Aircrafts on call for fire service

TWO specialised firefighting aircraft will soon be on call for the area's Rural Fire Service.

Regional operations manager Brian Daly said, from next week, the North Region will have an EC145 medium helicopter and a fixed-wing Air Tractor 802 based at Grafton.

“This is central to our region and they can be deployed anywhere,” Mr Daly said.

“If we get dry conditions and a high fire threat in Tweed we can deploy them to suitable airstrips up there.

“The deployment of these aircraft is significant.

“They'll provide a great asset to our volunteer firefighters, with the ability to get out there and support them quickly.”

Mr Daly said the EC145 helicopter was primarily a water-bomber but could also be used for reconnaissance.

“It's a multi-role aircraft.

“It has a fairly huge bucket as well as a winch for lowering fire-fighters into remote areas.”

He added the Air Tractor can carry 3000 litres of water and foam.

“What's special about this one is that it floats on water, can land on a straight stretch of water and refill as it motors.”

Both aircraft will be in the region for about three months.



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