Croatian CANADAIR CL-415 Fight Fires Near Zadar

8 03 2011

Source: OSRH

On 3rd March 2011 Croatian Canadair CL-415’s from the 93rd Air Force and Air Defence Firefighting Squadron engaged in fire suppression activities near Smoković-Gornja Murvica in Zadar County.

Although the fire broke out in inaccessible terrain due to landmines left over from the 1990’s war, the Canadair waterbombers managed to put out the fire in a matter of hours. In February, the Croatian Firefighting Squadron participated in 16 fire suppression activities.


Croatian Canadair CL-415 Water Bombers Back in Action

24 02 2011

Croatian Canadair CL 415-from the  Fire Fighter Squadron (PPE) 93 Air Force Base and the Air Force were dispatched in the Split-Dalmatia County to extinguish fires near the Srinjane-Sirotković areas.

Earlier this month on February 4, 2011 Croatian Canadair’s were engaged in fire-fighting activities at the fire sites of Dubrava in Cetina Canyon and Svinca near Marina in Split-Dalmatia County as well as Žaborić in Šibenik-Knin County. One Mi-8MTV helicopter was engaged in fire suppression activities at the fire site of Sveti Nofar – Kaštele in Split-Dalmatia County.

On February 6, 2011 two Air Tractors AT-802 A and one Canadair CL-415 were also engaged in fire fighting at the fire site of Prugovo-Moseć.

On February 7, 2011 one Canadair CL-415 from the 93rd Air Force and Air Defence Firefighting Squadron participated in fire suppression in Kruščica Bay on the island of Brač in Split-Dalmatia County. The fire was extinguished at 11 o’clock. One Canadair CL-415 participated in fire suppression activities at another fire site of Moseć-vrh Umac in Šibenik-Knin County. The fire was localized at 1 o’clock.

Croatia Sends Canadair CL-415 Waterbomber to Isreal

6 12 2010

The Croatian Government gave the go ahead to day to send one of its Canadair CL-415 (Number 866) waterbombers and crew to Israel to help fight the recent wildfires in the north of the country.

The Bombardier 415 (formerly Canadair CL-415) is a Canadian amphibious aircraft purpose-built as a water bomber. It is an aircraft designed and built specifically for aerial firefighting and is based on the company’s CL-215 flying boat.

As part of the Croatian Air Force modernization program 2007-2015 and after a taxing 2007 fire season (12 firefighters lost their lives on a small island of Kornati and a CL-415 was damaged) the Croatian government decided to buy two new Canadair CL-415 and five Air Tractor AT-802 water bombers. With part of the program completed all five AT-802 were delivered in 2008 and 2 CL-415 ordered for 2009.

Source: Slobodna Dalmacija

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