May 09, 2016

SHOCKING: Here’s why Canada’s largest water bomber wasn’t “available” to fight wildfire in Fort Mac

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

(May 10 UPDATE: CLICK HERE for Sheila Gunn Reid's LATEST report on this shocking story, with even more troubling details.)

The Martin Mars is Canada’s largest water bomber. It’s staged at Sproat Lake BC, a short flight away from Fort McMurray and could have been used in the fight against the massive wildfire nicknamed “The Beast” by Fort Mac fire chief Darby Allen. But it wasn’t.

The bomber wasn't there because the company that owns it wasn't asked by Alberta government officials to make it available to fight fires in Alberta.

In response to a deluge of questions from concerned people wondering why the company hasn't sent their massive water bomber to help, Coulson Flying Tankers released this statement:

“Firstly, if there was a request by the Alberta Government to contract the Martin Mars, we would do everything in our power to support the request. In fact, we have offered one of our C-130's that could be made available immediately, to the Alberta Government however they currently do not see a need for it at the moment. We have our crews for it on standby, regardless. Next to the Mars at 7200 US gallons, our C-130's are the largest propeller driven air tankers in the world with a 4400 US gallon capacity. Secondly, in the firefighting business it is the government that has operational control of the aircraft. No aircraft operator in the world can simply go and put out a fire, even if they wanted to and if someone ever did, they would be facing serious criminal charges.The Mars is currently going through it’s yearly inspection. Based on the fact no government has any interest whatsoever in the aircraft fighting fire, we have decided to take the Mars to the Oshkosh Air Show in late July in hopes of finding another business or home for it, keeping it somewhat operational.”

So the bomber was ready and available for the Alberta government to hire to fight the fire. But it wasn’t contracted.

Premier Notley said that “every single resource that is needed to fight that fire will be dedicated no holds barred.” Sure. Except contracting the Martin Mars when it was available and the C130 bomber and flight crew that Coulson Flying Tankers is offering. The government hasn’t taken them up on their offer of help because they do not see the need.

If there’s no need for extra tankers in Fort Mac, when will there ever be a need? It’s important to note that later on that day, after that exchange, after being accused by the Premier of fear mongering, Brian Jean's own house burned down in the fire at Fort Mac.

But it gets even worse as I show how we know the Premier isn't telling the truth. We know from what the Coulson Flying Tankers said. Notley flat out lied. She lied to the face of a man trying to save his community. There aren't as many water bombers on contract this year as last. And Notley certainly isn’t using “that and more” as she says to fight the fires.

In fact, now we know she hasn’t taken Coulson Flying Tankers up on their offer of the C-130 and even if the government tried to hire the Martin Mars, they can’t. Not anymore because the government didn't heed the warnings that this would be an early and fierce wildfire season and contract with the appropriate amount of tankers. It’s too late. They're gone and working somewhere else. The bomber companies are now left doing what they can to pay the bills, whether that’s going to an airshow in Wisconsin or taking contracts in the states to fight fires. They’re just trying to make sure they still have a company to operate next year to fight fires. Who can blame them? I don’t.

I’m a small c conservative. There aren’t a lot of things I think government should do. But wildfire management is one of them. Keeping fires from burning your house down seems like one of those public safety things we could be okay expecting government to do for us.

Last year the province spent $500 million on wildfires, when only $200 million was budgeted. The department is consistently underfunded. Notley underfunded it again, so badly that tankers are going elsewhere.

In all the government spending Alberta does, the highest per capita in the country, the place Rachel Notley saw fit to cut was wildfire management. She didn’t make a single cut to bureaucracy in health and government. Not a penny in inefficiency could be found there.

The only places she could cut?

Agriculture and the safety of Alberta’s forest communities.

(May 10 UPDATE: CLICK HERE for Sheila Gunn Reid's LATEST report on this shocking story, with even more troubling details.)

