Airservices is Australia's air navigation service provider - we provide air traffic control, aviation rescue and fire fighting and air navigation services.

ARFF levels of service

Our level of service ranges from the provision of Category 6 to Category 10 services, as determined by Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) regulations, at 26 of Australia’s busiest airports.

Categories dictate the required amount of water and foam that is needed to be carried, the response times, water discharge rates and the number of personnel.

The size (length and width) of the largest aircraft serving an airport determines the service category we provide.

Category 6
Airports: Alice Springs, Avalon, Ayers Rock, Ballina, Broome,  Coffs Harbour, Port Hedland, Hamilton Island, Launceston, Mackay, Sunshine Coast, Rockhampton and Gladstone
Water (litres): 11,800
Discharge rate (foam/litres per minute): 4,000
Dry chemical powder (kilograms): 225

Category 7
Airports: Canberra, Hobart, Karratha, Townsville and Newman
Water (litres): 18,200
Discharge rate (foam/litres per minute): 5,300
Dry chemical powder (kilograms): 225

Category 8
Airports: Cairns, Gold Coast and Darwin
Water (litres): 27,300
Discharge rate (foam/litres per minute): 7,200
Dry chemical powder (kilograms): 450

Category 9
Airports: Adelaide and Perth
Water (litres): 36,400
Discharge rate (foam/litres per minute): 9,000
Dry chemical powder (kilograms): 450

Category 10
Airports: Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney
Water (litres): 48,200
Discharge rate (foam/litres per minute): 16,600
Dry chemical powder (kilograms): 450