Wa­ter tank to boost fire­fight­ing

Narrogin Observer - - Front Page - Laura Gru­bisa

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.

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