Sinema Helps Secure Interim Approval for SuperTanker

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, the U.S. Forest Service announced it granted an additional 17-month, interim approval for Global SuperTanker’s 747 air tanker. This follows a six-month, interim approval that lapsed last month. Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-09) issued the following statement:

“To fight dangerous wildfires, Arizona first responders need the best tools and technology available,” said Congresswoman Sinema. “Today’s announcement is an important step forward that will allow SuperTanker to compete for firefighting contracts with the Forest Service. Government red tape kept the SuperTanker on the sidelines during wildfire season, even as wildfires forced Arizonans from their homes. We’re committed to ensuring Arizona first responders have the tools they need to be safe, fight wildfires, and protect our communities.”

“Congresswoman Sinema and other Members of the Arizona Congressional delegation have fought tirelessly to ensure the Global SuperTanker has the opportunity to fight fires in Arizona and across the United States,” said Jim Wheeler, President of Global SuperTanker Services. “Interim approval from the IAB is due in no small part to her attention to this pressing issue and willingness to do what’s right for her constituents. We look forward to working with Congresswoman Sinema and her staff as we seek a call when needed contract from the U.S. Forest Service to fight the many wildfires raging across the western U.S.”

Congresswoman Sinema has consistently worked with both parties in Congress to support first responders and keep Arizonans safe from wildfires. In May, she visited the SuperTanker site in Marana, Arizona, where she saw the tanker’s firefighting potential firsthand and learned about the regulatory challenges the company faced. She also heard from Arizona firefighting professionals on how this type of asset could be beneficial when combatting wildfires. Congresswoman Sinema wrote to the U.S. Forest Service and met with representatives, demanding answers after Global SuperTanker experienced unusual delays in its review process. Today’s announcement of interim approval makes the SuperTanker eligible to bid for firefighting contracts with the Forest Service and is a critical and necessary step in the process.