U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIORBUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
Air Tanker Program
It is critical that BLM’s wildland firefighters have a variety of effective tools at their disposal. The agency has used SEAT firefighting aircraft for many years to perform outstanding work in sustaining wildland firefighting operations. The aircraft can utilize their inherent speed, mobility, and strength during initial and extended attack situations. SEATs are highly mobile and can be set up at remote bases and local airstrips, decreasing turnaround time between drops.
Large air tankers drop apprpoved fire suppressant and retardant over all types of terrain throughout the United States.
Central Montana District
Located in Lewistown, Mont., the Central Montana District is home to both an exclusive helicopter base and a SEAT base.
Miles City Interagency Dispatch Center
The Eastern Montana Fire Zone (EMFZ) has an aviation staff consisting of Unit Aviation Manager, Airbase Manager, Single Engine Airtanker Manager, Fire Helicopter Supervisor, Assistant Helicopter Supervisor, Helitack Squad Leader, and two to three seasonal helitack squads
During the fire season, the EMFZ supports one exclusive-use helicopter and a SEAT base. During high suppression activities, as many as 10-12 additional aircraft can be pre-positioned and utilized in the EMFZ.
Billings Dispatch Center and Air Tanker Base
Located in Billings, Mont., the Billings Dispatch Center and Air Tanker Bases is an exclusive-use air attack platform and a full-service retardant base for large air tankers and single-engine air tankers. The base also supports numerous logistical and multi-functional missions.