CCC, Coulson Aircrane Ltd. to support Bolivia’s firefighting in Chiquitania

September 10, 2019

Ottawa, Ont.

The Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC) is pleased to announce it has signed an agreement with Coulson Aircrane Ltd. (Coulson) to assist the Government of Bolivia with its firefighting efforts in Chiquitania, a region of tropical savannas close to the Bolivian Amazon rainforest.  Coulson will supply a crew and three helicopters, including two Sikorsky S-61 helicopters and a custom Chinook CH-47D, to Bolivia to provide aerial firefighting capabilities.

CCC is committed to supporting efforts to address the devastating fires in the Amazon rainforest and surrounding regions. The facilitation of this contract, through CCC, is one of the most effective ways to address this urgent need.

Quick Facts

  • Chiquitania is a region of tropical savannas in the Santa Cruz Department of Bolivia, located near the Bolivian Amazon rainforest.
  • Coulson is a 60-year-old, privately owned family company based in Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada. As a global aviation company and world leader in aerial firefighting and heavy lift operations, Coulson has a diverse fleet ranging from large air tankers to large helicopters.
  • The facilitation of this transaction through CCC’s unique government-to-government contracting mechanism enabled Coulson to mitigate business risks, respond to an urgent environmental and humanitarian need and build on their existing business relationship with Bolivia.


“We are extremely pleased to support Coulson and Bolivia with their significant efforts to safeguard Bolivians and protect important ecosystems as they fight the fires in Chiquitania and the Amazon rainforest.”-Carl Marcotte, President and Chief Executive Officer, Canadian Commercial Corporation

“We are honored that the Bolivian Government has chosen to work with Coulson and appreciate the international contracting expertise and support of CCC in facilitating this urgent government-to-government transaction.”-Wayne Coulson, President and CEO, Coulson Group of Companies

“One of the world’s largest helicopters, the Chinook C-47, and two Sikorsky S-61 helicopters, all specialized fire-fighting aircraft, just arrived in Bolivia. Hired by the Government of Bolivia, they will join the military air fleet to fight against the fires in the region of the Chiquitania in Santa Cruz.”-Javier Zabaleta, Minister of Defense, Bolivia


About CCC

CCC is Canada’s government-to-government contracting organization.CCC supports the growth of international trade by helping Canadian exporters gain access to foreign government procurement opportunities. Through a unique government-to-government contracting approach, CCC positions qualified Canadian exporters to win international contracts with governments abroad, while significantly reducing the risks associated with foreign procurement.Through commercial advocacy, collaborative project development and foreign contracting expertise CCC helps Canadian exporters and foreign government buyers reduce procurement risk in key markets, including aerospace, defence & public safety, information & communication technologies, construction and infrastructure, and cleantech.

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