Initial attack certification
Date issue released
Safety Issue Description

The New South Wales Rural Fire Service procedures allowed operators to determine when pilots were initial attack capable. However, they intended for the pilot in command to be certified by the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service certification process.

Issue number
Issue Status
Open – Safety action pending
Transport Function
Aviation: General aviation
Issue Owner
New South Wales Rural Fire Service
Mode of Transport
Safety recommendation
Action number
Action date
Action Status
Action description

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau recommends that the New South Wales Rural Fire Service address the ambiguity with the interpretation of ‘initial attack’ in the NSW and ACT Aviation Standard Operating Procedures with the intent of this requirement.