CAF to procure new aerial firefighting vehicles

12 December 2017 (Last Updated December 12th, 2017 12:08)

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is set to procure new trucks to fight fires on modern infrastructure at military bases, including in ammunition and fuel containment areas.

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is set to procure new trucks to fight fires on modern infrastructure at military bases, including in ammunition and fuel containment areas.

New aerial firefighting vehicles (AFFVs) are being procured as part of the government’s new ‘Strong, Secure, Engaged’ defence policy, which seeks to equip CAF personnel with required support and equipment.

Canada Defence Minister Harjit S Sajjan said: “Modernising the equipment the Canadian Armed Forces rely on to do their jobs is a key priority for the Government of Canada.”

Aréo-Feu will supply a total of nine new vehicles to bases and wings across Canada, under a C$18.7m ($14.5m) contract awarded in June last year, which also has an option to purchase three more vehicles.

“The new trucks are intended to replace existing vehicles that have been in-service since the mid-1990s.”

The first location to receive the new fire trucks is 8 Wing Trenton.

The other bases and divisions that will each receive one new AFFV include 4 Wing Cold Lake, 3 Wing Bagotville, CFB Suffield, CFB Shilo, and CFB Esquimalt.

The AFFVs are equipped with a casualty recovery platform and provide firefighting capabilities, rescue and casualty evacuation to a height of 35m.

Delivery of the last vehicle is expected to be completed in April 2018.

The new trucks are intended to replace existing vehicles that have been in-service since the mid-1990s and exceeded their life expectancy, the Government of Canada stated.