Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

Aviation and Fire Management Branch

Year Inducted:1991

"The innovative thinking of the Ontario government, the pilots, air engineers and support staff has resulted in major accomplishments that have benefited Canadian aviation."

The Ontario Provincial Air Service (OPAS) was one of the earliest provincial forestry aviation services in Canada. OPAS enabled the Ontario Government's Forestry Branch to obtain an accurate inventory of the type, location and extent of its varied forest resources. Although the name has changed to the Aviation and Fire Management Branch of the Ministry of Natural Resources, today's air service still conducts many of the same duties. Some of these duties include waterbombing, wildlife census, fish and wildlife enforcement, fire detection, flood patrol and search and rescue.

Canada's Aviation Hall of Fame Glossary