TracPlus at the Forefront of Interagency Collaboration

By partnering with TracPlus, agencies around the world can leverage our proven expertise and innovative solutions to enhance their firefighting strategies, ensuring a more coordinated, effective, and timely response to wildfires.

As wildfires grow more frequent and intense worldwide, the recently release "Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission Aerial Equipment Strategy Report" casts a new light on the indispensable role of aerial firefighting resources in our collective response arsenal. This comprehensive report underscores a pivotal shift in our understanding of wildfire management—a shift that acknowledges the increasing complexity of wildfires and the corresponding need for a more integrated, strategic approach to using aerial assets. The emphasis on reevaluating aviation fleet procurement, use, composition, and quantity reflects a broader acknowledgment that the landscape of wildfire management is changing, with longer seasons and more severe fires posing unprecedented challenges.

This evolving scenario demands a level of interagency coordination that transcends past practices, urging federal, state, Tribal, and local agencies to operate not just alongside but in concert with one another. The report highlights the critical need for a cohesive strategy that leverages the full spectrum of available aerial firefighting capabilities, ensuring they are deployed efficiently and effectively in the face of escalating wildfire threats.

As we delve deeper into the insights from the "Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission Aerial Equipment Strategy Report," we explore how TracPlus is not just responding to these challenges but is actively shaping the future of wildfire management through enhanced interagency coordination and state-of-the-art aerial firefighting resources. Our expertise and technology provide the backbone for a new era of interagency collaboration, enabling disparate entities to come together as a unified force against wildfires.

The Imperative for Enhanced Interagency Coordination: Insights from the Report

In response to the escalating challenges posed by wildfires, the Commission's Aerial Equipment Strategy Report, a pivotal component of their broader mission, casts a spotlight on the specific need for strategic advancements in aerial firefighting equipment. Recognising the changing nature of wildfires—driven by factors like climate change, fuel buildup, and development in fire-prone areas—the report calls for a departure from seasonal firefighting models to address the new reality of longer fire seasons and overlapping fire geographies. This shift necessitates a reexamination of current aerial firefighting strategies to ensure they are equipped to handle the evolving landscape of wildfire threats.

A key insight from the report is the interdependency of aerial and ground firefighting resources. Aerial assets, while valuable, are not standalone solutions but part of a comprehensive firefighting strategy that integrates both air and ground operations. The effectiveness of any wildfire management approach hinges on the connected use of these resources, underscoring the importance of interagency coordination.

However, the report also highlights significant challenges in the current management of aerial resources, including the lack of comprehensive data on the performance and cost-effectiveness of various aerial assets. This gap impedes strategic decision-making regarding fleet composition and underscores the need for a national strategy informed by robust data and inclusive of all stakeholders.

Reflecting on the report's findings and recommendations, it's clear that enhanced interagency coordination is not just beneficial but critical to the future of wildfire management.

TracPlus's Background in Supporting Aerial Firefighting and Interagency Coordination

Transitioning from the comprehensive analysis presented in the "Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission Aerial Equipment Strategy Report," let's examine TracPlus's practical contributions to addressing these highlighted needs. Our technology has been central to coordinating aerial firefighting efforts, facilitating 100% of all aerial fire dispatches across the Australia and New Zealand for most of the past decade in some cases. Our efforts, deeply rooted in the operational realities of some of the world's most demanding fire environments, offer tangible examples of the strategies recommended in the report coming to life.

In New Zealand, TracPlus has been integral to the coordination and efficiency of aerial firefighting efforts. Our engagement has been part of the operational fabric that ensures wildfires are managed effectively. By facilitating real-time data exchange, TracPlus has empowered Fire and Emergency New Zealand (FENZ) with the ability to make informed decisions swiftly, a necessity in the fast-paced environment of wildfire management. Our solutions have ensured that every aerial dispatch is underpinned by accurate and timely information, thereby enhancing decision-making and operational outcomes.

The partnership with the National Aerial Firefighting Centre (NAFC) in Australia serves as a compelling case study of TracPlus's impact on interagency coordination and aerial firefighting efficiency. Faced with the challenge of unifying a diverse array of aerial firefighting assets under a common operating picture, NAFC leveraged TracPlus's unique tracking decoder engine and integration capabilities. This collaboration facilitated a unified view of operations, significantly improving operational efficiency across Australia's vast and varied firefighting landscape. Managing over 500 aircraft from 150 operators, NAFC's coordination ensures effective deployment and utilisation of resources across states, territories, and agencies, a feat made possible through TracPlus's technology.

This strategic alliance has been instrumental in achieving a national tracking standard in Australia, independent of specific hardware, software, or tracking provider. Since 2010, our involvement has not only streamlined the national integration of airborne firefighting tracking data but has also expanded to include an increasing number of ground assets since 2013.

These examples underscore TracPlus's active role in advancing the field of wildfire management. Through innovative technology and a commitment to collaboration, we've demonstrated how enhanced coordination across agencies and the strategic deployment of resources can significantly impact wildfire response efforts. Our work in New Zealand and Australia reflects a broader commitment to safeguarding communities and ecosystems from the threat of wildfires, aligning closely with the objectives and recommendations of the "Wildland Fire Mitigation and Management Commission Aerial Equipment Strategy Report."


It's evident that the escalating wildfire challenges demand robust, efficient, and collaborative response strategies. TracPlus has consistently been at the forefront, not just meeting but anticipating the needs of wildfire management through innovative technological solutions. Our work in New Zealand and Australia exemplifies our ability to effectively bridge the communication gap between various firefighting entities, enhancing coordination and ultimately the effectiveness of wildfire response efforts.

Our commitment goes beyond merely responding to current challenges. As wildfire threats become more complex, our focus remains on the continuous development and refinement of our technologies. This ensures that firefighting communities around the world are equipped with the best tools to tackle wildfires head-on. Our track record in providing critical support to firefighting agencies showcases not just our capability but our dedication to enhancing safety and operational outcomes in some of the most challenging environments on earth. By partnering TracPlus, agencies around the world can leverage our proven expertise and innovative solutions to enhance their firefighting strategies, ensuring a more coordinated, effective, and timely response to wildfires. Our aim is straightforward: to support these communities with practical, efficient, and reliable solutions that make a real difference in managing wildfires.

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