Thanks As Always Canada

Curiosity

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Aircraft have been sent from B.C. and Quebec to assist in the California fire fighting - we can always look north for some kind of assistance when in trouble ....

Not a Canadian craft, but there is some quality flight going on by one guy (nobody seems to know if he is an ex-military or commercial pilot)...but he is maneuvering a lumbering old DC-10 (I originally thought it must be a DC -8 - a 10 would be way too clumsy - over the fires, dropping way down with his 50 tons of Foschek or retardant, unlaoding and of course once empty the craft floats up and tilts and he just keeps on trucking east to set down and refuel and returns again...

A gentle giant performing a ballet in the air while hell continues below....

Anyway.... THANK YOU AGAIN ... NEIGHBOR UP NORTH
 

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Northboy

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Aircraft have been sent from B.C. and Quebec to assist in the California fire fighting - we can always look north for some kind of assistance when in trouble ....

Not a Canadian craft, but there is some quality flight going on by one guy (nobody seems to know if he is an ex-military or commercial pilot)...but he is maneuvering a lumbering old DC-10 (I originally thought it must be a DC -8 - a 10 would be way too clumsy - over the fires, dropping way down with his 50 tons of Foschek or retardant, unlaoding and of course once empty the craft floats up and tilts and he just keeps on trucking east to set down and refuel and returns again...

A gentle giant performing a ballet in the air while hell continues below....

Anyway.... THANK YOU AGAIN ... NEIGHBOR UP NORTH

You can always count on us....
 

Tonington

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Aircraft have been sent from B.C. and Quebec to assist in the California fire fighting - we can always look north for some kind of assistance when in trouble ....

Not a Canadian craft, but there is some quality flight going on by one guy (nobody seems to know if he is an ex-military or commercial pilot)...but he is maneuvering a lumbering old DC-10 (I originally thought it must be a DC -8 - a 10 would be way too clumsy - over the fires, dropping way down with his 50 tons of Foschek or retardant, unlaoding and of course once empty the craft floats up and tilts and he just keeps on trucking east to set down and refuel and returns again...

A gentle giant performing a ballet in the air while hell continues below....

Anyway.... THANK YOU AGAIN ... NEIGHBOR UP NORTH

It's a great partnership really. The international effort here in North America for disaster relief is not given the credit it deserves. Maybe it runs across the screen on the news ticker.

Hope you, your family, and your friends are well and safe Curio.
 

Curiosity

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Thanks Tonington

The Canadians really know their forestation and topography... have the whole thing about fighting fires from the air down to a science.

This time around there is more than enough help - volunteers are being sent home to be rotated in and out - there is so much help - and assistance. It will be terrible later when people go home and the homeless are left without a place to return to.

So far so good - just smells terrible...
 

Northboy

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Thanks Tonington

The Canadians really know their forestation and topography... have the whole thing about fighting fires from the air down to a science.

This time around there is more than enough help - volunteers are being sent home to be rotated in and out - there is so much help - and assistance. It will be terrible later when people go home and the homeless are left without a place to return to.

So far so good - just smells terrible...

We'll have to fix that then, won't we???
 

#juan

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A MATTER OF DOLLARS AND SENSE
-- and the politics of aerial firefighting


Canadair's CL-415s in Los Angeles County

[SIZE=-1] © 1998 Kelly Andersson[/SIZE]
[SIZE=-1]Contributing Editor
WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER Magazine[/SIZE]


[SIZE=-1]This story originally ran in
the September ‘98 issue of
WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER Magazine.
Email them for back issues. [/SIZE] [SIZE=+1]The Canadian SuperScoopers are the darlings of the media in L.A. County, and the heroes of the skies in the eyes of much of the interface-thick Southern California general public. It's just the rest of the firefighting community who hate them.[/SIZE]
Management personnel with the Los Angeles County Fire Department like ‘em, and homeowners in the hills who've had their houses saved from raging brushfires like ‘em a lot. But things are a little snarly in the fire community. Both groundpounders and those who fight fire from the air insist that L.A. County would be money and effectiveness ahead by contracting helitankers or U.S. waterscoopers, or by buying retrofitted military surplus — or darned near anything but leasing or buying SuperScoopers from Canada. The detractors blame politics, make allegations about skewed studies and bought-off politicians, and repeatedly claim that the L.A. media have mindlessly championed the cause of the target-missing SuperScoopers in favor of the fire-pasting helicopters.
[SIZE=+2]N[/SIZE]o one claiming buy-outs or backroom deals seems to have any evidence, of course, but rumors and gossip repeated often enough seem to take on a truth of their own. And the Los Angeles County Fire Department (LACoFD) is going ahead with this season's lease of SuperScoopers anyway. Two CL-415s leased from the Province of Québec arrived in September, accompanied by fanfare (the land of 1,000 press conferences) and airshows and the attention of local impressionable media. The lease agreement with Québec, valued at a little over $1 million, doesn't include flight hours but does include maintenance and pilots — Québec provides the pilots, two at a time, who are on duty for 30 days before being rotated halfway through the contract. Last year the contract was extended beyond 60 days, and with flight hours included, totaled $1.6 million.
[SIZE=+2]T[/SIZE]he LACoFD provides fire protection and emergency medical services for 51 cities and the unincorporated areas of the county, which has a population of more than 9 million people over its 2,200 square miles. The LACoFD's 3,500-plus employees are stationed at 157 facilities. Canadair's CL-215T gained fame in Southern California during the fall fire seasons of 1994 and 1995 while first on lease with the LACoFD for operational evaluation. From the beginning, firefighters both on the ground and in the air have said that the aircraft were limited by the area's steep terrain and high winds.
[SIZE=+2]T[/SIZE]he planes have been popular with the press and the public, though — the SuperScoopers are dramatic and sexy. It's easy to see how residents fidgeting at the edges of their hillside estates, gripping their garden hoses and watching a fire race up the slope across from them, would see the Scoopers as some kind of rescue angel from the skies. Anything in the air fighting a fire is impressive, but imagine the reaction of moms and tykes at a county park watching a CL-415 scoop from the reservoir. Those reactions have reportedly spawned public pressure on the county politicians, which has undoubtedly played a role in keeping Scoopers airborne over L.A. County.

