Fire conditions look favorable this season and it is hoped the helicopters won’t be used for firefighting purposes.

But the Emergency Services Agency deputy commissioner Ray Johnson said the helicopters would be able to assist with grass fires, which there is an increased chance of.

“We’re likely to see more grass fires and these assets will help us fight those fires if and when they occur,” he said.

“We are hopeful that it doesn’t.

“We can make decisions through the incident management team much better and much more efficient as a result of the intel, in which we gain from that helicopter.”

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