Release: December 2003
Edition Quantity: 1,500
City of Hope / LA City FD Bell 412 Helicopter
Code 3 Collectibles is releasing the Los Angeles Fire Department Bell 412
Helicopter Air Operations Unit 3.
The red, white and blue color scheme is unique for an LAFD helicopter. After
over 20 years without a crash LAFD Air Ops was destroyed in an accident; the
department needed an immediate replacement and they approached City Council for
assistance. LAFD received a replacement form DWP (Department of Water and Power)
in this color scheme. The department was not able to repaint the vehicle before
it had to be placed into active duty. And that's how LA City came to have a red,
white and blue helicopter.
The replica will be painted in the red, white and blue paint scheme. The design
is a graphically bold patriotic tribute. In addition, the landing pad will
feature the easily recognizable City of Hope logo.
City of Hope, a world-renowned research and treatment center for cancer and
other life-threatening diseases, is one of 15 participating centers in the Early
Lung Cancer Action Project. This study aims to improve screening techniques that
could save hundreds of thousands of lives each year. While there has been no
conclusive study to link exposure to smoke while performing firefighting duties
with an increased risk in lung cancer, certain regional studies have shown a
slightly increased risk.
Investigators at City of Hope established for the first time a link between a
carcinogen in cigarette smoke and lung cancer. Smoking materials are the 7th
leading cause of domestic fires in the U.S. and fires caused by smoking
materials cause more civilian deaths than any other type of fire. (The U.S.
Smoking-Material Fire Problem, NFPA, April 2001)
The helicopter will come with a City of Hope landing pad, a certificate of
authenticity, and special City of Hope packaging.
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