SA gets Erickson Air Crane again

SA gets Erickson Air Crane again

11 July 2010

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Australia — South Australia’s firefighting efforts will be boosted by an Erickson Air Crane this fire danger season.

The air crane, which is currently deployed in Europe, will be shipped to SA in mid December for 12 weeks, Emergency Services Minister Michael Wright says.

“During the last bushfire season, fire fighting aircraft were deployed frequently to incidents and accrued a total of 653 hours of flying time,” he said in a statement.

“Having the Erickson Air Crane based in South Australia for this year’s fire season will be of enormous help and comfort to our hard working fire fighters.

“It will complement the aerial fire fighting diversity, with a total of 15 surveillance and water bombing aircraft at our disposal, which helps accelerates response times to bushfires,” Mr Wright said.

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