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New Firefighting Aircraft for BC

Greg Adams anticipates a long and busy wildfire season in British Columbia this year, so it’s timely that two new firefighting planes have just come into service.

Adams has dedicated a decade of his life as an air attack officer with the B.C. Wildfire Service (BCWS), responsible for devising aerial firefighting strategies.

Air tankers are fixed-wing aircraft that have been repurposed from retired commercial airliners to help douse wildfires.

Earlier this month, the BCWS welcomed two Dash 8-400AT airtankers to the provincial airtanker centre at Penticton Regional Airport, and they’ve already been deployed across the Okanagan region and beyond.

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Photo by Dana Kelly/CBC