Conair Group Inc. of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, formerly known as
Conair Aviation, is a company specializing in retrofitting firefighting aircraft,

Callsign: Fireguard

Callsign—Fireguard
Founded April 1969
Fleet size: 56

onair Group Inc. of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, formerly known as Conair Aviation, is a company specializing in retrofitting firefighting aircraft, maintaining customer and company-owned aircraft and aerial firefighting. Conair currently[when?] employs over 250 staff and has a fleet of aircraft that are broken down into two categories; air attack (a.k.a. bird dog), and airtankers (a.k.a. waterbombers). Conair specializes in fire management support by providing services and products to forest protection agencies around the world. In 1996 Conair became a Canadian Air Tractor dealer for the AT-802F air tanker.[3] A former Conair Group division; Cascade Aerospace was acquired by the IMP Group of Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2012.

Fleet size

Aero Commander 690  Commander 690, 9
Air Tractor AT-802 23 AT-802, AT-802A Air Tanker, nine of which have amphibious scooping capability. Listed at the Conair site as the Air Tractor AT802 Amphib, Air Tractor 802AF and
Avro RJ85 3 Avro RJ85 Jet air tanker, listed at Conair as the Avro RJ85 AT
Canadair CL-215 4 CL-215T Turboprop powered air tanker with scooping capability, listed at Conair as the Canadair CL215T
Cessna 208 Caravan 6 208B Grand Caravan Bird dog, listed at Conair as Cessna Caravan C208B
Cessna CitationJet 1 Cessna 525 Bird dog, listed at Conair as the Citation Jet C525
Convair CV-240 family 9 Convair CV-340, Convair CV-440 Air tanker. All CV-340 and CV-440 were converted into the CV-580 turboprop. Listed at Conair as Convair CV580
De Havilland Canada Dash 8 3 DHC-8-402 Air tanker
Lockheed Electra 1 L-188A Turboprop air tanker

Conair's air attack aircraft, more commonly known as "bird dogs", are aircraft that contain the pilot and Air Attack Officer. The bird dogs ensure the runs to be made by the laden airtankers are safe and free of obstructions. The crew inside the bird dog determine the run locations and drop types to be made, coordinate the aerial action with the ground crews if present and control the airspace around the fire. These aircraft are always used in conjunction with the airtankers.