The province has got some new equipment with wildfire season here.

"A new water-scooping air tanker has arrived in Saskatchewan, just in time for wildfire season."

FvP0yZJWYAII2MT.jpg The Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency (SPSA) has invested in a CL-215T air tanker to provide a stronger wildfire response in the province. (Scott Moe on Twitter)

The new CL-215T, will replace the obsolete CL-215 in the SPSA's aerial wildfire suppression fleet. It will join a fleet of air tankers and bird-dog planes as part of its wildfire and grassfire fire response program. 

"Our government's strategic investment into our air operations protects the people, property and resources of Saskatchewan," Corrections, Policing and Public Safety Minister Christine Tell said. "The investment of $37.3 million will allow our responders to better protect, lives, communities, major infrastructure and other values."

SPSA President and Fire Commissioner Marlo Pritchard said that with the wildfire season just beginning, this expansion means that wildfire responders and resources will be strengthened when protecting our province, especially in the north."

vP0xaSXoAA2Viw.jpg "Aircrafts play an important role in Saskatchewan's wildfire management program."

The new aircraft was purchased and refurbished by De Havilland Aircraft of Canada according to the provincial release, as the providers are proud to work with our government on these efforts.

It's stated the new unit can go approximately 329 KPH and collect around 1,200 gallons of water for an open water source in about 10 seconds. It was also shared how the SPSA is a Treasury Board Crown that provides public safety services including fire safety training, investigation, emergency planning, response, recovery and emergency communications. The Agency operates Sask911, SaskAlert and the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre.