Friday, April 18
(Colorado Springs, CO) -- Money approved in the state budget for aerial firefighting will likely have a huge impact on response times. Colorado Springs Fire Department Captain Justin White says planes with scanning technology would have helped find the source of the Waldo Canyon Fire. It took hours to find the flames after the first sign of smoke. The state House sent the budget plan to Governor Hickenlooper this week which sets aside around 20-million-dollars for the state to lease or buy aircraft. The Division of Fire Prevention is recommending Colorado buy two planes that can scan terrain and determine where the fire is.