Thursday 05th July 2018 - Defence Forces Support to Wildfires.

The Defence Forces have deployed Air Corps heli assets on firefighting operations for a sixth consecutive day in a bid to stop the spread of wildfires in remote regions.

Following a request from the civil authorities, the Air Corps has responded to requests in Dublin, Wicklow, Limerick, Cork, Tipperary and Offaly and has dropped approx 300,000 litres of water using specialised equipment.

Agusta Westland AW139 helicopters have been utilised as they can be equipped with a ‘Bambi’ bucket aerial firefighting system capable of dropping 1,200 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.

These operation are ongoing and the Defence Forces are prepared to continue firefighting operations in support of our communities.

Press Release Date: Thursday 05th July 2018

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