Time is critical in the control of bushfires. Fast initial attack quickly assists in minimizing the size of a fire. Fixed-wing aircraft can quickly lay down retardant lines & suppress fires with foam/gel to slow the spread, giving ground crews the much needed time and space to extinguish fires.
Firefighting is both a battle and a team effort. Meet three members of the aerial attack team:
The Air Tractor AT-802F is built for attacking fires large and small – not only as an initial attack firefighter but also for extended duties supporting ground crews. It combines agility, performance, high-reliability and pinpoint accuracy with a versatility to operate over difficult terrain.
The RJ85 Large Air Tankers have proven themselves time and again. With a tank capacity of 12,500 litres and able to cruise at over 700 km/hr, the RJ85 Air Tanker can reach a fire ground quickly and drop a large and accurate retardant line with a selectable coverage level to suit the fire type. The RJ85 is capable of gel and foam application.
The Dash 8-400AT airtanker is fast, efficient and flexible and is the most modern airtanker in the world today. Featuring an external 10,000 litre tank with the ability to drop retardant, water, or foam/gel, via a proprietary Retardant Delivery System (RDS), capable of multiple, constant-flow coverage levels from a single, controlled-flow release over wildfires.