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Associated Aerial Firefighters has established an award for leadership, dedication and having a profound effect on safety in Aerial Firefighting. Named for Walt Darran, a pioneer and leader in advancing aerial firefighting, The Walt Darran Award provides a lifetime membership to Associated Aerial Firefighters.

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Forum, News, Articles

Airtankers in rescue operations: Submitted by Jim Barnes

In light of the recent tragic loss of our Fighters burned over on the Yarnell hill fire in Arizona there has been much speculation and conjecture on “what would have happened if airtankers had been on the scene”. As in any accident/incident … [Continue reading]

Associated Aerial Firefighting Annual Conference.

AAF 2014 meeting: January 11-12, El Dorado Hotel & Casino, Reno, Nevada. Don’t miss it!  Hospitality suite Saturday evening (11th), presentations on the 12th. Make you reservations with the following code and get your rooms at a discount. … [Continue reading]

Tony Morris, As I See It

    BOMBARDIER 415 U.S. FOREST SERVICE AS I SEE IT TONY MORRIS   In 1988 our family moved from Santa Monica to a house in the Fernwood neighborhood of Topanga. Wildfires have burned in Topanga for centuries. Native … [Continue reading]

The Latest CFPA Newsletter….thank you Jerome.

CFPA news oct 2013 Mk3 … [Continue reading]

New Fire Bomber DVD film by Phil Wallick

Fire Bomber a film by Aviation Photographer Philip Wallick is a one hour DVD that traces the history of fire fighting with aircraft from the 1930 to present day. Fire Bomber combines air tanker cockpit pilot communications and narrative descriptions … [Continue reading]

We will miss you Walt.

I received word that Walt Darran passed away yesterday. His flying experience is the stuff of legends. Without Walt’s support and ability to bring people together for a common goal, this website would not be in existence in its current form. To … [Continue reading]