29 - 30 AUGUST 2018
WOLLONGONG, NSW, AUSTRALIA
2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the earliest recorded firebombing operation in Australia and, in cooperation with New South Wales Rural Fire Service, Tangent
Link’s Aerial Firefighting Asia Pacific is returning to Australia to incite its continuing development.
In the Australian context, nearly 130 nationally contracted aerial firefighting fleet - including four next-generation large fixed wing air tankers operating in multiple jurisdictions – are activated on approximately 5000 occasions every season for both firebombing operations and other fire and emergency support operations, delivering in excess of 70 million litres of fire retardant and suppressant across Australia.
In the wider Asia Pacific setting an increasing emphasis is for aircraft to be deployed internationally for firefighting and a detachment usually includes a VLAT Air Tanker for firebombing and a Supervision Aircraft for fire detection, reconnaissance, command and control missions. ASEAN governments are now realising the cost benefits of aerial firefighting and are increasingly looking to develop their own capability.
Highlights from Aerial Firefighting 2017