Could save old banyan and homes

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 October, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 October, 1994, 12:00am

I UNDERSTAND it is intended to either cut down a very old banyan tree on Cheung Chau, or demolish nearby houses to make a pathway wide enough for fast-moving fire-fighting vehicles.

A French company, ARF Hydromax has equipped/converted a 650cc Kawasaki to include a water pump (8cu/m per hour), 10m of semi-rigid hose plus two 20m sections of flexible extinguisher hose and a three-setting nozzle.

It can connect to a very wide range of fixed hydrants and, in one version, suck water from streams or ponds as shallow as 10cm (using Godiva technology).

It seems to me that this machine would provide the fast, first response to a building, forest or hillside fire that is required.

Has the Fire Services Department considered this option? If not, why not? DAVID SLOUGH Lamma