Third generation family businesses with a primary focus on aerial firefighting.
World leaders in technology and innovation.
“In 1960, Cliff Coulson settled in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island. Back then, the family business was timber. Cliff had served on a tank crew with the Canadian Army in World War II and built on his experience working with armored vehicles and road-building equipment in Normandy.”
The origin of the Coulson Group of Companies is a history of logging in British Columbia since the 1930s. After serving in World War II, Cliff Coulson returned to his roots in British Columbia, Canada where he began working in the Forest Industry. After working various jobs in the industry, Cliff founded Coulson Forest Products Ltd. in 1960.
Under the leadership of Cliff’s son, Wayne Coulson, what was once a small logging company has evolved into a conglomerate of companies working in a variety of industries including; aviation, manufacturing, logging, dining, gaming and environmentally friendly cleaning technology.
Now, alongside his two sons, Britton and Foster, Wayne is steering the Coulson Group as they continue their quest to “find a better way” with their ever-expanding innovation and technological breakthroughs.
Safety, sustainability, viability, and environmentally responsible, are key values of the Coulson Family as they grow their businesses locally and abroad.
Our approach to business is simple. Honesty, integrity, and safety are the guiding principals that underpin everything we do. We always ask two key questions; “How can we help the most, and how can we do it better?”
Over 60 years of innovation and diversification.
Coulson Forest Products (CFP) is founded by Cliff Coulson and soon after focuses on environmentally responsible timber harvesting.
Coulson Forest Products is granted its first forest license for the Toquart Bay area, continuing their mission to enhance post harvesting reforestation processes.
CFP acquires a second forest license and forms a joint venture company with the Ehattesaft Band called Hecate Logging.
Wayne Coulson moves into the position of General Manager to oversee logging operations.
Coulson Aviation is founded by the Coulson Family in Port Alberni, B.C., Canada
Coulson Manufacturing is founded to launch the Coulson’s wood product(s) manufacturing division.
Coulson Aviation USA is founded to provide aerial fire suppression aircraft to the United States Forest service.
High Margin Processing (HMP) and Coulson Specialties (CSL) are founded to produce value added lumber products.
CFP acquires a 3rd forest license and forms a joint venture company with the Toquaht First Nations called E-cha-peh Forest Resources Ltd.
Coulson Aero Technologies is founded to overhaul aircraft components.
Executive Transport Airways is founded in conjunction with Helijet International.
Britton Coulson joins the family business, starting in the aviation division.
Coulson Forest Products partners with 5 First Nation bands to purchase a TFL-54 (Tree Farm License). A tree farm license (TFL) is an area-based tenure that grants exclusive rights to harvest timber, manage, and conserve forest resources within a defined area of land.
Coulson Flying Tanker is founded with the purchase of the largest water bombers in the world, The Martin Mars.
Coulson Group of Companies partners with 52 local charities to build and operate a community dining and gaming center called Chances Rimrock.
Foster Coulson joins the family business, starting in the forest products division.
Coulson Aviation PTY is founded to support Coulson’s aerial fire suppression activities in Australia.
Coulson Cedar is founded to manufacture the world’s first environmentally friendly engineered cedar siding products.
Coulson Aviation hits a milestone with the purchase of its first C-130 Hercules aircraft for the purpose of modifying for aerial firefighting missions.
Coulson acquires a 4th C-130 Hercules for modification(s) to an aerial firefighting tanker.
Coulson acquires 6 Boeing 737-300 aircraft for modification in the Coulson FIRELINER™ development initiative.
Coulson Aviation begins night aerial firefighting tests in Australia.
Coulson Aviation carries out first test drops with their modified 737 (now known as a Coulson FIRELINER™) in San Bernardino, California.
Coulson Aviation purchases 5 C-130H transport planes from the Norwegian Defense Materiel Agency for the purpose of custom modification into aerial firefighting tankers.
Coulson Aviation operates some of their 1st night aerial firefighting missions in Ballarat, Australia using night vision goggles, laser guidance tech, and custom modified supervisor helicopters.
Coulson Aviation is selected by the United States Air Force to install their RADS-XXL Firefighting System on the C-130 Hercules aircraft.
Pentagon announces Coulson Aviation is awarded a $53 million CDN contract with the U.S. Department of Defense to equip seven Lockheed Martin C-130 aircraft with firefighting equipment.
Coulson Aviation is awarded a 5 year aerial firefighting contract for their Boeing 737 FIRELINER™ aircraft by the United States Forest Service (USFS).
Australia’s NSW Rural Fire Service awards the operation and maintenance of their recently acquired B-412 fleet, as part of an existing 10-year contract with Coulson Aviation PTY.
Coulson Aviation is awarded its first aerial firefighting contract in Asia Pacific. with the BNPB (Indonesian National Board for Disaster Management).
For the first time, all Coulson aircraft are in service at the same time, fighting fires, and delivering close to 5 million gallons of water and/or retardant in the month of August alone.
Coulson Aviation purchases 4 Cessna Citation II C550 jets for conversion to aerial firefighting intelligence (“Birddog”) aircraft.
Coulson Aviation provides emergency firefighting support to Bolivia, as wildfires threaten villages.
Coulson Aviation becomes the largest aerial firefighting operator in Chile, and the 1st to be permitted to conduct night firefighting operations in Chile.
Coulson Ice Blast expands market reach with partnership deals in countries such as Korea, Malaysia, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Australia, Lebanon, the United States, and more.
Coulson family, and businesses, featured in Bloomberg Businessweek, highlighting ongoing aerial firefighting missions in the State of California.
Coulson Aviation is deployed to Chile for the second year in a row, fighting fires in day and night operations.
Coulson Aviation is featured in Edison Energized for their aerial firefighting technology and processes, including the newly created QRF (Quick Reaction Force) program.
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