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Firefighting at Marsden Moor


In April 2011, a quad bike caused a blaze that spread across more than 1,235 acres of protected moorland designated as a Site of Specific Scientific Interest.

Around 50 firefighters spent 24 hours bringing the blaze under control. Preventing further spread on dry ground and in strong wind was a real challenge.


National Trust managers were concerned for the safety of walkers, rare birds, hares and vegetation that were under threat. Rapid and well coordinated action involving Heli-Lift Services’ saved countless more acres of land, property and wildlife.

In all it took nine fire engines, a fire service Wildfire unit and a Heli-Lift Services’ helicopter, pilot and groundcrew equipped with a Bambi Bucket to douse the flames from two separate fires on the moor.

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