The added grunt giving firefighters an edge

QUICK access to water at the Coolum Aqua Park is allowing rapid turnaround of the fire fighting chopper which is adding grunt to the efforts of fire fighters on the ground.

Simon McDermott of McDermott Aviation at Sunshine Coast Airport said its Bell 204 craft was dropping 1400 litres at a time on to hot spots in the centre of the blaze.

The aircraft took to the sky at around 10am this morning and has since done between 60-70 drops into the fire zone.


Mr McDermott said the Bell was being directed by an observation chopper with a Fire and Rescue Service air attachment supervisor on board.

He said good fortune that there was a ready water source near at hand meant there was only a minute turn around between runs.

"We've been able to hit it hard and quickly," Mr Mc Dermott said.

The medium level fire fighting aircraft only needs to refuel every two and a half hours and flew until last light Thursday ahead of today's effort.

"It was a great effort by the night crew on the ground to contain it," Mr McDermott said.