I know it's not strictly AusBT territory but why don't we have some serious aerial fire fighting equipment in Australia?

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qfflyer

Member since 26 May 2012

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I know it's not strictly AusBT territory but why don't we have some serious aerial fire fighting equipment in Australia?

e.g.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evergreen_747_Supertanker

I know it would be expensive however we could joint purchase with the USA with our alternating seasons. Surely this isn't out of our reach.

David

Member since 24 Oct 2010

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QFFflyer, it may not be "stricly AusBT territory" but that's why we have this part of the site, for people to bring forward all manner of topics to discuss, and I think this is a very timely topic you've raised!

moa999

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Member since 02 Jul 2011

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Question of where you fill it and how long it takes to fill it.

A chopper going to a local dam can be a lot more targeted.

In the US they use some aircraft that land and fill up on large freshwater bodies of water, but there are less of these in Australia.

johnaboxall

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Member since 24 Aug 2011

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Cost benefit analysis wouldn't work out. All that money for one tool, when the millions requried could be spread across many, many (and mostly volunteer) rural fire brigades which do a lot more all year. However chartering the thing when necessary and practical would make sense. 

watson374

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While much lower-cost, and certainly damn effective, the very direct methods of the rural fire services means a high level of danger to personnel, so I wouldn't underappreciate the need for aerial attack capability.

My layman's guess is that a larger number of smaller aircraft will probably be the superior choice.

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