The province (Newfoundland & Labrador) has taken delivery of the final waterbomber included in a 2009 purchase agreement.
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Newfoundland & Labrador’s newest addition to its forest firefighting equipment, a Bombardier 415, sits on the tarmac at Gander.
The Bombardier 415 aircraft is the fourth plane included in the $120 million deal.
The aircraft was delivered to Gander on March 24, and will enter service in late spring, according to a news release from the Department of Transportation and Works.
The three previous aircraft were put into service in 2010 and 2011.
The new planes are part of a modernization of the province’s forest fire fighting equipment, said Minister of Transportation and Works Tom Hedderson.
“The increased water-carrying capacity of the Bombardier 415 aircraft, coupled with their ability for speed, further strengthens our firefighting capabilities,” he said.
The planes will be put into service alongside two existing CL-215 waterbombers and a spotter plane, and will provide support to ground crew forest firefighters, according to Jerome Kennedy, Minister of Natural Resources.