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commented 2016-05-09 23:47:05 -0400
I live at Gregoire lake and on May 2, when the fire was small I watched 4 small float planes doing runs to and from the lake to town… The next day May 3rd the explosive day those 4 planes were no where to be seen… They were replaced by 2 Bigger planes with the belly style water collection.. And I only saw those do 2 runs…

When I drove to town at 1:30ish you could see 2 helicopters working and no planes…

She is a lying bitch and when Brian Jean gets back to work I hope he f&@king nails her to the wall!!!!!!
commented 2016-05-09 23:31:53 -0400
Daryl, please give some thought to your comments. Phuck, and Libtard and idiot do not add much to the discussion.
commented 2016-05-09 23:25:59 -0400
@ Jay Kelly commented 1 hour ago
Jay – go and Phuck yourself! – you know absolutely nothing and yet always you are the expert on everything! Go comment on CBC where you belong you Libtard idiot!! Hope I never run into you – as that is what it’ll be!
commented 2016-05-09 23:20:27 -0400
This lunatic Nutley is in line for a very large & severe lawsuit! For Criminal negligence and for outright LYING!
Another point needs to be made – there are 1000s of us fire-fighters sitting watching this all go down – and what happens – they -the Alberta government is bringing in fire-fighters from the east & MEXICO and we all sit unemployed!!!! This is an outrageous act of contempt by the Nutley NDPiggers! First the bitch puts us all out of work -Then outsources the manpower to foreign entities!
And yes Deborah, there is a very likely possibility this fire was purposefully set – hopefully I will not run into a “climatard” any time soon – they will wish they had changed their stupid minds long ago!! It is also being considered an act of terrorism – which given the friends these idiots keep is a possibility.
It is high time that a Non-Confidence vote be taken and these criminals need to be put down & jailed!
commented 2016-05-09 23:09:42 -0400
Jay Kelly, do us a favour, read the article!!!!! They offered the C130. That is not someone who is in a snit!!!!!!!!!!!!
commented 2016-05-09 22:28:38 -0400
DAVID WHITE, please do us a favour. Your comments would be better read if you use a bit of proper punctuation. If you want to use an exclamation point use one, not twelve (!).
commented 2016-05-09 22:24:17 -0400
Keep on them SHEILA
Can you imagine if there was no REBEL , 2/3rds of Alberta would have allredy would have been sacrificed to the Ecco earth society and their Marxist God and superpac Arab handlers
commented 2016-05-09 22:21:30 -0400
I’m sure she took some lessons from the drama queen his-her self, Mme. TrudQ. What a performance. She exudes a sleazy arrogance that urges one to PUKE. Add that misfit band of merry pranksters masquerading as a cabinet to the mix and there you have it. An unmitigated mess!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
commented 2016-05-09 22:01:57 -0400
Is anyone truly surprised by this?

80% cut in forest fire budget but yet able to hire 2000 new civil servants. The NDP surely knows how to budget and what it’s priorities must be.

Its just a matter of time before people begin rioting in the streets.
commented 2016-05-09 21:58:00 -0400
Peter, thank you for your kind comments.

I guess that is the danger with the kind of language used on “The Rebel”: leftist, rightest, troll, bigot, etc., etc., .

In Northern Alberta a number of fire-fighting forces came together, and I cannot list them all here, who laboured long and hard to fight this fire, and who are continuing even into tonight and the days ahead.

The least we can do — we who are not on the ground — is to affirm them and top acknowledge their good work.
commented 2016-05-09 21:34:02 -0400
Jay Kelly, you are starting to frighten me. This is yet another intelligent post that you have made. Alright, who are you and what have you done with our socialist troll?
commented 2016-05-09 21:02:32 -0400
Ouch! Someone at the privately owned Coulson Flying Tankers is in a snit. Here is the biggest fire catastrophe perhaps in the history of the West and they were not invited, just because their big-boy water bomber was undergoing its annual safety inspection.

They have to learn that an emergency like the Fort MacMurray fire takes fast and decisive action — by those willing to cooperate and take commands.

As it happens, fire-fighters from many departments, helicopters from a variety of services, plus police, plus Canadian Armed Forces, mobilized quickly and effectively.

80, 000 people were asked to leave their homes, and they did so safely, with flames even licking the sky nearby. That is an accomplishment that is rarely done in human history. More often such a disaster brings on huge suffering and death.

