11/07/2018

Irish Air Corps Help To Tackle Slieve Gullion Gorse Fire

The Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) is working alongside the Irish Air Corps to bring a gorse fire at Slieve Gullion under control.

The NIFRS revealed two Irish Air Corps helicopters are helping firefighters tackle the blaze due to its deep-seated nature.

SDLP Slieve Gullion Councillor, Pete Byrne, said the call for assistance has already had a positive impact, with 90,000 litres of water being dropped by the Irish Air Crops.
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"I would like to place on record my own thanks and the thanks of the entire community to those involved in this cross border effort to bring the Slieve Gullion gorse fire under control," he said.

"We should all be grateful to those who are working in difficult conditions to protect us and our environment.

"I would urge anyone availing themselves of local hill and mountain areas, to exercise extreme care and caution. We must continue to follow advice from the Fire and Rescue Service to help prevent gorse fires."

(LM)

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