Fire Aviation (Helitack)

The Red Lake DNR aviation program is funded through the BIA National office and the Tribal Resource Management Plan. Red Lake has had a helicopter program since the early 1990s but was not funded for personnel costs. TRM provides for a full seven person module that conforms to national standards. It also provides for equipment and training to ensure this module is available to tribal, federal, or state programs at the local or national level. The module consists of a helicopter manager, an assistant manager, two fire helicopter squad leaders, and three helicopter crew members.