Aerial firefighting services by the numbers
30+years of strategic firefighting experience
70+Babcock-owned aircraft in service
5,500firefighting missions per year
20,000+firefighting flight hours per year
174million litres of water dropped
10year contract with the Government of Manitoba
What we do
Babcock provides a full range of firefighting services and missions, from customizable services to fully integrated turn-key solutions, including:
- Firefighter transportation
- Fire pattern mapping
- Bird-dog aerial coordination operations
- Real-time imaging for command and control centres
- Planned incendiary burning
- Specialist pilot training
Unmatched capabilities and experience
Babcock provides fully integrated professional aerial firefighting services, drawing on global experience to deliver solutions tailored for the Canadian environment.
Our highly capable services are underpinned by our own proprietary technology investments and internally delivered mission specialist pilot training. To inform our uniquely Canadian solutions, we draw on wider experience as one of the world’s largest aerial firefighting business.
A leader in aerial firefighting in Canada and around the world
Capabilities + Technology + Experience = Trust
Our aviation and firefighting capabilities are complemented by proprietary technology investments, and underpinned by decades of experience in Europe, in environments which can be very different from, and also quite similar to Canada’s.
We are drawing on our European expertise and at the same time learning from the talented Canadians who have joined us.
One of the world’s largest aerial firefighting businesses
Operate throughout Europe, often in environments similar to Canada’s
5,500 firefighting missions per year
Over 20,000 firefighting flight hours a year
174 million litres of water dropped
Gaining trust and experience in Canada
In Canada, Babcock was recently honoured with the award of a 10-year contract for aerial wildfire suppression services by the Government of Manitoba. With our capable Western Canadian partners, Babcock will be responsible for the management, maintenance and operation of Manitoba’s fleet of seven amphibious water-bomber aircraft, supported by three Babcock-owned bird-dog aircraft.
How we do it
Babcock has operated under nearly every conceivable relationship with our customers.
We plan, operate and fly. We utilize both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. We own our own fleets, and can also lease from our customers, or rent aircraft as needed. Babcock can offer a complete turn-key solution, or work with partner organizations and provide specified elements of a complete solution. Our experience in multiple jurisdictions and environments requires that we remain flexible, and enables us to bring lessons learned and fresh thinking to our customers.
Finally, and importantly, our scale and integrated approach delivers value-for-money.
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Aerial Firefighting in the Newsroom
November 30, 2018 – Babcock is delighted to announce that we have been awarded a contract for aerial firefighting by the Government of Manitoba, Canada. The Wildfire […]
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