In September 2020, a No. 36 Squadron (36SQN) C-17A Globemaster transported a Bell 412 helicopter from Canada to Australia.
The helicopter has been acquired by the New South Wales Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) and will be utilised for rapid aerial response during the 2020/21 Bushfire Season, allowing small teams of fire-fighters to be delivered into remote locations and combat fires before the can grow out of control.
The use of a RAAF C-17A for this airlift task ensured the helicopter will be available in time for the bushfire season, with NSW RFS also utilising hangar facilities and other aviation services at RAAF Base Richmond for the helicopter’s reconstruction and modification.
Australian Department of Defence
October 12, 2020