Aerial Firefighting in Australia

All Governments in Australia recognise the importance of having access to sophisticated, flexible aerial firefighting capability to respond to bushfires, protect communities and to support firefighters on the ground.

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Tenders

Interested in the NAFC Procurement process? Visit our Tenders page for further information.

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Check out some of the Aerial Firefighting Fleet

The National Aerial Firefighting Fleet comprises approximately 150 contracted aircraft ranging from Large Air Tankers to helicopters and light fixed-wing aircraft.

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Welcome to the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC).

The National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) provides a cooperative national arrangement for the provision of aerial firefighting resources for combating bushfires. NAFC coordinates the 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 State and Territory Governments and Australian Government. The collaborative arrangements for the national aerial firefighting fleet have been instrumental in protecting communities and saving lives and property over past bushfire seasons.

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, including ARENA.

NAFC is a business unit of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) – the National Council for fire, emergency services and land management.

 

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