Fire Eaters - Dundurn

Fire Eaters

Aerial Fire Fighting Over the Last Century

Available Apr 1st 2025

Paperback
$ 27.99

Description

The riveting history of how aircraft have transformed the fighting of wildfires.

When threatened by wildfires throughout history, our only defense was to pray for rain and run — and until aircraft changed the way we fight fires. Beginning with the Canadian “H-Boats” in 1924, aircraft have become indispensable in detecting and extinguishing wildfires. Fire Eaters tells the incredible stories of the Ontario Provincial Air Service, the first government aerial fire suppression organisation in history, one of its pilots, Carl Crossley, who invented the water scoop up and drop off system, and the Canadair CL-215, the first purpose-built water bomber.

Today, helicopters with “Bambi Buckets” and snorkels can dump water while hovering directly over the flames, and Air Tractors and Dash 8-400AT air tankers not only perform a crucial role in saving communities but protect our ecosystem. Satellites, unmanned aircraft able to fly for 16-hours, even overnight when manned aircraft do not, and Artificial Intelligence already play a decisive role in fire management.

But it is the men and women of the aerial fire service who have really changed the way we fight fire around the world. Their bravery and dedication mean that response times are fast, fires can be contained sooner, and people have the chance to save rather than lose everything.

Contributors

Peter Pigott

Peter Pigott is Canada’s foremost aviation author. Among his accomplishments are the histories of Air Canada, Trans Canada Airlines, and Canadian Airlines. He is the author of From Far and Wide, Sailing Seven Seas, Canada in Sudan and many more books. He lives in Ottawa.

Book Details

Paperback
April 2025
6x9 in
248 pp
9781459755079
ePub
April 2025
-
248 pp
9781459755086
ePub
April 2025
-
248 pp
9781459755093