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Course Description - NAFA - National Aerial Firefighting Academy
(IQCS course code: NNAFA - Session:00010)

January 6 - 9, 2014

Held at:
USDA, Forest Service
Wildland Fire Training & Conference Cntr. (WFTC)
3237 Peacekeeper Way, Bldg. 200
McClellan, CA 95652

Course Announcement

Target Group

Aviation flight crews involved in aerial wildland fire suppression operations at National, Regional, and Field levels using large retardant and water delivery aircraft. This includes contract personnel who have responsibilities as firefighter pilots. Contractor management personnel will be considered on a space available basis. Agency individuals may include Leadplane Pilots and Air Tactical Group Supervisors.


  1. Enhance aviation safety by integrating tactics, operations, and experience into aerial firefighting training. To educate both Agency and contract personnel using expertise from both sectors.
  2. Describe the Incident Command System Aviation Organization.
  3. Identify the concepts of common fire terminology and the reasons for its use in the aviation community.
  4. Comprehend the application of Risk Management in the use of aviation resources.
  5. Identify Crew Resource Management principles during the fire simulation exercise.
  6. Describe the National Dispatch Policy regarding Airtankers and Regional resources.
  7. Define the tactics and coverage levels of retardant application.
  8. Identify the low-level flight environment (including aircraft join-ups) involved in aerial firefighting.
  9. Identify an increased awareness of the Human Factors involved in Aerial Firefighting.
  10. Review Fire Behavior
  11. Recognize opportunities and impediments involving mixed types of aircraft.

Course Description

The National Aerial FireFighting Academy (NAFA) is a training effort by and for personnel directly involved in aerial retardant and water delivery. This includes Airtanker, Helicopter, Single Engine Airtanker, Lead and Aerial Supervision aircraft.

The intent is to provide participants information needed to safely and effectively work together in the congested airspace over a wildland fire incident. The course provides a look into the "other pilot's" job, which provides an important perspective needed to achieve the same goal; put the fire out safely and effectively.

Optimum class size is 90 participants.

Important Dates
Nominations Due: November 1, 2013
Notification of Selection: November 15, 2013

Nomination Process

Please submit a nomination form for each participant
Nomination Form

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Tucson, AZ 86756

Contact: Bill Miller
National Advanced Fire and Resource Institute
3265 E. Universal Way, Tucson, AZ. 85756
(520) 799-8752, FAX: (520) 799-8785, bdmiller@fs.fed.us