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The National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) coordinates the procurement of firefighting aircraft on behalf of the States and Territories of Australia.

 

NAFC was incorporated in July 2003 and represents every state and territory in Australia.

 

 

History of NAFC

 

The use of aircraft for aerial firefighting has grown in Australia over recent years. Following a number of serious bushfires that affected Australia, Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments decided to develop a joint approach to manage aerial firefighting to improve operational performance and cost effectiveness nationally.

 

As a result, the then Commonwealth Department of Transport and Regional Services (DoTaRS) and the Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) produced a National Aerial Firefighting Strategy. This strategy envisaged a national cooperative arrangement to enhance aerial firefighting resources and resource sharing across Australia.

 

The Australian Government subsequently provided funding to assist State and Territory Governments with aerial firefighting. This funding has supported a shift in focus to larger capacity aircraft and an impetus towards national arrangements.

 

"This is a sign of strong cooperation between the Commonwealth, the states and the territories. By working cooperatively to pool our resources, governments in all jurisdictions can get the maximum value for money and ensure that Australians are protected by the best aerial firefighting equipment possible.”

 

The Hon. Robert McClelland, MP

 

 

NAFC Board Executive Committee

 

Chair: Mr Greg Nettleton, Chief Officer and Chief Executive Officer, South Australian Country Fire Service

 

Deputy Chair: Mr Dominic Lane, Commissioner, Australian Capital Territory Emergency Services Agency

 

Treasurer: Mr Steve Fewster Applegate, Deputy Commissioner – Capability, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Western Australia

 

 

 

NAFC Board of Directors

 

Mr Mark Ashley, Chief Executive Officer, Bushfires NT, Northern Territory

 

Mr Gavin Freeman, Deputy Chief Officer, Tasmania Fire Service

 

Mr Stephen Fewster, Deputy Commissioner, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Western Australia

 

Mr Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM, Commissioner, New South Wales Rural Fire Service

 

Mr Dominic Lane, Commissioner, Australian Capital Territory Emergency Services Agency

 

Mr Greg Nettleton, Chief Officer and Chief Executive Officer, South Australian Country Fire Service 

 

Mr Mike Wassing, Deputy Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Rescue Service