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Australia Former fire chiefs 'tried to warn Scott Morrison' to bring in more water-bombers ahead of horror bushfire season

11:21  14 november  2019
11:21  14 november  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

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Fire chiefs have warned the worst of the summer is "still ahead of us", after expressing alarm at the scale and severity of the spring bushfires . Thousands of residents were warned to leave or defend their homes when blazes escalated on Wednesday, prompting emergency warnings.

Former heads of state bushfire services say politics is why government was ignoring their advice. The former fire chiefs had two requests for the government: more resources for firefighters ; take on “the Mullins said he was told the energy minister, Angus Taylor, would speak to him and the water

Twenty-three former fire and emergency leaders say they tried for months to warn Prime Minister Scott Morrison that Australia needed more water-bombers to tackle bigger, faster and hotter bushfires.

Former New South Wales Fire and Rescue chief Greg Mullins — one of the founders of the Emergency Leaders for Climate Action Group — said the group sought a meeting with the Federal Government to discuss the issue in April and again in May, immediately after the federal election.

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Fire chiefs in Australia have warned of “the most dangerous bushfire week this nation has ever seen” At one stage on Friday, weeks ahead of Australia’s traditional bushfire season , 99 Already this year, bushfires have burnt more than 850,000 hectares across NSW – an area more than five

Former firefighter chief says he was 'fobbed off' by government over warning . In September, Mr Mullins appeared on ABC television to warn how the fire season had changed in Australia More research also needs to be funded into bushfires . Mr Mullins' appearances on the ABC this year were

"We have tried since April to get a meeting with the Prime Minister," Mr Mullins told ABC Radio on Thursday morning. "It's clear now we won't get that meeting.

"We had some pretty simple asks that we wanted to talk to the government about.

More planes like this one are required to fight fires, according to Mr Mullins. © ABC NEWS More planes like this one are required to fight fires, according to Mr Mullins. "Funding for large aerial fire tankers. People would have seen the images the other day of the Hercules coming in

and dropping in 15,000 litres of retardant at Turramurra. I watched that with great interest because I was in charge of the fire there in 1994 where 17 homes were lost. That cut the fire off immediately.

"We're only going to have seven of those [aircraft] this year. I've just come back from California and they had about 30 on one fire.

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More than 120 bushfires are burning across the two states. Crews have fought hundreds of fires in the state since last month, when two people died while trying to protect their home. Water - bombing aircraft are often flying long distances because of the difficulty of accessing water in dry areas.

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"Had we spoken back in April, one of the things we would've said is to try to get more aircraft on lease from the northern hemisphere because (we knew) this was going to be a horror fire season. They can be a decisive weapon.

"If they (the government) had spoken to us back then, maybe they could have allocated more money to have more of those aircraft, but they didn't and they're probably not available now."

Mr Mullins said the group had been told they would be able to meet with Natural Disaster and Emergency Management Minister David Littleproud "in a few weeks".

"It is very, very disappointing that we weren't listened to earlier because we actually predicted exactly what's happening now. Measures could have been taken months ago to make the firefighters more effective and to make community safer."

Greg Mullins says he tried to warn the Federal Government about the current fire danger. © ABC NEWS Greg Mullins says he tried to warn the Federal Government about the current fire danger. Four people have died and more than 200 homes have been lost in the past week as firefighting crews battle intense blazes fanned by extremely hot and dry conditions in NSW and Queensland.

Emergency warning issued for uncontrolled bushfire travelling towards Port Lincoln

  Emergency warning issued for uncontrolled bushfire travelling towards Port Lincoln An emergency bushfire warning is issued for residents in Port Lincoln with reports of an uncontrolled bushfire travelling towards the township. © ABC News A map which shows the predicted direction of a bushfire burning near Port Lincoln in South Australia. The warning was issued about 4:20pm today for the bushfire at Duck Ponds, north-east of Port Lincoln, with the region under extreme weather conditions.The Country Fire Service has warned that residents are "now in danger" and should "take shelter in a solid building"."Do not leave or enter this area in a vehicle or on foot.

Fire crews in Tuncurry attempt to bring a forest fire in the area under controlCredit: AAP IMAGE. Rescue workers create fire breaks ahead of the Gospers Mountain bushfire in Sydney Many Australians are being warned it is too late to leave their homes as flames rage across the country's

State of emergency: Fire chiefs warned that conditions on Tuesday could be so bad that it will be too dangerous for firefighters to try to put out the flames. Vivian Chaplain, 69: The Grandmother of six also died while trying to save her Wytaliba property more than 400 kilometres away near Glen Innes.

Today the NSW Rural Fire Service announced it was leasing a DC-10 Air Tanker from the United States to join its fleet.

The water-bombing aircraft can drop 35,000 litres of water or fire retardant in eight seconds, and will be in the country for the rest of the bushfire season.

The Rural Fire Brigade at Hanwood near Griffith in central NSW announced the lease on Wednesday in a Facebook post.

"A DC-10 Air Tanker is loaded up and almost ready to fly out of America to head to Australia," the post read.

Mr Mullins said he thought the coming summer was going to be "the worst I have ever seen" for fire crews, and renewed his calls for the government to take urgent action to address climate change and stop Australia's rising emissions.

Last week he told 7.30 that he feared it would become increasingly difficult for Australia to get firefighting help from the US, as the bushfire seasons in the two countries began to overlap.

In a statement to 7.30, Mr Littleproud said the Australian Government contributed almost $15 million annually to the National Aerial Firefighting Centre and "is currently considering further funding towards this capability".

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