The Walt Darran International AFF Awards


The Walt Darran 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. 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.  

Nominations are being accepted in two categories:

1. Contribution to Aerial Firefighting Safety


2. Industry Innovation and Advancement

Nominations are now open! Download and complete the Awards forms.

Contribution to Safety Award

Innovation and Advancement Award 


To submit your nominations, please send the completed forms to Kate Niven at before 17th January 2020


Winners will be announced at the Aerial Firefighting North America 2020 Conference Dinner on 4th March 2020 in Sacramento CA, USA. 

Awards History

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Previous Winners

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Nomination Process

Nominations are now open!