Published on June 1st, 2020 | by Mark Dwyer


Air Corps Helicopters Assisting in Fire Fighting Efforts

A view looking down towards the Bambi Bucket from the cabin of the AW139

No.3 Operations Wing of the Irish Air Corps have had a busy June Bank Holiday weekend assisting with forest fires around the country. Two AW139’s have been involved fighting fires in Sligo, the Burren National Park in Co. Clare and Hortland Wood in Co. Kildare. Both aircraft are fitted with a Bambi Bucket, which can attached to the cargo hook underneath the AW139 and has a cargo capacity of 1200 litres. The crew usually collect the water from nearby lakes and rivers and drop it on the fire.

All helicopters in the Air Corps operate under No.3 Ops Wing and other essential tasks also took place over the weekend including a lifesaving air ambulance transfer from Cork to Dublin using the H135. The EAS, Emergency Aeromedical Service, continues to operate from Custume Barracks in Athlone using another AW139 while the Garda Air Support Unit crews are maintaining a 24/7 presence with their two H135 aircraft.

‪No.3 Operations Wing are currently deployed to a fire in the Enfield area ‬ ‪The AW139 is capable of dropping 1200 litres from its Bambi bucket‬ ‪Please keep all drones away from the area as these pose a flight safety risk to our crews!‬ ‪ #StrengthenTheNation

Posted by Irish Air Corps on Saturday, 30 May 2020

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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