Army's Cobra Copters Reborn as Firefighters With the fire season expected to be another rough one in California, firefighters in the state have armed themselves with a new tool: a Cobra attack helicopter recycled from the U.S. Army. It's the first time an attack helicopter has ever been used to fight fires. Rob Schmitz of member station KPCC reports.
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Army's Cobra Copters Reborn as Firefighters

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Army's Cobra Copters Reborn as Firefighters

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A former U.S. Army Cobra outfitted to fight fires for the U.S. Park Service. Rob Schmitz, KPCC hide caption

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The basket under the Cobra's nose is packed with microwave and infra-red sensors. Rob Schmitz, KPCC hide caption

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The fire season has begun in California, where residents suffered from several huge wildfires in 2003. Firefighters in California are arming themselves with a new tool: a Cobra attack helicopter recycled from the U.S. Army.

The U.S. Forest Service is hoping the advanced, rugged aircraft can help target and contain wildfire blazes. It's the first time an attack helicopter has ever been used to fight fires. Rob Schmitz of member station KPCC reports.