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Defence Forces Support to Wildfires

Friday 13 July 2018 - Defence Forces Support to Wildfires.

Over the last 16 days the Defence Forces have deployed Air Corps helicopter assets in support of local fire services to control wildfires in remote regions.

Following requests from the civil authorities, and from the Fire Service of Northern Ireland, the Air Corps has responded to requests in Cork, Limerick, Offaly, Wicklow, Dublin and Armagh and has dropped over 620,000 litres of water using specialised equipment, making approximately 500 individual water drops.

Augusta Westland AW139 helicopters have been utilised as they can be equipped with a ‘Bambi’ bucket aerial firefighting system capable of dropping 1200 litres of water per pass. This amount of water, concentrated in a small areas, makes an immediate impact on wildfires.

The Air Corps have also provided a Eurocopter EC135 as a command and control platform and a CASA CN235 Maritime Patrol Aircraft, which is equipped with power sensors and radar, to identify other areas affected throughout Ireland.

This joint effort between the Air Corps, Army and local fire crews has resulted in damage limitation of the landscape and local properties. The Defence Forces are on stand-by and prepared to continue firefighting operations in support of our communities.

Press Release Date: Friday 13 July 2018

For Further Information contact:

Press Officer: Comdt. Pat O'Connor

Tel: 045 49 2502 , 045 49 2503

Mobile : 087 2482130

E-mail: Press Officer