Bell 205 A++

Type 2 Helicopter


Cruise Speed: 125 mph
Gallon Capacity: 360 plus, 324/bucket
Manufacturer: Bell Helicopters, Fort Worth, Texas
Crew: Pilot, Co-pilot, and nine Firefighters


The Bell 205 is the civilian version of the UH-1H that CAL FIRE uses for its helicopter fleet. Their missions are identical. In San Diego County, CAL FIRE jointly staffs a Bell 205-A1 ++ with the sheriff’s department. The 205-A1++ has an improved rotor system and more powerful engine than the original 205. With seating for up to 9 passengers, this aircraft can be used for initial-attack fire missions as well as crew transport. A tank can be equipped on the belly of the aircraft that can hold 375 gallons.