Aerial Firefighters Bolstered With Multipurpose Helicopter And New Hanger

Aerial Firefighters Bolstered With Multipurpose Helicopter And New Hanger

Western Australia Minister for Emergency Services Fran Logan

Western Australia Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson

Western Australia’s Firefighters Take To The Skies For 2017-18 Bushfire Season

Victor P Taffa

  • New multipurpose hangar in Jandakot to significantly boost support for aerial fleet
  • New air attack helicopter
  • State’s $21 Million full aerial firefighting fleet ready for summer

Western Australia’s $21 Million aerial firefighting fleet has been bolstered this bushfire season with the addition of a multipurpose helicopter and new multipurpose hangar.

Emergency Services Minister Fran Logan and Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today launched the State’s aerial fleet and the new operations base in Jandakot for the 2017-18 bushfire season.

 

“Aerial fleet plays a significant role in supporting firefighting efforts across Western Australia by quickly accessing areas that ground crews cannot reach.” Minister for Emergency Services Fran Logan said.

“Aerial suppression allows firefighters to get closer to the fire front by reducing the rate of spread.”

New multipurpose hangar means the State’s firefighting aviation services will operate under the one roof for the first time.

New base will also provide storage for specialist rescue and hazmat incident response equipment that can be rapidly deployed by air.

Multipurpose helicopter can be used for

  • Air attack supervision,
  • Heavy rescue,
  • Transporting crews and equipment to natural disasters,
  • Water bombing.

“Aerial bushfire suppression is an integral part of the State’s firefighting capacity and the McGowan Government is committed to funding and supporting the protection of Western Australia’s communities.” Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson said.

“We have provided an additional $5.5 Million in the 2017-18 Budget and have been working hard to safely undertake as much prescribed burning across Western Australia’s south-west where possible, depending on weather conditions.”

WA Minister for Environment Stephen Dawson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joint Department of Fire and Emergency Services and the Department of Biodiversity Conservation and Attractions’ aerial fleet consists of 28 rotary and fixed-wing suppression and aerial intelligence aircraft.

This includes the Erickson Aircrane, named Georgia Peach, which has returned to Western Australia after a busy season in Greece fighting fires.

Fleet is jointly funded by the State and Federal governments through the National Aerial Firefighting Centre.