Fire Boss Welcomes Global Sales Director

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Fire Boss Welcomes Global Sales Director      

On January 23rd, Fire Boss LLC has announced Stephen Johnson as new Global Sales Director, with responsibility for domestic and international Fire Boss sales. Stephen brings over 20 years of aviation experience, including extensive firefighting knowledge from his time at Timberline Helicopters, to Fire Boss. A U.S. Army veteran, Stephen is also a certificated flight instructor and commercial pilot in rotorcraft with private pilot privileges in fixed-wing aircraft.

“Stephen will be a tremendous asset for our current and future sales efforts due to his comprehensive knowledge of the firefighting industry,” stated Clint Clouatre, Vice President of Marketing & Sales. “His well-rounded background also includes securing government contracts, developing safety management systems, and international business development. Bringing Stephen to Fire Boss is just one of the many initiatives Fire Boss is implementing to promote its aircraft as the best economical aerial firefighting solution.”

“The Fire Boss is a proven firefighting aircraft that can help in the battle to save lives, homes, and natural resources while also being affordable in times of budget cuts,” added Stephen Johnson, Global Sales Director. “I look forward to working to increase the acceptance of the Fire Boss as a valuable firefighting platform with both domestic and international wildland fire officials.”

Stephen holds a master’s in business administration from Texas State University in addition to a bachelor’s degree in management. Previously, he served as director of business development for Timberline Helicopters, with prior roles in marketing, research, and aircraft sales and acquisitions. Stephen is based in Portland, Oregon, giving him quick access to operators in the Pacific Northwest along with global reach to all aerial firefighting operations. His experience will help bridge the gap between operators and contracting agencies to better inform decision makers about the benefits of the cost-effective Fire Boss and increase adoption of scooping air tankers around the world. Stephen can be reached by calling 651-209-7191 or via email at [email protected].

Dale Fehrenbach will serve as Director – Sales Flight Operations in support of increased investment in the Fire Boss product line. With over 15,000 hours of flight experience, Dale’s responsibilities will include interfacing with prospective and current Fire Boss operators for everything from coordinating demonstrations to assisting with the establishment of flight operations. Dale can be reached at [email protected] and by calling 651-306-0360.

About Fire Boss LLC 

Fire Boss LLC is the designer and manufacturer of the Fire Boss, a water scooping system that is exclusively installed on the Air Tractor AT-802. Fire Boss LLC is part of the Wipaire group of companies based in South St. Paul, Minnesota. Wipaire is the largest manufacturer of aircraft floats in the world, having built floats for varies aircraft types ranging from 2-seat Piper Cubs up to the 21-seat Viking Twin Otter. The Fire Boss system combines several airframe modifications, aircraft performance enhancers, and a pair of Wipline 10000 series amphibious water-scooping floats that enables the AT-802 Single Engine Air Tanker to scoop up to 800 gallons in about 15 seconds. Over 85 Fire Boss systems are currently in operation throughout the world. To submit a support request online, visit

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