Airservices is Australia's air navigation service provider - we provide air traffic control, aviation rescue and fire fighting and air navigation services.

Accidents and emergencies – ARFF

Airservices provides aviation rescue and fire fighting (ARFF) services at 26 of Australia’s busiest regional, domestic and international airports. The service operates the largest fire fighting vehicles in Australia— ultra-large, high visibility Mk8 fire vehicles.

Aviation fire fighters respond to a host of different incidents every day ranging from medical emergencies to fire alarms.

Accident response

Aviation fire fighters respond within three minutes to an aircraft accident or incident at or within 1500 m of an airport, where they will take command as first responders. Local emergency services will be called out to assist if required. Airservices also operates a water rescue capability (including boats and life rafts) at airports located close to water.

At airports without a dedicated ARFF service, or where an accident occurs more than 1500 m from an airport perimeter, local emergency services will take the lead.