Unit crews

Unit crews

Unit crews operate in 20-person packs and are specialized to perform sustained action when a fire has grown beyond initial attack resources. Unit crews establish pump and hose lines, dig fire guards, burn off fuel from the fire’s path, and use chainsaws to cut fuel breaks and remove danger trees.

There are 30 unit crews throughout the province of B.C.; and like their initial attack counterparts, unit crews are highly mobile and can be called away to work in areas of high fire activity. For wildfires in remote locations, or those which require a high level of response for an extended period of time, unit crew personnel may live in a temporary fire camp and work for 14 days in a row.

Indigenous Unit Crews

To learn more about the history of the BCWS Indigenous Unit Crew Program click here (PDF, 253.2 KB).