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October 27, 2017 4:40 pm

More Aircraft to Join the Wildfire Battle

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 @ 3:35 PM

A contingent of Firefighters from out of province arrive at Prince George Airport. – photo 250News

Prince George, B.C.- The BC Wildfire Service is beefing up its aircraft to support those working on the ground  to battle the fires in the province.

The BC Wildfire Service  has a  fleet of 32 contracted aircraft and nearly 200 additional contracted helicopters that have already joined the fight. Ten firefighting aircraft have been brought in from other Canadian provinces, including seven airtankers and three “birddog” aircraft which help co-ordinate airtanker operations from the air.

Just over 300  firefighters  are  already starting to arrive in B.C. .  The largest  contingent (147)  is  out of Ontario,  while Alberta is sending 92,  Saskatchewan: 37, New Brunswick  is sending  22 ,  and a further 12 are from Parks Canada. Assistant Deputy Minister of  Emergency Management B.C., Robert Turner says there are some experts among those  coming to B.C. “For example,  we have  four  emergency management experts arriving tomorrow from Alberta who have particular experience from their season last year ( Fort McMurray)  and we’ll be taking advantage of their expertise and  learning.”

The BC Wildfire Service also has arrangements with dozens of companies from all regions of the province to provide contract firefighters and support staff.  As of today,  the BC Wildfire Service had over 200 contract personnel working on wildfires, that is in addition to the 1600 BC Wildfire service firefighters and support staff  in place for this fire season

The Canadian military is also prepared to help and has Joint Task Force Pacific liaisons embedded at the Provincial Emergency Coordination Centre in Victoria. Emergency Management BC worked with Public Safety Canada to pre-position transport aircraft and crews through a formal Request for Assistance. If the need arises, these aircraft would assist with emergency response operations such as evacuations. Emergency Management B.C.’s Robert Turner says the  military  aircraft would only be used  as a last resort  should all ground transportation  routes  be impassable.


This morning I watched a couple twin engine bombers take off, think they were CL 215’s. Anyone know?

    Just checked the Reg. No. on the plane. It’s a Canadair CL-215-6B11 (Series CL-215T) noted two flying out of our airport.

Thats awesome, thanks for the support and be safe!

That is good news , we need all the help we can get.

Not even are usual real hot time of year , that comes in about 2 weeks.

Maybe they should ask this company to show up.

Global supertankers. Look it up.

    Already did, look like 215’s.

Awesome. This is why I pay taxes,it looks like all levels of government are working as a team and the public has stepped up. Good thing the airport was upgraded to handle a real jet plane.

Even though governments are involved, it appears as if things are well organized, there seems to be a lot of cooperation and good coordination.
The extra firefighters from out of province will provide much needed relief.

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