WPR News
3:44 pm
Tue June 15, 2004

Enzi Pushes For More Fire Planes

Washington D-C – More forest fire airplanes could be added to the country's arsenal. The U-S Senate approved an amendment by Wyoming Senator Mike Enzi to speed up efforts to develop new planes to fight fires. Enzi is concerned that the government currently plans to use military planes to fight this summers blazes. He says increased efforts are needed to have planes designed for fires. Enzi's amendment requires the Secretary of Agriculture to purchase ten planes to just fight forest fires. He says several companies, including Wyoming's Hawkins and Powers, are developing improved planes right now.