Aerial Firefighting

"Aircraft Support, Firefighters Suppress"

Aerial firefighting may be defined as "the use of aircraft and other aerial resources to assist firefighters on the ground in achieving bushfire suppression objectives".   It is important to note, that firefighting aircraft (regardless of their size or type) do not extinguish a bushfire alone, but are deployed to provide an important support function to ground firefighting resources. 

People living in bushfire prone areas should never consider aerial firefighting aircraft as a substitute for a well-prepared bushfire survival plan.  In the same way CFS cannot guarantee a fire tanker to protect and defend every home during a bushfire, factors may also limit the ability of firefighting aircraft to achieve the same outcome.    

Understanding Aerial Firefighting Fact Sheet

Aircraft Support  Firefighters Suppress