Nevada County Airport is home to the USFS and CALFIRE Grass Valley Air Attack Base. This center of wild land fire-fighting from the air is the permanent location for two Grumman S-2 Air Tankers that drop fire retardant, and two air attack aircraft that coordinate the efforts of the tankers and other fire-fighting assets and personnel.
Aircraft from Nevada County Airport are on standby, ready to respond to fires throughout the foothills and mountains. When larger fires occur nearer to the airport, many other fire-fighting aircraft use the airport as a base for operations.
Search and Rescue and med-evac aircraft also use the airport year-round for public safety missions.
Aircraft used in law enforcement are a common sight at the Nevada County Airport. The California Highway Patrol, the Nevada County Sheriff's Office, and the FBI are a few of the agencies that use our airport facilities.