Interagency Airtanker Base Subcommittee

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Mission Statement

The Interagency Airtanker Base Subcommittee (IABS) provides national leadership in all areas of interagency airtanker base operations. The IABS develops and disseminates operational standards that promote safe, secure, effective, efficient airtanker base operations. These standards include facility and equipment requirements, operational and administrative procedures, and personnel qualifications and training.

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  • Provide technical assistance regarding airtanker base operations.
  • Promote cooperation and standardization in interagency airtanker base operations.
  • Identify airtanker base issues, develop solutions, and recommend corrective actions to the National Interagency Aviation Committee (NIAC).
  • Support standardized training for airtanker base operations and provide leadership in training course development, implementation, evaluation, and revision.
  • Ensure that airtanker base standards are consistent with member agency procedures, practices, and expectations.
  • Serve as a central source of information, guidance, and support for national and geographic area airtanker base decisions and operations.
  • Provide contracting technical assistance and support as requested.

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National Airtanker Base Managers Workshop

November 27-29, 2018, Boise, ID

Airtanker Frequently Asked Questions

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Guidance Documents

Standard Operating Procedures for IABS


IABS Request Change Form ATBM

IABS Request Change Form RTCM


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Leslie Casavan and Kristina Curtis
NWCG Coordinator: 
Tim Blake
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