Another 41 Wildfire Management Branch personnel, including two unit crews and one agency representative, are being deployed to Alberta to assist with that province’s wildfire situation.
In total, 129 personnel and two fixed-wing aircraft have now been deployed to Alberta. On May 28, 80 sustained action firefighters, eight support personnel and two fixed-wing aircraft left B.C. Initially, they will be stationed in Edmonton, but will be stationed elsewhere in Alberta as determined by current fire activity and projected need.
Considering the current and forecasted fire situation in B.C., sufficient personnel and resources remain here to respond appropriately to any fire activity. Crews can be deployed out-of-province for up to 19 days, but can be recalled at any time.
- An agency representative acts as the link between deployed crews and the Wildfire Management Branch.
- A unit crew consists of 20 sustained action firefighters who typically work on large fires and can remain self-sufficient in the field for up to 72 hours at a time.
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Fire Information Officer
Wildfire Management Branch