Dangerous but necessary

Ministry of Forests fire crews from the Coastal Fire region were doing their annual hover training at the Qualicum Beach Airport Friday

DANGEROUS BUT NECESSARY: Ministry of Forests fire crews from the Coastal Fire region (Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast) based in Parksville were doing their annual hover training at the Qualicum Beach Airport Friday. Forest fire fighting crews who go on to battle wildfires across the continent have to be re-certified for the dangerous manoeuvre of exiting hovering helicopters when it is unable to land.

DANGEROUS BUT NECESSARY: Ministry of Forests fire crews from the Coastal Fire region (Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast) based in Parksville were doing their annual hover training at the Qualicum Beach Airport Friday. Forest fire fighting crews who go on to battle wildfires across the continent have to be re-certified for the dangerous manoeuvre of exiting hovering helicopters when it is unable to land.

DANGEROUS BUT NECESSARY: Ministry of Forests fire crews from the Coastal Fire region (Vancouver Island and south coast including the Lower Mainland) based in Parksville were doing their annual hover training at the Qualicum Beach Airport Friday. Forest fire fighting crews who go on to battle wildfires across the continent have to be re-certified for the dangerous manoeuvre of exiting hovering helicopters when it is unable to land. Please see related story inside today’s edition of The NEWS.