LACoFD Catalina Brush Fire Drill - April 2017

In April of 2017 I flew to Santa Catalina Island with members of the Los Angeles County Fire Department to document a large scale brush fire training drill. This was not as much an active fire drill as it was a logistics drill to train in coordinating the movement of fire crews and apparatus to the island of coast of southern California in the event of a substantial brush fire. The Los Angeles County Fire Department, along with the Avalon Fire Department, are responsible for fire suppression on the large island. Transportation to the island was provided by the LASD's Air Rescue 5 and the return trip by LACoFD (Firehawk) Copter 19. © Craig Durling


American Heroes Air Show - June 18, 2016

The American Heroes Air Show was held on June 18, 2016 at the Hansen Dam Recreational Area in Los Angeles.  Over a dozen helicopters representing LAPD, LASD, LAFD, LACoFD, CalFire, DEA, US Customs, USAF and more were on hand for spectators as well as several other static and interactive displays.  

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American Heroes Air Show - Hansen Dam - June 20, 2015

Helicopters from numerous local, county, state and federal public safety agencies converged on Hansen Dam Recreation Park in Los Angeles on June 20, 2015 for the American Heroes Air Show. The event was open to the public and free of charge, featuring static displays, airborn demonstrations and interactive displays.

American Heroes Air Show - June 21, 2014

Paid a visit to the annual American Heroes Air Show at Hansen Dam Recreation Area in Los Angeles.  This  is a great show with helicopters, live demonstrations, helicopter rides, food and vendor booths.  It's a great day to be sure.  Check out the next show in your area at  All images © Craig Durling.