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Re(5): Bush Fires

Mick, I agree that charity begins at home and I do not agree with the virtual gifting of the C130H aircraft to Indonesia. As for the effectiveness of the aerial firefighting aircraft such as the DC10 and the C130's currently in Australia I am not convinced they are the answer as far as your, and my, concerns over protecting the populace. They will certainly improve the situation, but their effectiveness is limited by the need to return for re-loading of retardant after every dump. Unlike the Erickson Heavy Helicopter, and other rotary winged aircraft which can draw water rapidly from any suitable storage source the fixed wing aircraft almost always will have much higher turnaround times between dumps. Between arsonists and lightning strikes numerous bush fires will occur each and every year. I doubt even a similar density of fire fighting aircraft such as exists in the USA would guarantee any more safety for us. Less interference, by Greenies and other conservationists, in the conduct of fuel reduction burn-offs and tree clearance from hazardous areas coupled with more RFS personnel and better provision of firefighting vehicles and equipment would certainly be helpful. Less financial support for other countries would certainly leave more for spending in country.


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