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Scooper drops on a truck fire

When an 18-wheeler crashed into a road grader and caught fire in northern Canada on July 29, an air tanker was called in to help prevent the fire from spreading farther into the vegetation. This video was shot on a cell phone by Shawn Noseworthy, a manager with Humber Valley Paving, who was part of a work crew on site when the crash occurred about 30 miles from Churchill Falls, a town of 650 residents.

Here are a couple of screen grabs — the video is below.

Scooper drop on truck fire

Scooper drop on truck fire

According to the Daily Mail:

The Royal Newfoundland and Labrador Constabulary says the driver of the tractor-trailer rig slammed head-on into the road grater. He was trapped inside as the big rig caught fire, but the grater driver managed to pull the big rig driver to safety. He was taken to Goose Bay-Happy Valley and treated for non-life-threatening injuries at the hospital.

I am not sure if it’s a CL-215, CL215T, or CL-415. I can’t see any winglets at the end of the wings, but I think there are some ‘finlets‘ – two vertical stabilizers on each side of the horizontal tail surface. The presence of both would indicate either a turbo-converted CL-215 or a CL-415. In the audio, it sounds like turbine engines.


Thanks go out to Tristan.

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11 thoughts on “Scooper drops on a truck fire”

  1. Definitely a CL-415. From 28-33 seconds in the video, you can see the winglet on the port side wing. Also, most certainly the turbo-props.

    Fine job, lads.

  2. How is the Federal fixed wing air program coming along? Dispatching an tanker to a vehicle fire? What is next, a structure fire in the wild lands during the summer (dry) months? I thought Cal Fire was the only agency wanting to stop fires before they escape. Guess I was wrong. Good work and decision making up North.

  3. Johnny

    At least CalFire and the buoyzz up North have a sense of all risk / all hazard missions

    When you are out on the back 40 of Canada…….Nine, count em , 9 studies are not even needed when something just has to be done.

    We down here in the Lower 48 could learn a thing or two “aboot” TRUE all risk / all hazard operations to serve these very purposes.

    YUP Jet A is expensive and so is the CL415…but the Canucks did not have to run to RAND with $480K to pooopooo scoopers……

    If you catch my drift….

  4. Good on the crews involved! Quick and creative.-eh?
    Just lost a good Canadian friend last year. Miss his
    “eh” punctuation..

  5. Yes Johnny, you’re absolutely correct. ‘Something had to be done”.
    Can’t believe the ‘critics’ comments. Great job guys.

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