Has Shock and Awe ever been used in firefighting? Probably not, as fires aren't really bothered by the psychological effects implicit in Shock and Awe warfare. But if any form of firefighting qualified for that well known military doctrine, it'd be aerial firefighting, as proven by this video of what looks like a Canadair CL-215 (we could be wrong, tell us in the comments) tackling a vehicle fire in the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

As CarScoops points out, using a water bomber to put out a vehicle fire is like bringing a Howitzer to a knife fight, but due to the extremely isolated location of the accident authorities were concerned that a firetruck couldn't get to the scene in time to contain the blaze. Hence the airplane. The accident, involving a grader and semi truck didn't result in any fatalities, but it did close the remote Trans-Labrador Highway for some time.

Take a look at the full video below.


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      nmbr55
      • 2 Years Ago
      Very well trained team to be able to nail the target that well on the first go-around.
      Doug
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome. Perfect aim.
      Karl_T
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ok, well then.... I'd say that took care of it.
      Derek
      • 2 Years Ago
      CL 215 is close, but uses radial engines, not turbo props. This is a CL 415.
      btulliani
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sweet!! Canadian and proud!!!
      ghetto2315
      • 2 Years Ago
      Smokey The Bear approves of this video
      Kent Kangley
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want to know how the grader and the truck managed to collide in the first place. It looks like they were the only moving vehicles within 50 kilometers, and yet they managed to find and crash into each other.
      Mike W1514
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't know if it worked. Video should have been longer. My guess is the camera man ran for cover.
      SFGiantsFan35
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the winglets indicate its a Bombardier 415 (formerly Canadair CL-415) SuperScooper ;)
      RobGcf
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why is it that so few people are able to operate a video camera (phone, camera, whatever) without managing to shake it all over the place and constantly zoom in and out?
        jtav2002
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RobGcf
        Perhaps you should host a webinar on how to properly take amateur video with a cell phone.
      Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      This idiot could not film a few seconds more so I could see how succesful the drop was? 42 seconds of waiting, and not 1 second for results?
      Time
      • 2 Years Ago
      First world problem: They were worried a fire truck couldnt get there fast enough so they used...a PLANE :O
        Brex
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Time
        First World solution. ;-)
          dawindbag
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Brex
          Rich, those words....they do not mean what you think they mean.
        Rob K
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Time
        Time is that little African kid from that one MEME that has been going around on Facebook forever. \"So, you\'re telling me that you have so much water that you dump it from airplanes?!\"
        Rob J
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Time
        I'm shocked it hasn't been pointed out to you but getting that fire out ASAP would have been a priority so that it didn't start a much larger forest fire. Duhhhhhhh
        Dyson
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Time
        When you're dealing with a dirt "highway" that connects communities that are hundreds of kilometres apart, a firetruck may definitely not be the quickest solution. Also, with the serious problem Labrador has had with forest fires this summer, I can imagine they would want this out by the quickest means possible.
        LXbuilder
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Time
        Yep, you really need a map "Time".
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