Newfoundland gets new waterbombe
Aug. 30, 2011, St. John's - The government of Newfoundland and Labrador has taken possession of another new Bombardier 415 waterbomber.
The new aircraft is the third to enter service in the provincial fleet since the announcement of a $120-million purchase agreement for four new planes in October 2009.
Transportation Minister Tom Hedderson says the plane will strengthen the province's ability to fight forest fires.
The final aircraft will be delivered in April 2012.
The province currently operates a fleet of six waterbombers supplemented by light helicopters under contract.
Waterbombers are situated around the province in Gander, Deer Lake, St. John's, Happy Valley-Goose Bay and Wabush.