Jefferson County Tanker Base
Jefferson County Airport USDA Forest Service Air-tanker Base (Jeffco air-tanker base) is located in Broomfield, Colorado, and is managed by the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests and Pawnee National Grassland.
The Jeffco air-tanker base mission is to provide the very best aerial fire-fighting support for ground personnel. Mark Michelsen is the on-site manager of the base. The air-tanker base has recently been up-graded by the addition of new slurry storage tanks, filling facilities, pilots quarters and offices.
The new facilities were completed summer of 2003. The base received a new 3,500 square foot operations and dispatch building with a complete kitchen, laundry facility, workout room and soundproof room for pilots to sleep. A new 1,800 square foot heated ware house was also added to allow them to work year-round on equipment.
The capabilities of the base was also increased with the renovations. The sight has the capacity to mix 190,000 gallons of slurry at a time, which is enough for seventy-four and a half 2,555 gallon drops. Jeffco supports a variety of aircraft types, including single engine airtankers, heavy airtankers, lead planes and helicopters.
Jeffco air-tanker base employees focus their time and attention on accomplishing fire missions safely and lending their full support to fire fighters on the scene of an incident.
The tanker base is located at 10900 West 120th Ave., Broomfield, CO 80021.