TREK Wildland Services brings fire control expertise to Indonesia
British Columbia’s expertise in managing forest fires has led a B.C. company to win a contract to train workers in fire-plagued parts of Indonesia. TREK Wildland Services has trained 400 Indonesians in Sumatra and East Kalimantan to fight out-of-control forest fires using the Incident Command System (ICS), a standardized, coordinated emergency response system for fire management.
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The company, based in Parksville, British Columbia, has many years of experience in resource and emergency management operations in British Columbia and across Canada, as well as Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the Americas and Asia. TREK supplies forest resource managers with strategic planning, coaching, mentoring and leadership on fire operations. The company also helps managers integrate specialized technologies to assist in wildfire detection, reporting and response data systems.
TREK president Phil Taudin-Chabot says British Columbia has a strong international reputation in emergency fire management; the company builds on that reputation to deliver a high level of services. In addition to its own expertise, TREK works with British Columbia associates for specialized skills in related fields such as fire operations, aviation and integrated fire lands management systems.
TREK began working with Asia Pulp and Paper (APP), which manages forest lands in Indonesia, after one of APP’s sustainability officers working as a forester in British Columbia observed British Columbia’s advanced wildfire management systems. Under its Paper Excellence subsidiary, APP sells a wide variety of paper products, and owns paper mills in the British Columbia communities of Mackenzie, Chetwynd, Port Mellon (Howe Sound) and Skookumchuck.
TREK was originally awarded a three month contract by APP, which has now been extended with the B.C. company being identified as a preferred supplier.
B.C.’s Ministry of International Trade facilitated meetings between TREK and APP to bring British Columbia’s forestry management expertise to the attention of the Jakarta-based paper and packaging giant. International trade officers reviewed TREK’s proposal to APP on wildfire prevention and operational fire management and provided logistical support throughout the process.
The Ministry of International Trade assists international buyers work with British Columbia suppliers of services and products in key markets around the world. We offer contacts and support through a growing network of Trade and Investment Representatives offices, as well as our established services in Vancouver.
Posted on: June 22, 2016