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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View the 2021 IABS Update (ppt)

Airtanker Frequently Asked Questions

Read our airtanker frequently asked questions

Guidance Documents

Standard Operating Procedures for IABS

Airtanker Ground Maneuvering and Parking Considerations


Comments for both of these publications:

Proposed Change Request Form NWCG Airtanker Base Directory, PMS 507

Submit to your agency representative on IABDU 

Proposed Change Request Form NWCG Standards for Airtanker Base Operations, PMS 508

Submit to your agency representative on SABOU



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Stan Goode and Angie Forbes
NWCG Coordinator: 
Chris Marks
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