Another aircraft to help fight fire

MORE Country Fire Service aircraft will be sought when the state’s aerial firefighting contract is up for renewal next year.

Seven new aircraft are being sought, including one to be based on Lower Eyre Peninsula.

CFS state aviation operations manager David Pearce said the tender process for the additional aircraft was still underway.

He said until the tender process was complete the type of aircraft and exactly where it would be based was unknown.

“The biggest thing to come out of this is the five-year funding commitment from the state government, which has provided security for ongoing aerial firefighting on the peninsula,” he said.

South Australia’s aerial firefighting resources total 17, including fixed-wing bombers, air observing platforms and a heli tanker but when the new fleet is secured it will take the state’s number of dedicated aircraft to 24.

Emergency Services Minister Chris Picton said aerial firefighting aircraft and systems continued to develop.

“This funding will ensure South Australia has access to the latest technology and resources to protect the community, assets and economy,” he said.