Water tank to boost firefighting
Firefighting capabilities in Narrogin have been boosted with plans for a new 160,000-litre water tank at Narrogin Airport.
After the Narrogin Airport Committee’s September meeting, a new water tank is to be housed at the airport to allow water bomber planes to refill when fighting fires.
The 160,000-litre tank will replace the current tank, which is located near the apron of the Narrogin Flying Club and St John Ambulance transfer point.
Concerns were raised by a Narrogin Gliding Club representative that the location of the tank was not suitable because it encroached on the club’s leased area and there was a possibility of a clash with the Royal Flying Doctor Service with a simultaneous emergency glider pick-up and firefighting event.
The new location will be 300m from the current location on a council-owned reserve.
The airport committee also discussed protocol when the Narrogin Gliding Club was retrieving gliders with tow planes from paddocks during restricted burning periods or declared total fire bans.
In a July meeting, concerns were raised about retrieval plane pilots not contacting landowners when in view of the farm residence and the likelihood of an accidental fire starting during the process.
The club representative said the club tried wherever possible to contact farmers when retrieving gliders from paddocks.
A list of requests was endorsed, including planes landing in stubble no higher than the tyres, pilots attempt to contact land owners before retrieving gliders where practicable, and take all reasonable precautions to prevent fire.