Fisheries and Land Resources

Forestry and Agrifoods

Forest Fire Protection Centre

The Forest Fire Protection Centre opened in 1986 and is located in Gander, NL. It is operated by the Eastern Region of the Regional Ecosystem Management Division, Forestry and Agrifoods Agency, Department of Natural Resources.

Forest Fire Protection Centre

The Facility has a Two-Fold Purpose:

  • Regional Forest Fire Control Centre - Coordinates communications and assignment of resources between forest fires occurring in Eastern Region
  • Provincial Forest Fire Equipment Bank - Responsible for purchasing, maintaining, storing and distributing fire equipment used for the suppression of wildfires

The Functions of the Forest Fire Protection Centre:

  • Regional Forest Fire Co-ordination
  • Helitack Crew
  • Dispatch of Aircraft for Forest Fire Suppression
  • Equipment acquisition, transfers, and maintenance
  • Provincial Hose Processing Facility
  • Meeting and training facilities

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Helitack Crew

The Forest Fire Protection Centre serves as a base for a regional Helitack Crew. This two person crew responds to forest fire reports in the central part of the Eastern Region; generally within Forest Ecosystem Management Districts 4, 5, 6 and 8. The crew also has access to a fire truck to respond to fires in and around the Town of Gander and Gander International Airport.


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Provincial Hose Processing Facility

has state of the art machinery where hose is cleaned, tested, repaired and packaged for storage and shipment. Any length hose up to 6 inches in diameter can be repaired. The Newfoundland and Labrador Hose Processing Facility is an economical alternative to the costly replacement of fire hose and couplings.


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