Slovak military machine in action in a forest fire in Lower Austria

by time news

On the way to contain the forest fire in Hirschwang in the market town of Reichenau ad Rax (Neunkirchen district), fighting the flames from the air is playing an increasingly important role. A military machine from Slovakia will also be used on Sunday. According to information from the LHStv. Stephan Pernkopf (ÖVP) transport around 3,000 liters of water. Two special helicopters from Germany are also expected on Sunday.


Canadair machines are already in use

The machine complements the existing repertoire of aircraft that is provided by the armed forces and the police. The helicopter “gives us massive support with the extinguishing work,” said state fire brigade commander Dietmar Fahrafellner.

Two CL-415 Canadair aircraft from Italy will also be deployed in the airspace over the Rax area on Sunday. These were received on Saturday afternoon at Vienna Airport in Schwechat by, among others, Pernkopf, Fahrafellner, Vienna’s City Councilor Jürgen Czernohorszky (SPÖ) as well as representatives of the Ministry of the Interior and the flight police. After a technical briefing on the spot, the machines, each with a capacity of around 7,000 liters, carried out trial extinguishing operations in the forest fire area late on Saturday afternoon.

On Sunday afternoon, two more special helicopters – Sikorsky CH-53 – from Germany will join them, both with a capacity of 5,000 liters each. “We are now prepared for the next few days,” said Pernkopf.

Accessed on October 31, 2021 at 9:03 am on Einsatz-111673108

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