Airtankers: A New 6MFS Topic Category

Aviation: Airtanker
Page Last Modified / Reviewed: 
Nov 2020


This new group of safety topics has been created by airtanker personnel and the Interagency Airtanker Base Subcommittee (IABS). The purpose of this topic is to address the hazards and safety considerations specific to airtankers and airtanker base operations.

Current list of topics include:

  • Emergencies on the Ramp.
  • Foreign Objects and Debris (FOD).
  • Hot Loading.
  • Prop Blast/Jet Blast/Rotor Wash.
  • Spills and Hazardous Materials Considerations.
  • Wing Walking.
  • Mixing Airtanker Types within Your Ramp Area.
  • Marshalling Aircraft in Low-Light Conditions.
  • Simultaneous Loading and Fueling (SL+F) Airtankers.

The Airtanker topics will not be posted on the 6MFS calendar.  However, they are available in the list of topics found at


Additional Resources

Incident Management Situation Report (IMSR)
Incident Response Pocket Guide (IRPG), PMS 461
NWCG Standards for Helicopter Operations, PMS 510
RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR)
Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations (Red Book)
Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center

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