Rural Fire Service aerial supervision requirements
Date issue released
Safety Issue Description

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service had limited large air tanker policies and procedures for aerial supervision requirements and no procedures for deployment without aerial supervision.

Issue number
AO-2020-007-SI-02
Issue Status
Open – Safety action pending
Transport Function
Aviation: General aviation
Issue Owner
New South Wales Rural Fire Service
Mode of Transport
Aviation
Issue Status Justification

To be advised

Safety recommendation
Action number
AO-2020-007-SR-10
Organisation
NSW Rural Fire Service
Action date
Action Status
Released
Action description

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the New South Wales Rural Fire Service take further action to address the absence of policies and procedures regarding minimum aerial supervision requirements and the use of initial attack to assist frontline staff with making acceptable risk‑based tasking decisions.