16.12.14Posted by Jeanne
With today's Fire Danger Rating map looking like this, we can't help but be grateful for our local firies, as well as some of their amazing equipment.
On the weekend, Jemimah, her daddy and I had the opportunity to view the Bell 412 firebombing helicopter that has been stationed just outside of town along with its crew in recent weeks. It is sorta comforting knowing that it is there today, you know.
The helicopter can hold up to 1400 litres of water and is designed for fast deployment and refuelling, as well as providing access that would be impossible by road. It can fill its tank in less than a minute, and dump it in a second or two.
We haven't had a serious fire in this area for several years, but they do happen, and days like today are potentially disastrous.
Thanks to our Firefighters. We really appreciate you.