Firefighting

We’re there to safeguard our citizens.

For over 35 years, Babcock has delivered aerial firefighting services. Operating across Europe and Canada with more than 400 highly trained professionals, our pilots and operation coordinators are experts at fighting fires from the air.

Our highly trained pilots and engineers work tirelessly every summer, during the firefighting season. We delivered 5,000 aerial firefighting missions last year; focused in the high-risk areas of Spain, Portugal and Italy.

Foresight, prevention and intervention are critical in the fight against wildfires and Babcock’s operational oversight teams and proprietary unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) allow firefighters to actively survey woods and forests so they can tackle fires more effectively, safely and strategically. Our highly experienced crews, who focus on both the prevention and the extinguishing of fires, clocked up 15,000 flight hours last year using our bespoke modified fleet of aircraft.

Babcock operates over 100 firefighting aircraft, including both helicopters and planes (light, medium and heavies) alongside managing the Italian government’s 19 amphibious firefighting aircraft. With this fleet portfolio, Babcock provides a full range of firefighting related missions including water-dropping, ground firefighter transportation, mission coordination and real-time image gathering to feed to command and control centers.

With this fleet, on instruction from our customers, we have fought fires across the Mediterranean in Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Cyprus, Turkey, Lebanon and Georgia.

Our aerial firefighting operations at a glance:

  • 15,000 firefighting flight hours last year
  • 70 firefighting bases
  • 5,000 firefighting missions last year
  • 150m litres of water/foam dropped last year

In 2018 we were delighted to be awarded an aerial wildfire suppression contract by the Government of Manitoba in Canada. The new 10-year contract for is the first firefighting work the Group has won outside of Europe and marks the continuing successful international expansion of Babcock’s aerial emergency services business. 

The Wildfire Suppression Services contract, awarded by the Government of Manitoba, began in April 2019. Babcock manages, maintains and operates Manitoba’s fleet of seven firefighting fixed-wing Canadair water-bomber amphibious aircraft, supported by three Babcock Twin Commander aircraft.