National Wildfire Coordinating Group

Airtanker Base Application Unit

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Mission Statement

The Airtanker Base Application Unit (ABAU), our mission is to uphold the highest standards of excellence in managing the NWCG Airtanker Base Directory, PMS 507. We are committed to promoting the safe, efficient, and effective utilization of aviation services in support of agency and interagency airtanker base operations during wildfire suppression efforts.

Primary Objectives

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  • The Airtanker base application unit is designed to support wildland fire managers, pilots, and contractors by providing essential information and resources related to airtanker base facilities. These facilities play a crucial role in aerial firefighting operations, as they serve as critical hubs for the coordination and deployment of airtankers and other aerial firefighting assets.



Proposed Change Request Form for NWCG Airtanker Base Directory, PMS 507

Submit to your agency representative on IABDU 


Kelly Mathis
NWCG Coordinator: 
Dave Schultz
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