A record number of firefighting aircraft have touched down in Gippsland to help protect communities and the environment from bushfires this summer.
This season’s fleet has been bolstered by the addition of a Type 1 Helitak helicopter, which will help Forest Fire Management Victoria (FFMVic), Country Fire Authority (CFA) and Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) respond quickly to fires.
FFMVic Gippsland’s Peter Brick said having 11 dedicated aircraft ready to respond should be a comfort to everyone in the region.
“These planes and helicopters give us a faster response time, especially in remote areas, which is crucial in getting on top of fires before they can spread,” Mr Brick said.
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