Douglas County may soon be pulling out the big guns on the upcoming wildfire season — or more specifically, a giant 19,200-gallon water gun that moves at 600 mph.
The county commissioners on Tuesday are scheduled to vote on a contract with Global SuperTanker Services LLC that would make available a behemoth air tanker — a converted Boeing 747-400 based in Colorado Springs — to help battle blazes in the county south of Denver.
The deal would be the first Global SuperTanker signs in the United States, giving Douglas County the right to boast the exclusive protection of the largest air tanker in the world.
“This is all about us being better prepared,” said Tim Johnson, director of emergency management for Douglas County. “It’s part of our hard, heavy, fast approach to fighting wildfires.”