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lone wolf

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CL-415 and the Be200 - a Russian jet-powered scooper of similar capacity and lift time - are the best contenders (though I'm not so sure I'd really want to drive a fanjet into altitudes populated by scared birds) If California smoke-eaters have a better option, they should be using it.

Wolf
 

#juan

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My point was that these aircraft are down there under contract. Canada is not providing humanitarian, firefighting service to California just because we are loving neighbors. The companies who are providing the water bombing service are hopefully going to be paid.
 

lone wolf

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They were leased last year. Why should this year be any different? I'm sure Bombardier would love to sell Arnie a few because it's obviously not a lease-for-profit deal.

Wolf
 

Curiosity

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Fixed wing aircraft in some of the areas of the fire right now are limited as to their maneuvers because there is so little water available.... helicopters are using private swimming pools - getting into small areas where flash burns are taking place and being able to wet them down pretty quickly.

The magnificent planes are wonderful for large, open areas of topography but in so many of the tiny isolated canyons, they just can't get in...

I am sorry but I dislike turning this into another bash the U.S. thread - it was meant only to thank the Canadians for their contributions (in the past and this day).

Whether there are contract problems or the help is unwanted seems a bit out of place here with an article written in 1998 which may or may not be valid in the year 2007....


So much has changed since then ... new methods, new fire situations, new reciprocal agreements, and a working arrangement between two large nations which makes me bloody proud.
 

Curiosity

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My point was that these aircraft are down there under contract. Canada is not providing humanitarian, firefighting service to California just because we are loving neighbors. The companies who are providing the water bombing service are hopefully going to be paid.

Juan

What a shame you have such a rigid view of this situation. I am pleased you are in the minority because the people down here are grateful for any assistance, 'under contract' or otherwise. You make saying 'thank you' seem rather ugly and rotten inside.

That's the second topic I've written on you've managed to get snarly over... lighten up eh?
 
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Northboy

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Fixed wing aircraft in some of the areas of the fire right now are limited as to their maneuvers because there is so little water available.... helicopters are using private swimming pools - getting into small areas where flash burns are taking place and being able to wet them down pretty quickly.

The magnificent planes are wonderful for large, open areas of topography but in so many of the tiny isolated canyons, they just can't get in...

I am sorry but I dislike turning this into another bash the U.S. thread - it was meant only to thank the Canadians for their contributions (in the past and this day).

Whether there are contract problems or the help is unwanted seems a bit out of place here with an article written in 1998 which may or may not be valid in the year 2007....


So much has changed since then ... new methods, new fire situations, new reciprocal agreements, and a working arrangement between two large nations which makes me bloody proud.

Well said...I can't speak for others, but in my way, I'll be doing what I can to heal.
 

Curiosity

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Northboy

You no doubt appreciate the value in our times of a good neighbor and friend - these relationships should be nurtured for the benefit of all. When I see it being played out it affirms my belief there
is hope and if Canada and the U.S. cannot work together, there is little hope for the future.
 

JoeSchmoe

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There are only 2 Martin-Mars bombers left. We had a 3rd up until maintenance and parts cossts got to be "too much". Plus the gov't is letting the forest companies off the hook for maintaining and managing them. At least there are still 2 in service for the time being...

Glad they will get some use down there! Amazing machines.
 

hermanntrude

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There are only 2 Martin-Mars bombers left. We had a 3rd up until maintenance and parts cossts got to be "too much". Plus the gov't is letting the forest companies off the hook for maintaining and managing them. At least there are still 2 in service for the time being...

Glad they will get some use down there! Amazing machines.

i'm going to frame this post for its rarity value: a post by JoeSchmoe expressing gladness
 

mrmom2

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Kamloops has BC's forestry firwe fighting center and i have been wondering why our airtankers haven't been sent we have 4 planes that are perfect for those small canyons and tight areas but there just sitting on the ground :-(I suspect goverment red tape theres no other reason those planes for those planes to be sitting here :-(
 

Tonington

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Red tape, the worst kind of tape, unless we're talking about tuck tape. I agree, they really should be there.
 

Curiosity

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Mr.Mom

I heard someone yesterday talking about the Firecat....but I didn't know it was a Canadian craft... It's a sassy looking piece of equipment - like it's on a mission!!!

Sad they aren't being used.... the helicopters can't carry much...

If this regularity of fires every summer continues, the U.S. would be wise to get as many suitable craft under contract as possible....with reciprocal arrangements for Canadian needs too from any
U.S. equipment/manpower necessary in the event of a natural disaster.