Aerial Attack Fire-Fighting
Using helicopters for aerial attack fire-fighting can get ahead of wildfires, preventing them spreading further out of control, protecting habitats, water sources, people & wildlife.
The flexibility & speed of helicopters can be brought to task where conventional ground-based assets struggle to reach.
We can vary attack methods according to the scene on the ground, whether it be bulk-drop to try and quell hot-spots (typical with moorland peat fires, when the burn has penetrated underground), or drop along a fire-line to help prevent surface spread.
We can also mist to help ground teams get in closer to the fire line, protecting them in what is already tough conditions.
Saddleworth Moor Wildfires - June 2018
We were recently called in to assist the emergency services fight the wildfires on Saddleworth Moor. For 2 days that week, we were the only aerial asset available to landowners and Fire & Rescue teams to help prevent further spread of this terrible incident.
The videos below show the fire-front upon our arrival on scene on the first full morning, a front that stretched nearly 3km at that time, and our water pick-up from Chew Reservoir:
Based at the Chew Reservoir, we were able to assist the ground teams with preventing the fire spreading further east, into a large area of restored moorland.
We were also able to provide aerial suppression of the many "hot-spots" where the fire had penetrated down in to the peat substrate, where it would otherwise continue to burn hot, often able to reignite within hours, or overnight, if left unattended.
The link below was taken on behalf of Sky News and shows the extent of the challenges faced by all teams involved:
Our own compilation from some behind-the-scenes footage: