Fri 10 April 2015 - Air Corps assisting with fire fighting.

An Air Corps AW139 helicopter complete with "bambi" bucket carrying 1000 litres of water, was tasked to assist with the efforts to minimise fire damage to Killarney National Park, Kerry this afternoon. The fire had spread over several kilometres due to the dry conditions.

The AW139 departed Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel at 3 pm and the operation is ongoing.

The Air Corps regularly provide assistance to local authorities, most recently when they dropped agricultural feed in rural parts of Ulster and North Leinster during severe frost in the Winter of 2013 and when they dropped 50,000 litres of water on forest fires in Donegal in May 2011.

Last year the Air Corps flew over 10,000 hours on over 5,500 missions in support of the people of Ireland, and has conducted missions throughout Ireland, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the United States.

Press Release Date: Fri 10 April 2015

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