This ‘SuperTanker’ can fight wildfires from up high


A 747 SuperTanker drops flame retardant on the Ponderosa Fire 30 Aug. 2017 (Credit: Reuters)

Global SuperTanker Services provides firefighting services to forest areas afflicted by wildfires. In a recent decision, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) of the US sided with Global SuperTanker Services, who had previously been limited to 5,000 gallons on air tankers that would drop their flame retardant water on affected areas.

Global SuperTanker Services challenged the Forest Service’s limitation, and won.

“We do hope we are able to assist in wildland fires wherever they are in the United States, as we have throughout the world,” president of the Global SuperTanker, Jim Wheeler said. “All we want is a fair opportunity to get in there and compete.”

The SuperTanker, which can drop 19,000 gallons of flame retardant water, could have been used to fight a number of the country’s wildfires, including the current one in California, where over 27,000 people have had to evacuate their homes.

 

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Eman Cheema

Eman studies Ethics, Society, and Law at the University of Toronto, and also minors in Philosophy and Gender Studies. When she's not teaching or lawyering every other bro on here, she's busy eating tacos.

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