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From its Abbotsford Fraser Valley base,
Campbell Helicopters serves Canada's forests

by Jerry W. Bird, Wing Span Magazine


...When he launched his career a few decades ago, Bruce Campbell probably hadn't the faintest idea of being in the helicopter business, or even in the aviation industry. So how did he end up getting totally involved with a helicopter fleet operation, fighting forest fires across Canada? In his other life, that which occurred prior to 1987, Bruce was an aspiring Canadian banker, starting off in Montreal, Quebec with the Bank of Montreal, then moving on to Toronto, Ontario, where he became Senior Vice President, Corporate Credit.

He later returned west to BC's Lower Mainland in a similar capacity. Being born and raised in Chilliwack, 20 minutes east on the Trans Canada Highway from Abbotsford Airport, Bruce was familiar with this airport's strategic location, its history, huge potential and various claims to fame. Since forming Campbell Helicopters, which occupies a large Quonset -style building that overlooks Abbotsford Airport's busy runway area, he has been involved in Seismic work and even Heli-skiing. However, the main thrust of company operations is in the fire fighting industry, where helicopters play a major role

Forest Fire Web Sites / Canadian Wildfire

Integrated Fire Fighting Force
Campbell's fleet of helicopters, on call throughout the hot dry season, is manned by a crew of pilots that closely resembles a United Nations force of tried and true veterans; their leader is Operations Manager Adolf Hahn. Some pilots were with the Canadian and US military, while others began their careers in the armed forces of Germany, South Africa, Vietnam and a variety of other countries.

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