August 28 - Information on Ontario Fireranger Deployment to Montana
Incident: Lolo Creek Complex Wildfire
Ontario Out of Province Deployment – Montana -
Ontario has a skilled and dedicated team of people in the Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services program ready to participate in deployments to other provinces and territories throughout Canada. This sharing of resources is common practice during the forest fire season.
On Monday August 26, 2013 the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources Aviation, Forest Fire and Emergency Services program deployed FireRangers and overhead staff from across Ontario to the State of Montana to help support their forest fire suppression efforts.
The total number of personnel in Montana is 109 people; including 100 FireRangers (Five 20-person strike teams), five Strike Team Leaders, three Agency Representatives and one Fire Behaviour Analyst. This deployment will last for 19 days which includes travel to and from Montana.
Through the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre, (CIFFC) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, forest fire resources can be imported and exported amongst all provinces and territories in Canada. The coordination of international deployments such as this are managed jointly between the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre and the National Interagency Fire in Boise, Idaho. Resource sharing is a vital part of forest fire management.
More information about the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre can be found at www.ciffc.ca
More information about the National Interagency Fire Centre in Boise, Idaho can be found at www.nifc.gov
The Montana fire situation can be monitored via this link - http://www.inciweb.org/state/27/
Earlier this fire season, Ontario deployed firefighters and overhead personnel to the Northwest Territories, Manitoba and Quebec and also provided forest fire suppression equipment to Quebec.