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Introducing the Firehawk, San Diego's $19.8 million helicopter

Some of San Diego's wildfires start at night. That's where a new tool comes in.

San Diego's new fire-rescue helicopter is here. 

The Firehawk is so high-tech that it can fly at night and drop 1,000 gallons of water at a time. This is San Diego County's third helicopter designed to help firefighters tackle wildfires. To give you an idea, 1,000 gallons of water is more than double the capacity of the county's two older helicopters.

Mayor Kevin Faulconer convinced the city council to approve the $19.8 million purchase in Dec. 2017.

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"We are a city and a region that has canyons as you know, [and] that has  brush," said Faulconer. "Our ability to quickly get up in the air and make a difference will absolutely help saves lives."

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The Firehawk can and will perform search and rescue missions. The helicopter can also hold more people inside of it than the older helicopters can. 

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Note: We erroneously reported in the above video that the helicopter cost $9.8 million dollars. It actually cost $19.8 million.