Bombardier Aerospace is proud to announce that it is the Gold Sponsor of the 4th International Wildland Fire Summit – Wildfire 2007 — from May 13-17, 2007, in Seville, Spain. This international summit, held at the Conference and Exhibition Centre of Seville, is expected to attract more than 1,000 representatives from around the world.
During the Wildfire 2007 summit, one of the main issues to be discussed will be the relationship between climatic change and the increased risk of forest fires. Supported by the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) Global Wildland Fire Network, experts from around the globe will attend the seminar to discuss the current wildland fire situation and formulate a global fire strategy. It will also provide participants with the latest information about fire prevention and protection technologies, products and methods.
“The Wildfire 2007 summit will address issues that are of growing concern for all nations and Bombardier Aerospace is proud to be the Gold Sponsor of this summit’s 4th edition,” said Michel Bourgeois, President, Bombardier Amphibious Aircraft. “Our Bombardier 415 aircraft plays a crucial role in the containment and suppression of fire. With an enviable proven track record in firefighting worldwide, the Bombardier 415 aircraft has been specifically designed for aerial firefighting and is the reference in the industry. It is recognized as the most effective firefighting aircraft available and is a necessary tool for firefighting agencies. In addition, we continue to invest in developing and enhancing the aircraft’s unique capabilities,” he added.
Since delivery of the first Bombardier 415 aircraft in 1994, Bombardier Aerospace has delivered 65 Bombardier 415 aircraft to firefighting agencies in Croatia, France, Greece, Italy, Ontario, Québec and Spain, with 42 aircraft in operation in the Mediterranean region. Spain operates 14 CL-215T turboprop aircraft and acquired its first Bombardier 415 in July 2006. In addition, 26 CL-215 piston aircraft remain in service fighting fires in Europe.
The Bombardier 415 aircraft has a maximum speed of 224 mph (359 km/h). In an average mission of six nautical miles (11 kilometres) distance from water to fire, it can complete nine drops within an hour and deliver 14,589 U.S. gallons (55,233 litres) of fire suppressant.
The aircraft is also being offered in a new multi-purpose version, the Bombardier 415MP, for search and rescue, maritime patrol and environmental protection. Currently, two Greek Bombardier 415 aircraft are equipped with the MP configuration.
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