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Forest Service of British Columbia

British Columbia Forest Service

The British Columbia Forest Service provides fire protection for the entire Province. Covering approximately a million square kilometers the BCFS is divided into 6 fire centre's; Cariboo, Coastal, Kamloops, North West, Prince George & South East. Fire suppression is facilitated through air craft and land based crews.

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Repeater Frequencies

CHANNEL FREQUENCY
RED 163.935
PURPLE 163.965
GREEN 163.995
PINK 164.055
BLUE 164.085
ORANGE 164.145
BROWN 164.175
YELLOW 164.205
GRAY 164.235
BLACK 164.265
WHITE 162.585
FIRE A1 167.670
FIRE A2 166.710
FIRE A3 168.885

Simplex Frequencies

CHANNEL FREQUENCY
GOLD 163.830
SILVER 163.890
COPPER 164.910
NICKEL 159.270
BRONZE 163.980
FIRE B1 169.950
FIRE B2 171.030
FIRE B3 172.050

FIRE COMMISSIONER'S CHANNEL 155.460MHz

  • This is the 'Initial Contact Frequency' for inbound aircraft and/or personnel on fires involving non-Ministry of Forests fire suppression groups and agencies
  • This channel is the 'Interagency Coordination Channel' on fire (including interface fires) involving non-Ministry of Forests fire suppress groups

Water Bombers

FREQUENCY
122.650
129.900
123.450
129.950
129.450
122.420
122.625
122.450
122.425
122.050
122.250
129.650
122.400
123.575
122.850
122.700
129.250
129.940

Forestry Radio Maps

Radio maps can be found here:

Initial Fire Report

A useful form to have handy when listening to the forest service communications is the Initial Fire Report. This is what is used to describe a fire and uses specific letters and numbers. Without the form it can be quite difficult to understand anything about the fire.

FBP Fuel Types

Often the fuel type will be described in the IFR using the Canadian Forest Fire Behavior Prediction (FBP) System. The codes are described below.

Coniferous

C1
C2
C3
C4
C5
C6
C7

Deciduous

D1

Mixedwood

M1
M2
M3
M4

Slash

S1
S2
S3

Open

O1a
01b

The Field guide to the canadian forest fire behaviour prediction (FBP) system explains this system in detail. http://www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/pubs/docs/Frh/Frh012.htm

Incident Numbers

Each fire in the province is assigned a unique incident number that is commonly used to refer to each fire. The incident number consists of one letter followed by five numbers. The letter indicates the fire centre that the fire is located in. The first number indicates the zone the fire is located in. The remaining four letters indicate the number of the fire, which increase from 0001 as fires are discovered. As an example N20716 indicates a fire in the South East Fire Centre, Cranbrook Zone, fire number 0716.

General Terms and Definitions

  • Bowser: A portable jet fuel tank
  • C&E: Compliance and Enforcement
  • IA: Initial Attack Crew
  • IC: Incident Commander
  • ICP: Incident Command Post
  • IFR: Initial Fire Report
  • PAB: Primary Attack Base
  • RAP: Rapattack
  • RWO: Regional Wildfire Officer
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