The National Aerial Firefighting
Centre (NAFC) was formed by the Australian States and Territories in July 2003
to provide a cooperative national arrangement for combating bushfires. It
achieves this by facilitating the coordination and procurement of a fleet of
highly specialised firefighting aircraft that are
readily available for use by State and Territory emergency service and land
management agencies across Australia.
This national aircraft fleet complements aerial firefighting resources that are arranged directly by the
States and Territories. The National Fleet receives funding support from the
Australian Government as well as State and Territory Governments.
NAFC also plays a key role in ensuring the sharing of
aerial firefighting resources between emergency
service and land management agencies throughout Australia, and in the
development of national protocols and systems for aerial firefighting.