Wildfire personnel and response tools

The BC Wildfire Service relies on thousands of people each year to respond to wildfires. This includes firefighters, air crew, equipment operators and support staff.  

Skilled personnel and equipment are employed directly by the BCWS and as contracted resources. In busy seasons, the BCWS can also receive support from other agencies including out-of-province firefighters and military resources.  

bc wildfire service firefighting crews

Wildfire crews

Thousands of firefighters join the fight against B.C. wildfires every season.

bc wildfire service aviation

Wildfire aviation

Hundreds of fixed-wing and rotary aircraft support crews on the ground.

BC Wildfire Service incident management team at a fire camp

Incident Management Teams

IMTs consist of a diverse group of skilled personnel dedicated to a common goal of managing complex wildfire events.

bc wildfire service heavy equipment

Heavy equipment

Hundreds of bulldozers, excavators, water trucks and more help the BC Wildfire Service control wildfire.

bc wildfire structure protection trailer

Structure Protection

Structure Protection Specialists are employed to plan and help reduce the impact of wildfires on homes and other structures.

bc wildfire additional support

Additional support

The BC Wildfire Service receives support from agencies across Canada and around the world.