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Current Title: Protezione Civile
Title in English: Italian Civil Protection Service
Abbreviation: PC


Narrative Summary:
The Protezione Civile was first established in its present form in 1992. A dedicated air support unit is operated.

Key Dates:
24 February 1992    Protezione Civile established.
19??    First aircraft operated.

Current Status:
Operation of the aircraft and helicopters is contracted out to the private companies SOREM and CAI.

Future Plans:
None known.


National Insignia:

          Main markingFin Flash
Aircraft and helicopters wear the main marking on the fuselage sides, and the national flag as a fin flash. All types carry the service titles 'PROTEZIONE CIVILE'.

Aircraft Serial Numbering System(s):
Italian Civil Defence aircraft and helicopters carry civil registrations in I-SRMx and I-DPCx series, eg: CL-415 I-DPCH. The limited range of letters means that registrations are re-used when aircraft are retired. The Canadairs also carry large 'fleet numbers' in the range 1-25.

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.109A 3 3 Utility/Transport local
Agusta A.109E 2 1 Utility/Transport local
Agusta A.109K2 1 1 Utility/Transport local
AgustaWestland AW 139 2* 1 Transport local
Canadair CL-215 6 5 Fire-Fighting local
Canadair CL-415 19 16 Fire-Fighting USA
Piaggio P.180 Avanti 2 2 VIP Transport local

All-Time Aircraft Used List:
Aircraft Type Quantity Service Entry Retirement Origin
Agusta A.109A 3 2002 current local
Agusta A.109E 2 2003 current local
Agusta A.109K2 1 2004 current local
Agusta CH-47D 6 19?? 1999 local
AgustaWestland AW 139 2* 2007 current local
Canadair CL-215 6 19?? current Canada
Canadair CL-415 19 19?? current Canada
Piaggio P.180 Avanti 2 2006 current local
* on order

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


Main Headquarters:
Not known.

Current Organisational Structure:
Organisation not known.

Current Order of Battle:

To be added.

Historical Orders of Battle:
To be added.

All-Time Flying Units List:
Not applicable.

Air Bases

Current Air Bases:
The main base is Roma-Ciampino, with other bases including Albenga (Genova), Olbia (Sardinia), Reggio Calabria (Calabria) and Trapani (Sicilia) also being used.

All-Time Air Bases Used List:
Not applicable.

More Information


To be added


To be added


Official Protezione Civile webpage

wikipedia: Protezione Civile (Italian)

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