They are some of the unsung heroes who you never actually see, like the pilots who fly dangerous missions trying to extinguish wildfires. And this summer was a particularly busy one. On this edition of This is BC, Jay Durant catches up with the team coming home.

Conair Aviation groups are coming home this week. Another long, grueling wildfire season means they’ve missed out again on any summer fun most of us get to experience.

It means long periods away, missing time with friends and family. “Connecting with the kids,” firefighting pilot Andrew Bailes told Global News.

“You always miss that first day of school and the moments you want to have.” Fellow pilot Troy Rennie said luckily they have good spouses and partners who support what they do.