The owner of the Martin Mars says despite a contract with the Chinese government, the world’s largest water bomber is available at any time to aid in the fight against Kelowna’s Westside Road wildfire that is threatening 70 homes.
Wayne Coulson says the bomber made a big impact on the Akokli Creek fire near Nelson last weekend.
“We scooped nine loads in two hours and dropped 200,000 litres of foam and then we flew home, so not many airplanes on the planet that can do that.”
Coulson says despite a contract with the Chinese government to train pilots this week on Sprout Lake, the Mars is available for deployment to Kelowna’s Westside Road fire, which is threatening 70 homes, if they get the phone call…
“It is serviceable, it’s ready to go to work, we are all trained up, we performed extremely well in Nelson, whatever our customer requires, and where they want us to be, and we will be.”
“The aircraft has been available on call to the forest service this past week, and we worked through an accommodation between the Chinese government and the BC forest service that if the aircraft was needed, it would be available.”
The B.C. Wildfire Service says the Mars isn’t needed in Kelowna right now.
More than $240,000 has already been spent on the contract for the Mars.