On 23 December, 2021, the Australian Government welcomed the first ever National Sovereign Large Air Tanker and Emergency Management Australia, together with NAFC and AIDR, are giving young Australian the opportunity to name it.
At the start of Term 1, 2022, Australian years 5 through to year 8 students from schools in regional and rural areas will have the opportunity to submit entries to name the National Large Air Tanker. This competition will allow young Australians to get involved and contribute to Australia’s disaster resilience.
The National Large Air Tanker provides a significant boost to Australia’s aerial firefighting capability. Large Air Tankers are extremely mobile and able to quickly deploy across the country, or to situations that may not otherwise be well served by aerial or ground firefighting resources. It can carry and drop 15,000 litres of retardant or water and will be an invaluable asset for firefighting efforts in difficult-to-reach areas across Australia.
The winning class will;
- have their nominated name displayed on the National Large Air Tanker and will be invited to contribute to the design of the aircraft's livery,
- receive a visit from the Minister for Emergency Management and National Recovery and Resilience, Senator the Hon. Bridget McKenzie, to celebrate the success,
- the school and class will be featured in the Australian Journal of Emergency Management.
More information and entry conditions will be available in late January 2022.