World's Largest Firefighting Helicopter Debuts Today in Los Angeles

Wednesday, April 01, 2009 |

The Los Angeles Fire Department has secured an exclusive contract to own and operate the nation's first 'Heli-Station', a helicopter fortress that will bring the full capabilities of a fire station above the scene of any emergency.

Built on the proven 'Hotelicopter' platform seen below and in these images, an LAFD prototype debuts today, April 1, 2009 in the skies of Los Angeles.



Learn more about this *amazing* helicopter at:

www.hotelicopter.com



Submitted by Brian Humphrey, Spokesman
Los Angeles Fire Department

9 comments:

Jennie said...

Can Sparky be on the first flight?

That's really funny. Nice to see the LAFD has a sense of humor. Kudos to the person who designed the webpage. Someone did alot of work on this prank. Good clean joke. I like it.

Anonymous said...

You had me going at first. I agree it's nice to see a fire department with a sense of humor.

Anonymous said...

Is this some kind of sick joke.

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

While some may have briefly imagined this April 1 'innovation' to have 106 helicopters constantly hovering above Los Angeles as 'Heli-Stations' we are pleased to share (as noted by other readers above) that this was merely a kind hearted way of affirming that Los Angeles Firefighters will remain where you've come to expect them: on terra firma, at your Neighborhood Fire Station.

Thanks for visiting the LAFD Blog on April 1

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

Anonymous said...

Is this some sort of joke?

Anonymous said...

Does this have a fire pole?

Gayle Falkenthal said...

How about a Dalmatian? Team of Clydesdales?

Anonymous said...

How much water can it drop? Does it come with a snorkel?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...

@Anonymous 3:43,

There is no need for fire poles in the 'heli-station' according to April Falsday, who was to have been the imaginary pilot of this equally imaginary aircraft.

@Gayle,

Thanks for your picturesque humor. Yipes, could you imagine a dalmatian trying to 'live' in a flying fire station? :)

@Anonymous 12:43,

We were going to 'spec' this April Fools Day posting with mention of the supposed "heli-station" holding 38,000 gallons - the minute pumping capacity of the Warner L. Lawrence aka LAFD Fire Boat 2, but didn't get that far.

@All,

Thanks for helping us share a warm and hearty laugh, as we see where the hotel company behind this gag takes their "Hotelicopter" in the months to come.

On a more serious and down to earth note (no pun intended), we look forward to your visit to a Neighborhood Fire Station in Los Angeles. For details

lafd.org/visit.htm

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Firefighter/Specialist
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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