All those involved in the fire-fighting efforts should be congratulated. To the private “Coulson Flying Tankers”: always be prepared.
commented 2016-05-09 20:31:56 -0400
Nero, Trudeau, Notley… all in the same class.
commented 2016-05-09 20:31:20 -0400
As the fire closed in on Fort Mac, Brian Jean pleads with Notley in question period on her cuts to the fire management budget. the cancelling of contracts, and shrinking of the water bomber ability on standby. Notley mocks him saying he needs to learn how a budget works, insinuates he is a liar, and calls him a fear monger. Only hours later Brian Jeans house, along with hundreds of others burn to the foundations in Fort Mac.
commented 2016-05-09 20:03:45 -0400
I’m beginning to think that this fire was intentionally set. This is negligence on Notley’s part, and she chose to slash the fire budget, so that she can continue with her union hiring frenzy. How does she even sleep at night?
commented 2016-05-09 19:52:39 -0400
Notley was just doing what all Marxist do best and that is to destroy peoples lives.

I don’t know how old she is but the day she was conceived was a bad day for Canada.

She should be put in front of a Tribunal and if found irresponsible should be charged with negligence, causing destruction of property.
commented 2016-05-09 19:48:22 -0400
I am getting the sense that Justine T. is as glad that Alberta is on fire in the same sense that the queer Bathhouse Barry in Washington would be in there was a massive natural disaster in Texas.
Both are effeminate, Mooslim loving, border hating, nationalism hating bisexual apes.
They look like they are about to bend each other over when they are photographed together.
commented 2016-05-09 19:44:36 -0400
Donald Allen,

I would suggest that the Leader of the Opposition has more important things on his mind, like the welfare of his constituents and where he is going to call home.

McIver is just an urbanite like Notley, so like her could give a rodent’s copulated backside about MacMurray.

The other two parties are just Non Democrat Party Wanna-be’s.

Hope that answers your question,

commented 2016-05-09 19:30:28 -0400
The Russian government offered their giant IL-76 water bombers to the Trudeau government. Trudeau ignored this generous offer.
commented 2016-05-09 19:27:27 -0400
There doesn’t seem to be any words or actions being taken by the opposition parties to hold the witch Notley accountable. Where are they?
commented 2016-05-09 19:22:24 -0400
I heard a rumor today from someone who knows Alberta that Russia has offered to send water bombers…………………
commented 2016-05-09 19:22:14 -0400
“but this Notley bitch is going to get away from it. "

should read

“but this Notley bitch is going to get away with it.”
commented 2016-05-09 19:21:26 -0400
Sheila, thank you for revealing this!

I wish we could do something about it, but this Notley bitch is going to get away from it.

And even worse is that the mains stream media will not report on this, but at least TheRebel does actual journalism.
commented 2016-05-09 19:20:01 -0400
The evidence against Notley continues to mount.
commented 2016-05-09 19:17:01 -0400
Notley fiddled while Alberta burned!
commented 2016-05-09 19:08:30 -0400
The Non-Democrats are not evil, but stupid. They have a forestry minister that would not know a forest if he was lost in it, much less know it was made of trees. The government is simply composed of stupid incompetents.

The only one with some competence is the invisible energy minister. I drove yesterday from Ft St John through a part of her riding with evacuation notices, since alleviated due to cold, wet and snow. Where the hell is she in this discussion besides topping her teacher pension income.
commented 2016-05-09 19:07:37 -0400
Great reporting.

Keep your heel on the throat of this pathological liar and crackpot dipper leftwing ideology; and press down harder every time their lips move.

Hopefully the fire cuts into the NDP Liberalish windmill building budget, which would be a bigger waste of money than the largest destructive fires Canada has ever seen.

And you have the most awesome tshirts!

commented 2016-05-09 19:06:18 -0400
I remember the Mars tanker had issues getting operational in B.C. last year as well. That being said, the fire fighting budget should have been a high priority. It is not as if you can get a C130 on a simple phone call – there are a lot of other jurisdictions with just as high a forest fire risk as Alberta and the tankers will prioritize the jurisdiction that signs a contract over others.
commented 2016-05-09 19:04:27 -0400
And even now Trudumbass is refusing help offered from other nations. The stupid bitch and her provincial counter part (not a typo, turdumbass is a her) should be incarcerated for thier lying bungling and general mismanagement of everything under their purview.