About Us

Board Member

Ali­son Wal­ters — For­mer Trea­sur­er and Pub­lic Offi­cer
Air Ser­vices Australia

Ali­son has been an Avi­a­tion Res­cue Fire Fight­er for Airser­vices since 2012, work­ing at Syd­ney Inter­na­tion­al & Domes­tic Airport.

As part of a team of more than 900 fire fight­ers, locat­ed at 26 air­ports across Aus­tralia, Ali­son is required to be ready to res­cue peo­ple and prop­er­ty from an air­craft crash or fire and from oth­er fires on the airport. 

A busy moth­er with four chil­dren, Ali­son and her part­ner own their own Cross­Fit Box in Maroubra NSW. An exten­sive back­ground in the health and fit­ness indus­try, which includes cer­tifi­cates from nutri­tion to life coach­ing, are all high­ly valu­able skills which Ali­son has brought to the fire­fight­ing profession.

In recent years, Ali­son has been a mem­ber the Avi­a­tion Res­cue Fire Fight­ing Ser­vices’ Women in Fire Fight­ing Focus Group, aimed at sup­port­ing and dri­ving a num­ber of ini­tia­tives to bet­ter attract and retain women into avi­a­tion res­cue fire­fight­ing roles. Ali­son is pas­sion­ate about help­ing oth­ers move towards a career in fire­fight­ing and has helped train dozens of par­tic­i­pants for the phys­i­cal com­po­nent of the test­ing phase in recruiting.

In 2016 Ali­son also played a role in adver­tis­ing and events as part of Avi­a­tion Res­cue Fire Fight­ing’s Stay Fit Save Lives’ recruit­ment cam­paign which was suc­cess­ful in increas­ing the num­ber of females apply­ing for roles with Airservices.

She has enjoyed the chal­lenges of work­ing in a male dom­i­nat­ed job and has seen many pos­i­tive changes which has made her love the career even more.

After attend­ing the WAFA con­fer­ence in Can­ber­ra 2014, Ali­son was pleas­ant­ly sur­prised at the sup­port through­out the Aus­tralasian com­mu­ni­ty and learnt more about females striv­ing towards a unit­ed front. She has been a sup­port­ive mem­ber since and con­tin­ues to active­ly sup­port the women and fire­fight­ing community.