International Aerial Firefighting Awards 2019


International Aerial Firefighting Awards are presented annually to recognise a significant contribution  by an individual or organisation to aerial firefighting.

The Awards were 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


This year we are accepting nominations in two categories:

1. Safety in Aerial Firefighting 

2. Industry Innovation and Advancement

To nominate a person or organisation, please complete the form and return it to Kate Niven at kniven@tangentlink.comThe closing date for nominations is 1st March 2019. The Awards 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 19th March 2019 during Aerial Firefighting Europe 2019 in Nîmes, France.

Award History

Find our more about the International Aerial Firefighting Awards here...

Previous Winners

View the winners of previous Aerial Firefighting Awards here...

Nomination Process

Complete a form to nominate the Awards candidate here...