Southern California Edison has contracted with Corporate Helicopters and several helicopter operators in the San Bernardino County and Riverside County areas to fly and inspect powerline distribution poles.
The helicopter inspections are part of a program Southern California Edison has that aims to reduce wildfire risk.
You can find a page explaining the project here.
What do powerline poles have to do with fire reduction?
In high-risk fire areas, the helicopter utilize high-resolution cameras to detect flaws so they can be repaired expeditiously.
From SCE’s post:
“The effort is part of the utility’s Grid Safety and Resiliency Program, which includes additional measures, such as installing covered conductors, deploying weather stations and increasing tree trimming in high fire risk areas. SCE is also using Public Safety Power Shutoffs where the utility will shut off power during extreme weather that increases the risk of a fire.”
If you would like to learn more, or have comments to share, please call Southern California Edison’s public information phone line at (800) 611-1911.
- Learn more about the project.
- Call Southern California Edison’s public information phone line at (800) 611-1911.