Tanks bolster RFS aerial fire fighting capabilities
THE AERIAL fire fighting capabilities of the Rural Fire Service will be bolstered by the addition of two 120,000 litre tanks at Casino airport.
Rural Fire Service Northern Rivers Superintendent Michael Brett said the $40,000 tanks were part of a $2.59 million funding boost aimed at reducing bushfire risks across New South Wales.
"The tanks will enhance our aviation capability as we will have an additional supply of 240,000 litres from the two tanks," he said.
"Although we do have tanks on site at the airport now, it will bolster our capability having water and retardant available to go.
"We can call aircraft in at the drop of a hat and have everything ready to pump into an aircraft so we can have a quick turnaround fighting fires before they start to escalate."
Supt Brett said one tank will be used to hold water, while the other will contain retardant.
"If there was an issue with water supply where we couldn't get water from out of the reticulated system, we've got these tanks on-hand, ready to go," he said.
"The tanks will give us a guaranteed back up if the town water supply crashes and we can't get water to the airport."
Supt Brett said the tanks will be delivered in the coming months.
"The tanks will be in place and plumbed into our existing system before the fire season commences in August this year," he said.