FNL’s SEAT (Single Engine Air Tanker) base is instrumental in fighting wild fires throughout the region, including across state lines to keep lives and homes safe from wildfires. Smokejumpers from the US Forest Service are also stationed at FNL for high priority wildfires. Considered one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, smokejumpers parachute directly into the fire and help suppress it. Operators from FNL also hydromulch (seed) burn areas after major wildfires (like the High Park fire) this allows vegetation to contain top soil to maintain Colorado’s high water quality for human consumption and to preserve wildlife.
Local hospitals receive patients from rural areas (such as SE Wyoming) by Flight For Life to FNL. Medivac transports patients in critical need that would not be able to reach the hospital in time using ground transportation for life saving procedures. Critical organs are also transported through medical flights for area hospitals.
Other emergency responses include search and rescue, military training, and response to other natural disasters. Operators at FNL were the first to survey and document damage from the floods in 2013 for FEMA and the state.
• Fire Fighting • Medical • Emergency Response • Utility Maintenance • Military
Colorado Parks and Wildlife planes stock fish for remote mountain reservoirs and lakes from FNL. This helps maintain Colorado’s trout populations like the Cutthroat trout. Parks and Wildlife also conduct wildlife counts and wildlife management with aircraft out of FNL. Pipeline Patrol provides cost effective monitoring of pipelines and energy distribution systems laid over long distances to detect threats that can affect the integrity of the system