World’s top aerial firefighting agencies equipping FIREHAWK® fleets with Collins Aerospace’s Goodrich rescue hoist

  • L.A. County and CAL FIRE will be first to operate S-70i™ FIREHAWK helicopters
  • Santa Barbara modifying HH-60L to aerial firefighting configuration
  • All three agencies have chosen Collins Aerospace’s latest rescue hoist, the Goodrich 44318

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Jan. 28, 2020) – Collins Aerospace Systems, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), today announced that three of the world’s top aerial firefighting agencies are equipping their helicopters with the company’s newest rescue hoist, the Goodrich 44318. The Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) and the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) selected the hoist for their S-70i FIREHAWK helicopters, while the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) selected the hoist for an HH-60L BLACK HAWK® helicopter it is converting to aerial firefighting configuration.

With its advanced technologies, the Goodrich 44318 is Collins Aerospace’s latest, most advanced rescue hoist. Compared to the Goodrich 44311, which has been flying on LACoFD’s S-70ATM FIREHAWK helicopters since they entered service nearly two decades ago, the 44318 boasts a number of improvements. The new hoist meets regulatory agencies’ current requirements for Human External Cargo, meaning people can stay on the line longer for transport or rescue missions; features a 600-pound max lift load; and allows operators to continuously rescue multiple victims without a cool-down period. The 44318 is currently in service on several platforms, including the Leonardo AW189, Airbus EC225 and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries UH-60J.

“As FIREHAWK fleets expand, Collins Aerospace is proud that operators continue to equip them with Goodrich rescue hoists,” said Nick Demogines, director of business development for Hoist & Winch at Collins Aerospace. “With decades of experience and more than 7,000 airborne hoists throughout the global fleet, Collins is a leader in the helicopter hoist rescue community. We are honored to deliver innovative, reliable solutions to our customers to support their life-saving missions.”

About Collins Aerospace

Collins Aerospace, a unit of Raytheon Technologies Corp., is a leader in technologically advanced and intelligent solutions for the global aerospace and defense industry. Collins Aerospace has the extensive capabilities, comprehensive portfolio and broad expertise to solve customers’ toughest challenges and to meet the demands of a rapidly evolving global market. For more information, visit

About Raytheon Technologies

Raytheon Technologies Corporation is an aerospace and defense company that provides advanced systems and services for commercial, military and government customers worldwide. With 195,000 employees and four industry-leading businesses ― Collins Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney, Raytheon Intelligence & Space and Raytheon Missiles & Defense ― the company delivers solutions that push the boundaries in avionics, cybersecurity, directed energy, electric propulsion, hypersonics, and quantum physics. The company, formed in 2020 through the combination of Raytheon Company and the United Technologies Corporation aerospace businesses, is headquartered in Waltham, Massachusetts.

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