The Royal Australian Air Force issued the following update on its Operation Bushfire Assist 19-20 operations this morning…
➡️ No. 44 Wing Air Traffic Controllers are providing a flight information service at the airport in Bairnsdale, Victoria. This will help local authorities manage the high volume of air traffic currently using the airport.
CAPTION: The flight deck glows orange from bushfire smoke as the crew of a Royal Australian Air Force C-130J Hercules attempts to land at Merimbula airfield to deploy fire and rescue crews to assist fighting the bushfires. Photo by Sergeant Christopher Dickson.
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➡️ A P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft conducted route reconnaissance from Sale to Mallacoota to assess engineering requirements. It will continue reconnaissance of fire grounds, operating from RAAF Base Edinburgh in South Australia.
➡️ Role One Medical Facilities are being established at RAAF Base East Sale and Holsworthy Barracks to provide first aid, immediate lifesaving measures, and triage.
▶️ WATCH || Three of our No. 35 Squadron C-27J Spartans helped evacuate people from Mallacoota, Victoria to RAAF Base East Sale…
The ADF has been moving supplies and evacuees by rotary and fixed-wing aircraft. Flights will continue until all who wish to evacuate have been transported to East Sale.
▶️ WATCH || Air-base operations support in action at RAAF Base East Sale…
➡️ ADF bases throughout affected regions from Brisbane to Adelaide are providing temporary accommodation to those displaced by the fires.
➡️ The ADF continues to provide transport and other capabilities such as aviation ground support, logistics, engineering and accommodation in support of the firefighting effort across multiple locations.