The International Aerial Firefighting Award 2018


The International Aerial Firefighting Award is presented annually to recognise a significant contribution  by an individual or organisation to aerial firefighting.


The Award was inaugurated in honour of the late Walt Darran and is previous known as 'Walt Darran Award'. Walt was a pioneer and advocate for advances in aerial firefighting. Being a highly experienced S2-T airtanker pilot and former highly decorated US Navy aviator from California, USA, Walt was a constant and passionate advocate for safety and improvement in the international aerial firefighting community.  

Submit your Nomination


To nominate a person or organisation, please complete the Nomination Form and return it to Kate Niven at Tangent link at


The closing date for nominations is 2nd March 2018. The Award committee will convene after the close of nominations to consider nominated candidates and select the winner. 

The winner will be announced at the Aerial Firefighting Conference Dinner on 13th March 2018 during Aerial Firefighting North America 2018 in Sacramento CA, USA.

Award History

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Previous Winners

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Nomination Process

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