DGP Posted July 8, 2022 Report Share Posted July 8, 2022 On 6/24/2022 at 10:28 PM, 412driver said: one more.... Back to Canada and 1995 when I was sitting at the fire base in Lynn Lake Manitoba with a Bell 205 helicopter when a frantic call came on the radio. “Lynn Lake Fire Base, this is IA crew 27, fire 63 just took off and we need immediate evacuation!” Without needing to be told I immediately ran to my helicopter and fired it up. I had my bucket hooked up so I quickly filled it up in the lake right beside the base and I was off to the fire. I called the crew over the radio and told them to haul *** for the helipad. As I got close I could see the fire was running towards the firefighters and their camp and could see the firefighters running through the bush to the helipad. I took my bucket of water and made a fast long drop along the front of the fire. I knew I wasn't going to stop it but only needed it to slow down a little so I could pull out my guys. After my drop i landed on the pad and the guys started to pile in. I looked up at the fire and was shocked by what I saw. The fire had started to “roll” which meant it was moving fast and it was hot. Trees were literally bursting before my eyes. The next thing I knew the fire was licking at my helicopter. I started to scream to the firefighters to leave everything and get onboard. The paint on the nose of my helicopter started to bubble so I started to pull pitch and lift off. The last fire fighter dove into the machine while I was lifting off and got safely onboard. I hovered out over the lake and checked everyone was belted in and accounted for, then flew to the other side of the lake and dropped off the crew. I then went back to bucket water on the fire until the tankers could come in to knock down the flames. That night my engineer was looking at the bubbled paint and asked: “getting a little close aren't you?” “Ya” I said, “but it's not fun if it’s not a little exciting!” Had something similar...was on a fire near Leaf Rapids...we had been backburning with a drip torch...just dropped it off and we get a frantic call from a crew who was running from the fire...we grabbed some gas and blast out to the closest pad to pick them up...we are in radio contact all they way out to their location....they didn't sound happy...we land on the pad and can see the fire is heading straight towards us...all of a sudden these 3 guys burst out of the bushes and dive into the back of this jetbox...ok...we now have 5 of us in this thing and the heat is so bad I thought the front windows were going to melt...we struggle to get out of there just as the fire goes over the pad. Those guys never went back to work...they quit that day!!! 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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