Canadian Firefighter Magazine

B.C. boosts wildfire fighting fleet, equipment

By Government of British Columbia   

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Feb. 15, 2024, British Columbia – B.C. is upgrading and expanding its fire fighting aviation and ground fleet equipment.

Nearly $16 million has been invested in pumps, fire camp equipment, safety gear, and medical and hygiene equipment to provide broader response capabilities.

Additional investments have been made in two mass water-delivery systems, that can be used for fire suppression and flood operations. Upgrades are being made to fire fighting equipment and fire camp infrastructure.

This year, BC Wildfire Service will continue to upgrade its existing aviation fleet to include additional plane and helicopter agreements, with a focus on a diverse and a modern set of aircraft suited for B.C.’s vast and challenging terrain, the province said in a press release.


The agency will also continue to trial night-vision technology used by aviation crews to survey and support fire suppression during nighttime operations.

Existing aviation fleet includes the air tanker and skimmer groups, light to heavy lift helicopters, and parattack jumpships, located at more than 14 bases around the province.

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