In September 2020, a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster aircraft from No. 36 Squadron 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 used for rapid aerial response during the 2020/21 bushfire season, allowing small teams of firefighters 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 utilizing hangar facilities and other aviation services at RAAF Base Richmond for the helicopter's reconstruction and modification.
HITRON History: Rear Adm. Donna Cottrell