Port Alberni-based Coulson Aviation now has two of its aircraft in the wildfire fight in the province’s interior.
The company, which has most of its assets working in the western United States and internationally, has had a Sikorsky S-61 helicopter fighting fires in the Okanagan and eastern B.C. since early August and this week landed a large Chinook helicopter in Kelowna on its way back from fighting fires in Quebec.
Earlier this week, company president Wayne Coulson said he positioned the Chinook-47D in Kelowna at his own expense after seeing the “devastation” in West Kelowna, where night fires swept through, destroying homes..
“It is standing by ready to assist,” the company said. “The aircraft has been offered to the B.C. Wildfire Service at a discounted rate and we are waiting to hear back from the provincial government.”
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