Bush Fire Support

Bush Fire Rescue

Sydney Helicopters is a crucial provider of aerial fire fighting assets across NSW and inter-state.

Two of our Bell 412 helicopters are contracted to AFAC (National Council for Fire and Emergency Services) till 2026 and operate under the guidance of the NSW Rural Fire Service to protect the Sydney basin. These aircraft are based at Penrith and offer swift response to the threat of bushfire to communities in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains.

During the Black Summer bushfires of 2019/20 we flew approximately 4200 hours on aerial firefighting missions across a range of flight regimes including waterbombing, air attack supervision, aerial incendiary, thermal imaging mapping and the insertion and supporting of rapid aerial response teams (RART) on remote fire grounds. As a company we dropped approximately 48,000,000 litres of water during the 2019 and 2020 seasons.

Our clients include:

  • NSW Rural Fire Service
  • NSW National Parks and Wildlife
  • ACT Fire
  • ACT Land Management
  • NSW Fire and Rescue