Victoria’s aerial firefighting capability is shrinking, and there is one reason for it – stuff-ups by the Andrews Labor Government.
Contracts for the use of the Super Puma, Chinook, Aircrane and Sikorsky 61 helicopters all run out next week, and there has been no sign contracts will be renewed.
During question time in the Legislative Council today, Minister for Emergency Services Jaclyn Symes failed to commit to extending the contracts, putting Victoria in danger if we have fires similar to the St Patrick’s Day Fires in 2018.
In a further startling admission of incompetency, the Minister also admitted to not ordering the belly tank for the Super Puma, which reduces the water carrying capacity, putting lives and property at risk.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Emergency Services, Brad Battin MP:
“Daniel Andrews and Labor are so focused on allegations of corruption, bullying and internal fighting they have forgotten the basics to protect Victoria.
“The Government failed to order vital components to ensure the best response if fires occur in Victoria and effectively reduced the capacity to fight fires from the air putting more fire fighters on the ground in danger.”