Seychelles tourism industry applauds new fire-fighting equipment


(eTN) Seychelles’ premier helicopter service was given brand new equipment, which will enable the use of the choppers in fire fighting and supporting the territorial fire brigade with aerial dousing of fires.

Tourism sources applauded the initiative, as in the words of one regular source: “Should ever a remote resort catch fire, we can now expect an immediate response by air before the fire brigade even arrives. This is excellent news for our industry, as safety of our guests will benefit long term.”

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The “bucket,” worth over US$5,000, was donated by the Seychelles Island Foundation (SIF) as part of their work during the World Biodiversity Week, with an eye on extinguishing natural forest fires and assisting in the fighting of fires in buildings. SIF’s chief executive officer Frauke Fleischer-Dogley was at hand to deliver the donation to the airline in the presence of government officials, who were shortly afterwards treated to a demonstration flight during which the use of the equipment was shown.