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U.S. Forest Service acquires new fire-fighting equipment

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The U.S. Forest Service has awarded contracts to four companies to provide a total of seven next-generation airtankers to fight wildfires. This is an addition to the eight additional aircrafts added to the fleet yesterday. Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FMs Robert Lopez spoke with Jennifer Jones spokeswoman for U.S. Forest Service in Idaho about the improvements.

[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/FireEquipQAJune142012.mp3]

The additional and updated fire equipment the U.S. Forest Service received will be used nationally for disasters in every state. Florida didn’t have as active of a wildfire season this year as it did in past years, but Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Catherine Awasthi reports how state fire officials are thankful for any additional help.

[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/WILDFIRREWRAPCatherineAwasthi.mp3]

 

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