Third Aircrane to join State of Victoria bushfire protection
Kestrel Aviation will take a third S-64E Aircrane heli-tanker to support firefighting efforts in the State of Victoria, Australia.
“We are proud to help protect the lives and homes of Victoria’s residents during the peak of their fire season.”
Andy Mills, vice president of Commercial Aviation Services at Erickson said: “We are proud to help protect the lives and homes of Victoria’s residents during the peak of their fire season. Already this year, our crews have been busy fighting fires in Western Australia and New South Wales.”
The third Aircrane, previously stationed in Sydney, New South Wales to fight fires, has been reassigned to Mangalore, Victoria. The Aircrane will be available as required for the remainder of the fire season.
The S-64 Aircrane heli-tanker is well known for its firefighting capability. The tank on the Aircrane can hold and drop 2,650 gallons (7,500 litres) of water on fires in a single pass.