The primary role of Forest Protection’s impressive fleet is to provide quick initial response to wildfires.
The aircraft strategy is designed to support ground crew by slowing, if not stopping, the spread of fire so ground crew can contain then extinguish the fire. We provide a foundational service that is responsible for protecting not only New Brunswick’s forests and communities, but also other jurisdictions and neighbouring provinces that require essential forest firefighting.
Forest Protection is a ground-based operation with 11 reload bases strategically located throughout New Brunswick, equipped with fire retardant, foam, and water. These reload bases allow aircraft to reattack the fire in the most expeditious manner possible. During the forest fire season, we split our firefighting aircraft into two teams, based at the Fredericton Airport (CYFC). Depending on the fire hazard, aircraft may be moved or “day based” to other reload bases province-wide for quick response. This asset allocation provides rapid response to forest fires with our objective to have an aircraft over a fire almost immediately following dispatch.