Aerial Firefighting

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Wildfires are becoming a serious global issue, increasing in their frequency and impact on our lives, with seasonal patterns that affect different world regions throughout the year. Babcock delivers a fully integrated and professional aerial firefighting management service, underpinned by our own proprietary technology investments and internally delivered mission specialist pilot training. in order to be the leader of market transformation. We operate both fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft throughout Europe making Babcock arguably the world’s largest aerial firefighting business.

Providing Manitoba with Aerial Firefighting Services

In November of 2018, Babcock was awarded a contract for aerial firefighting services by the Government of Manitoba. The Wildfire Suppression Services Contract was issued by the Manitoba Department of Sustainable Development and is for a period of ten years.   


The Contract includes the management, maintenance, and operation of Manitoba’s fleet of seven Canadair water-bomber amphibious aircraft (four CL-415s and three 215s), supported by three Babcock-owned Twin Commander “bird-dog” aircraft. Manitoba will retain ownership of the water-bomber aircraft, parts, inventory, special tools and equipment but will transfer care and custody to Babcock as lessee.


We are proud to be working in partnership with Air Spray, an experienced, safe and effective provider of air tanker aircraft throughout Western Canada for over 60 years, and in the US through its subsidiary Air Spray USA since 2011.


Aviation Career Opportunities in Manitoba

Babcock, in partnership with Air Spray, will be holding a career fair this coming January 8th and 9th in Winnipeg. 

Human Resources teams from both companies will be on hand to answer questions, meet with job seekers, and will be conducting interviews for Aircraft Maintenance Engineers, Pilots, and various other positions.

The career fair will span 2 days. The first day will be exclusive to current employees of the Manitoba Government Air Services. The second day will be open to the general public. Each day there will be a presentation in the afternoon and evening that will overview the employment opportunities, and the work Babcock and Air Spray will be doing in Manitoba.

Delta Hotel
350 St Mary Avenue, Winnipeg, MB

Frequently Asked Questions for Manitoba Air Firefighting Services

Yes, there are currently store positions planned. As our planning progresses we will be able to confirm the specific number.

During winter maintenance, staff work Monday to Friday, 40 hours a week, or more. During fire season, our hope is to follow the schedule Manitoba currently has in place.

These details will be discussed with candidates upon the offer of employment. The rates that were used in the bid are competitive and in line with current industry standards.

Yes. At present the plan is for Air Spray to employ the pilots. Babcock will employ the remainder of the employees.

No, there won’t be any automatic transfer. All existing MGAS employees interested in joining the Babcock/Air Spray Team are welcome to attend the job fair. If not able to do so, they should reach out to catherine.o’ or to make alternate arrangements as want to meet as many existing employees as possible.

There would likely be 2 maintenance staff per group.

We will need either 2 or 3. We are still a couple of weeks away from making this decision.

– Currently Great West life is the provider of health, dental and short-term disability benefits for Babcock. RBC is the provider of LTD for Babcock.

– Currently Encon is the provider of Health, Dental and Long Term Disability benefits for Air Spray.

– Detailed information on the benefits plans for both Babcock and Airspray will be sent to Heather Newbiggin. More detailed information will be in the booklets.

– Currently the Group RRSP/DPSP is provided by Manulife Financial for Babcock.

– Currently the provider for Air Spray is Manulife.

– Detailed information on the pension plans for both Babcock and Airspray will be sent to Heather Newbiggin. More detailed information will be in the booklets.

We plan on hiring 16 full time AMEs. An additional 10 will be hired on contract during the winter months to help us with our deep maintenance.

The job fair will be held on January 8th and 9th in Winnipeg at the Delta Marriott. 350 St Mary Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3C 3J2. It will start at 12:00 and finish at 20:00 on January 8th. It will start at 09:00 and finish at 20:00 on January 9th.

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