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Chinese forest firefighters upgrade equipment

(People's Daily Online)

12:07, August 24, 2011

On Aug. 23, soldiers fight against a fire with pneumatic extinguishers. (Xinhua/Tian Jingcai)

Chinese armed forest forces conducted a firefighting exercise in Daxinganling, Heilongjiang province on Aug. 23. This live drill utilized new equipment on an unprecedented scale for the first time, like Z-8 forest firefighting helicopters, drones, long-distance waterline systems and Beidou satellite navigation system, which demonstrated China's highest level of forest fire prevention and fighting capacities. The helicopter detachment of the armed forest forces made its public debut in this firefighting exercise.

Edited and Translated by Ma Xi, People's Daily Online

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