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

ARFF levels of service

Our level of service ranges from the provision of Category 6 to Category 10 services, as determined by Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulations, at 26 of Australia’s busiest airports.

Categories dictate the required amount of water and foam that is needed to be carried, the response times, water discharge rates and the number of personnel.

The size (length and width) of the largest aircraft serving an airport determines the service category we provide.

Category 6
Airports: Avalon, Ayers Rock, Ballina, Broome,  Coffs Harbour, Port Hedland, Mackay, Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton, Gladstone, Newman and Karratha
Water (litres): 7900
Discharge rate (foam/litres per minute): 4000
Dry chemical powder (kilograms): 225

Category 7
Airports: Hobart, Townsville, Alice Springs, Hamilton Island and Launceston
Water (litres): 12 100
Discharge rate (foam/litres per minute): 5300
Dry chemical powder (kilograms): 225

Category 8
Airports: Cairns, Gold Coast, Darwin and Canberra
Water (litres): 18 200
Discharge rate (foam/litres per minute): 7200
Dry chemical powder (kilograms): 450

Category 9
Airports: Adelaide
Water (litres): 24 300
Discharge rate (foam/litres per minute): 9000
Dry chemical powder (kilograms): 450

Category 10
Airports: Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth
Water (litres): 32 300
Discharge rate (foam/litres per minute): 11 200
Dry chemical powder (kilograms): 450