Airships strengthen the ability to fight forest fires by transporting and dumping tonnes of water at a rate faster than current airborne water-carriers. Airships can also be used to douse fires in urban settings, particularly in the case of tall buildings.
It would take four to five fire-fighting planes to unload an air-drop capacity of one 30-T DGPAtt, i.e. 90 tonnes/hour, with the condition that the fire-fighting planes have an area where they can safely scoop, whereas our airships – with vertical landing – can fill their cargo holds from any aquatic surface (lake, large or small rivers, etc.).
Studies carried out by the French government on the use of fire-fighting planes show how limited their use actually is given their specialization, 360 hours/year, and therefore how much time they spend immobilized.