Rotary Wings

Forestry and Emergency Response Division uses a variety of aircraft for forest fire suppression and Mountain Pine Beetle operations.

A large number of these aircraft are rotary wings. Rotary wings are widely used for direct and indirect fire suppression. They are commonly used to transport personnel and equipment to and from forest fires. They also drop water or foam directly on a fire perimeter to control and aid in extinguishing the fire.

Rotary wings usually work with firefighters on the ground to increase their effectiveness and are also used to assist in other fire and non-fire projects associated with work in remote areas. Some of these projects are:

  • Lookout tower servicing, including food and essentials for tower personnel
  • Medical evacuations
  • Pre-positioning of firefighting crews
  • Remote area clean-up and facility construction
  • Servicing of remote infrastructure like weather stations

Forestry Division hires rotary wings on an as-needed, casual basis or on contract during the fire season. There are 15 rotary wings on long-term contract:

  • Four medium (Bell 212HP or equivalent) in a conventional configuration
  • Five intermediate (AS350 B2 or equivalent)
  • Six medium rotor wing ( Bell 212HP or equivalent) in a rappel configuration

In addition, the Forestry and Emergency Response Division has contracted rotary wings for Mountain Pine Beetle operations.

Rotary wings commonly hired on an as-needed, casual basis include:

  • Bell 206B
  • Eurocopter AS 350 AStar B/BA/B1/B2/B3/D
  • Bell 407
  • Bell 212HP
  • Bell 205A1++

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Updated: May 2, 2016