicopters were scheduled for release for use for state forest fire suppression programs, but nationally only 38 of these aircrafts were transferred to various states before the program was placed on hold; and
WHEREAS: the National Association of State Foresters believes that helicopters are a critical element of an effective fire suppression program and that the release of the remaining UH-1H helicopters, or an acceptable alternative model aircraft, is essential in order for the states to adequately protect forest and rangelands from wildfire;
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED the National Association of State Foresters directs the Executive Committee to work with the Bush Administration, Congress and the Forest Service to secure the release and resume distribution of the remaining UH-1H helicopters.
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