Petition update

Help in 10 Days! Only the Mars can directly protect communities!

Chris Alemany
Port Alberni, BC

Jul 19, 2014 — CTV News reported both bombers could be back in service in as little as ten days. Keep sharing this petition! This is about protecting your communities!!

Premier Clark said on CTV News last night in relation to the expanding fire budget. "We are not going to stop spending money because it is expensive"

7200 Gallons per drop per plane! That's compared to the 800 Gallon from the small float planes that have replaced them.

This is a question of strategy, not money. Is the current fire fighting strategy working? Perhaps the Premier should ask the residents of her West Kelowna riding.

In September 2013, after the contract was cancelled and a huge outcry ensued, the Union of British Columbia Municipalities, representing every community in BC, passed the resolution below. The Premier needs to listen to All British Columbians!! #bringbackthemars

"WHEREAS the Martin Mars water bomber has served the British Columbia Forest Service since 1960, and is the largest direct attack fire suppression
aircraft in the world and without the Mars, the British Columbia Forest
Service has no direct attack airplanes to fight urban interface wildfires;

AND WHEREAS the contract between the BC Forest Service and Coulson Group, the operator of the Mars, expired on August 31, 2013, leaving communities in BC without protection provided by the Mars:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Province of British Columbia be urged to renew the contract with Coulson Group and retain the Martin Mars waterbomber as part of its fire suppression program in the interests of its
effectiveness in direct attacks, delivery cost, its long-term utility and
its ability to create safe zones through strategic drops."

And finally, Trena Carpenter sent along this poem. A truly beautiful ode to the Mars.

The first thunder in the valley
That brought all eyes to the sky
A big majestic beauty
Overhead these planes would fly

Always ready for the call
You would hear the engines roar
A bomber off to do its job
Always left u wanting more

A red and white winged icon
People came all the way to see
way more than just a fighter
They were remarkable to see!

This year it's very eerie
There is silence overhead
The bomber sits upon the land
too expensive the province said

There's fires burning brightly
Raging out of our control
Had the bomber been around
She would have known her role

But now she sits beside her lake
No job prospect in sight
And yet her expertise is needed
So her friends started her plight

Bring back the water bomber
To keep our province clear
Of fires burning crazy
We have the resource here!

Lets hear the rumble in the valley
See that shadow from the sky
Sign the circulating petition
Remind the province why

Martin mars has served so loyal
To keep the land secure
Dropping many loads of water
To keep our precious forests pure

The first thunder in the valley
That brought all eyes to the sky
A big majestic beauty
Overhead this plane should fly