Aerial firefighting fleet bolstered

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management

Aerial firefighting fleet bolstered

6 January 2022

Tasmania’s firefighting capacity has been bolstered with the launch of the summer aviation fleet to help keep Tasmanians safe from the threat of bushfires.

Tasmania now has 12 specialised aircraft on hand to help fight fires from above, including a mix of firebombing, air supervision and aerial intelligence gathering aircraft. Eight are helicopters and four are fixed wing planes.  These aircraft are made possible through the collaboration of the Tasmanian and Australian Governments who jointly fund the aircraft through the National Aerial Firefighting Centre.

The fleet are all strategically positioned so that they can be moved quickly around the State to respond to fires.

In addition, 20 local aircraft are available to call on to assist when required, taking the total firefighting aircraft available in Tasmania to 32.  This will ensure a rapid response to bushfires when they start, keeping fires small until ground crews arrive.

Tasmania is well prepared for the bushfire season, and we recognise the importance of having access to a sophisticated, flexible, aerial firefighting capability to respond to bushfires, protect our communities and to support firefighters on the ground.

The Tasmania Fire Service, Parks and Wildlife Service and Sustainable Timbers Tasmania have been busy preparing for, and responding to bushfires over the last month.

We know that investing in the aerial firefighting fleet is a critical part of keeping Tasmanians safe during bushfire season.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government is committed to keeping Tasmanians safe from the threat of bushfires, which is why we are investing $111.5 million over the forward estimates for bushfire prevention and safety measures.

Don’t wait until it’s too late – do your 5-minute bushfire plan now

Minister for Police, Fire and Emergency Management 

Don’t wait until it’s too late – do you 5-minute bushfire plan now

4 December 2021

This Tasmanian Liberal Government understands the importance of keeping our communities safe from the threat of bushfires, which is why we are investing $111.5 million in bushfire prevention and safety measures over the Budget and forward estimates.

A Fire Permit Period was declared on Wednesday the 1st of December to ensure the Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) is able to monitor fires during the upcoming spikes in fire danger and to mitigate the risk of bushfires as best as possible.

While the current overall assessment for the 21/22 Bushfire Season is for a normal fire potential, this means we will have bushfires and Total Fire Ban days – because that is normal for our state during the summer months.

The TFS is well prepared for the bushfire season, and we are urging the Tasmanian community to do the same, because we cannot be complacent about the dangers of bushfire.

A new advertising campaign ‘Bushfire – Why Risk It’, has been launched today calling on Tasmanians to act now and spend just a few minutes planning for what they will do if a bushfire threatens their home.

Tasmanians will see and hear ads on social media and in newspapers, on television and radio, all with the same message – “Don’t wait until it’s too late, do your 5-minute bushfire plan now!”

An easy-to-use template is available on the TFS website and is an excellent resource to get Tasmanians of all ages thinking about what they will need to do if a bushfire occurs near them.

Being prepared can make it less stressful and may reduce the impact it has on you and your loved ones if a bushfire does occur near you.

Don’t wait until it’s too late, go to www.fire.tas.gov.au to do your 5-minute bushfire plan now.

To view the campaign visit: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/h08csv0ssryllxp/AABGeCHVyl4fc7o1cGD-EZVCa?dl=0