First of four new waterbombers arrives in the province

Staff ~ The Telegram
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The province's first new Bombardier 415 waterbomber - the first of four new waterbombers the provincial government has purchased from Bombardier Aerospace in an agreement worth approximately $120 million - has arrived in Gander.
Tom Hedderson, Minister of Transportation and Works, made the announcement in the House of Assembly today.
According to a news release, the delivery of the aircraft signals the beginning of a renewal process that will see the modernization and upgrading of Newfoundland and Labrador's vital emergency fire suppression capabilities.
Hedderson said the Bombardier 415 is a state-of-the-art aircraft that has proven its capabilities throughout the globe. He said crews in Gander will begin training over the next several weeks after which the aircraft will go into service.
"Our current fleet of six CL-215 waterbombers has been in operation for several decades now and has served us admirably," Hedderson said. "Although these planes are still fully operational and capable, four have reached a point in their lifespan where they are due for replacement or expensive overhauls. While we feel that we have maintained an effective firefighting capacity, it is in the best interests of all residents of Newfoundland and Labrador that we invest today to ensure we have the necessary, most modern and reliable tools available to us tomorrow and for many years to come."

Organizations: Bombardier 415, Bombardier Aerospace

Geographic location: Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Here is
    July 02, 2010 - 13:31

    Hey, lets base one of these in Saint Annie's. They can use it as their personal Air Ambulance like they think they deserve over the entire territory of Labrador and its population.

  • Robert
    July 02, 2010 - 13:09

    I wonder if they can be converted to air ambulances?

  • Here is
    July 01, 2010 - 20:20

    Hey, lets base one of these in Saint Annie's. They can use it as their personal Air Ambulance like they think they deserve over the entire territory of Labrador and its population.

  • Robert
    July 01, 2010 - 19:44

    I wonder if they can be converted to air ambulances?