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Aerial firefighting services by the numbers


years of strategic firefighting experience


Babcock-owned aircraft in service


firefighting missions per year


firefighting flight hours per year


million litres of water dropped


year contract with the Government of Manitoba
Babcock firefighting helicopter dropping water on a wildfire

What we do

Babcock provides a full range of firefighting services and missions, from customizable services to fully integrated turn-key solutions, including:

  • Water-dropping
  • Firefighter transportation
  • Fire pattern mapping
  • Bird-dog aerial coordination operations
  • Real-time imaging for command and control centres
  • Planned incendiary burning
  • Specialist pilot training
Babcock aerial water bomber dropping water on a wildfire

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

One of the world’s largest aerial firefighting business
A full range of individual and turnkey services
Supported by proprietary technology solutions
Internally delivered mission specialist training
Babcock water bomber conducting a training mission

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

Babcock CL-415 water bomber and Twin Commander plane beside their crews

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.

Babcock CL-415 dropping water

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.

Standing by to answer your questions

Chris Hodson

Director, Business Development

As a global aviation professional, Chris Hodson has built expertise across both the defense and commercial sectors of the aerospace market. He has worked closely with federal governments, non-governmental organizations and multi-national enterprises in the provision of tailored aviation solutions.

Aerial Firefighting in the Newsroom

Events   |  02/04/2020

Babcock Receives Approved Maintenance Organization Certification from Transport Canada

Babcock is pleased to announce that it has received Approved Maintenance Organization (AMO) certification from Transport Canada.
Case study   |  03/31/2020

Providing aerial wildfire suppression services to the Province of Manitoba

In the fall of 2018, Babcock was awarded a contract for aerial firefighting by the Government of Manitoba. The Wildfire Suppression Services Contract was issued by the Manitoba Department of Sustainable Development for a period of ten years.
Case study   |  03/27/2019

Aerial Firefighting in Spain

Babcock plays an important role in providing aerial firefighting support to our governmental customers in Spain