B Ae-146

B Ae-146

Tanker 40 (T-40) is a BAe-146. It is owned by Neptune Aviation Services, Inc. of Missoula, Montana.

The BAe-146 was originally manufactured by BAe Systems (British Aerospace). This aircraft, which is considered a prototype next generation airtanker, is turbine powered; can carry approximately 3,000 gallons of retardant; and has a cruising speed in excess of 330 knots. It is comparable in size to the P2Vs in the existing commercial Large Airtanker fleet, so it can be used at existing Airtanker bases.

T-40 has been brought into service to fly wildfire suppression missions from May 26 to October 5, 2012 through Neptune Aviation Services, Inc.'s Exclusive Use contract with the U.S. Forest Service. T-40 is the first of the "next generation" Large Airtankers (LAT) to be granted interim approval by the Interagency Airtanker Board (IAB) and to be brought into service through an existing Exclusive Use contract.

In September 2011, the IAB granted interim approval to Neptune Aviation Services, Inc. for Operational Field Evaluation of T-40 through Dec 15, 2012. Using the BAe-146 to drop retardant on wildfires provides an opportunity to gain field experience needed to make any necessary improvements in design and to bring the system into compliance with IAB criteria prior to consideration for full approval.


SBC Radio Channels


Command Channel Frequency

Tactical Channel Frequency

  • Command 1 (Dispatch) 153.770

  • Tactical 7 155.595

  • Command 2 153.905

  • Tactical 8 154.845

  • Command 3 153.980

  • Tactical 9 154. 650

  • Command 4 156.135

  • Tactical 10 155.640

  • Command 5 154.875

  • CDF/Tactical 11 151.445

  • Command 6 150.995

  • Tactical 12 153.830

  • Tactical 13 154.190

  • CDF/Tactical 14 151.190

  • Tactical 15 155.970

  • CALCORD 156.075


Incident Management Team (IMT)


Santa Barbara County is unique in that it has established a IMT-3 team. With cooperation from all of the fire agencies in the county along with the SB County Sheriff and California Highway Patrol. It is an “All-Risk” Type-3 Team and can respond and manage any incident such as a hazardous materials spill or vegetation fire

Santa Barbara County Operational Area

Type 3: State or Metropolitan Area Level

A standing team of trained personnel from different departments, organizations, agencies, and jurisdictions within a state or DHS Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) region, activated to support incident management at incidents that extend beyond one operational period. Type-3 IMTs will respond throughout the state or large portions of the state, depending upon State-specific laws, policies, and regulations.

Type 2: National and State Level

A federally or state-certified team; has less training, staffing and experience than Type-1 IMTs, and is typically used on smaller scale national or state incidents. There are thirty-five Type-2 IMTs currently in existence, and operate through interagency cooperation of federal, state and local land and emergency management agencies.

Type 1: National and State Level

A federally or state-certified team; is the most robust IMT with the most training and experience. Sixteen Type-1 IMTs are now in existence, and operate through interagency cooperation of federal, state and local land and emergency management agencies.

An incident management team consists of five subsystems as follows:

  • Incident command system (ICS) – an on-scene structure of management-level positions suitable for managing any incident;
  • Training – including needs identification, development, and delivery of training courses;
  • Qualifications and certification – the United States has national standards for qualifications and certification for ICS positions;
  • Publications management – the development, control, sourcing, and distribution of National Incident Management System (NIMS) publications provided by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG); and
  • Supporting technology and systems – technology and materials used to support an emergency response, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), orthophoto mapping, National Fire Danger Rating System, remote automatic weather stations, automatic lightning detection systems, infrared technology, and communications.