Wednesday, 10th May 2017 - Army and Air Corps Deployed to Assist with Fire-Fighting.

The Defence Forces have continued to support fire-fighting efforts in the vicinity of Oughterard, Co. Galway throughout the day.

49 personnel drawn from An Chead Cathlan Cois deployed to assist with fire-fighting efforts in Oughterard Co. Galway. Army personnel were operating in an Aid to Civil Authority capacity which has seen them assist with the suppression of secondary fires.

The Air Corps deployed two aircraft, the EC135 and AW139 helicopter during fire fighting operations today and yesterday. The EC135 provided a command and control element during Defence Forces operation's while the AW 139 helicopter, fitted with a specialist under slung Bambi Bucket, dropped water on affected areas. The Air Corps dropped 158,500litres of water over the past 48 hours. This is in addition to the 42,000 litres dropped during fire-fighting operations in the Ox Mountains on the 06th May 2017.

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Press Release Date: Wednesday, 10th May 2017

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