air tanker

air tanker

Rural Fire Service aircraft at RAAF Richmond

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Description

RAAF Base Richmond will be used to provide airfield support services to Large Air Tanker and Very Large Air Tanker aircraft contracted to the New South Wales (NSW) Government from 01 September 2015 to 20 January 2016, assisting with NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) efforts to combat bushfires. Defence is providing a number of services including aircraft parking and security, access to fuel and refuelling facilities, equipment storage, use of resources including water, aircrew office space, and meals and accommodation for up to 20 people, as required. Facilitating the aircraft at RAAF Base Richmond is intended to maximise aircraft utility and provide access to all areas of NSW in the event of a bushfire emergency. State and Territory Governments have primary responsibility for the protection of life, property and the environment, and for coordinating and planning an emergency response or recovery within their jurisdictions. Ground-based and aerial bush fire fighting is a highly specialised field that requires equipment and training that, in general, Defence does not possess.