About Columbia Helicopters Inc.
- Columbia Helicopters is the the world's only commercial operator of the Columbia Model 234 Chinook and Columbia 107-II helicopters. These highly versatile aircraft are perfect for supporting crews fighting wildland fires, in that the helicopters can deliver water, retardant or foam, or they can carry massive loads of equipment or supplies directly to the fireline. Both types of aircraft are equipped with SEI Torrentula Bambi Buckets with Powerfill system, allowing the pilots to get water from sources not available to tanked helicopters or those using conventional buckets. Depending on the requirements of the ground crews, the pilots can then use the adjustable-gate buckets to create fire line, make a series of spot drops, or fully open the bucket for a huge single drop.