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Current Title: Corpo Nazionale del Vigili del Fuoco
Title in English: Italian National Fire Service
Abbreviation: VF


Narrative Summary:
Corpo Nazionale del Vigili del Fuoco was first established in its present form in 1939. In the 1950s the Corpo began to borrow Air Force aircraft and helicopters for various missions. Circa 1960 a dedicated air support unit was established.

Key Dates:
27 February 1939    Corpo Nazionale del Vigili del Fuoco established.
1960?    First helicopters received - AB.47J.

Current Status:
To be added.

Future Plans:
None known.


National Insignia:
          Main markingFin Flash
Aircraft and helicopters wear the main marking on the fuselage sides. All types carry the service titles 'VIGILI DEL FUOCO'.

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):
Italian Fire Service aircraft and helicopters carry a two- or three-digit serial number prefixed by the letters VF- (for Vigili del Fuoco), eg: AB.206B-III VF-26. A four-letter code is also carried, in the VFxx or DVFx series, eg: VFAN for the same AB.206.

Unit/Base Aircraft Code System(s):
Coding system not used


Aircraft Designation System(s):
None - Manufacturers designations used

Current Aircraft Inventory:

Aircraft Type Total
Role Origin
Agusta A.109E 4 4 Patrol/Observation local
Agusta-Bell AB.206B-2 3 2 Patrol/Observation local
Agusta-Bell AB.206B-III 15 14 Patrol/Observation local
Agusta-Bell AB.412 6 6 Utility/Transport local
Agusta-Bell AB.412EP 15 15 Utility/Transport USA
Agusta-Bell AB.412SP 2 1 Utility/Transport local
Piaggio P.180 Avanti 1 1 VIP Transport local

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Agusta A.109E 4 2003 current local
Agusta-Bell AB.47G 12 19?? 19?? local
Agusta-Bell AB.47J 4 19?? 19?? local
Agusta-Bell AB.204AS 15+ 19?? 19?? local
Agusta-Bell AB.205A-1 4 19?? 19?? local
Agusta-Bell AB.206A-1 1 19?? 1992 local
Agusta-Bell AB.206B-2 3 19?? current local
Agusta-Bell AB.206B-III 15 19?? current local
Agusta-Bell AB.412 6 19?? current local
Agusta-Bell AB.412EP 15 19?? current local
Agusta-Bell AB.412SP 2 19?? current local
Piaggio P.180 Avanti 1 2006 current local

Aircraft NOT Used:
False reports of aircraft on order or in service: None known.


Main Headquarters:
Not known.

Current Organisational Structure:
Fire Service aviation is currently organised into twelve Helicopter Units (Nucleo Elicotteri) at locations around the country, plus a central standardisation unit.

Current Order of Battle:

Squadron Type Base
Centro Avizione (various) Roma-Ciampino
Nucleo Elicotteri (various) Alghero-Fertilla
Nucleo Elicotteri (various) Arezzo
Nucleo Elicotteri (various) Bari-Palese
Nucleo Elicotteri (various) Bologna-Borgo Panigale
Nucleo Elicotteri (various) Catania-Fontanarossa
Nucleo Elicotteri (various) Genova-Sestri
Nucleo Elicotteri (various) Milano-Varese
Nucleo Elicotteri (various) Pescara-D'Abruzzo
Nucleo Elicotteri (various) Pisa-San Giusto
Nucleo Elicotteri (various) Salerno-Pontecagnano
Nucleo Elicotteri (various) Torino-Caselle
Nucleo Elicotteri (various) Venezia-Tessara
Nucleo Elicotteri (various) Oristano-Fenosu

Historical Orders of Battle:
To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List:
Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
See table above.

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
Not applicable.

More Information


To be added


To be added


Vigili del Fuoco official webpage

wikipedia: Guardia di Finanza (Italian)

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