Saturday, September 17, 2011


The Defence Forces have deployed Army and Air Corps assets to assist fire-fighting efforts in the North West of the country today. An Air Corps AW 139 helicopter fitted with a specialist under slung Bambi Bucket is currently dropping water on fires in the Dungloe area. The Bambi bucket has a capacity of 1,200 litres. A second with a fire safety qualified Army Engineer on-board is currently in the air over Donegal and North West Mayo. The Army Engineer is providing advice and information to the fire fighting effort on the ground based on an assessment of the fires from the air. A third helicopter is currently being prepared for deployment to the Foxford / Pontoon area of North West Mayo in order to assist in fire fighting efforts in that location. This helicopter will also be fitted with a Bambi bucket. (Photo: Irish Air Corps)

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