From the conclusion:'As previously mentioned, the results of this study cannot be applied in the field. A great deal of additional work will be needed before application is possible. This study does show, however, that a systems dynamics approach is well suited to analyzing the interagency airtanker transfer problem. In addition, it is also capable of pinpointing those aspects of the behavior of the system which have the potential of causing problems, if not taken into consideration during design phase. From this study, three results appear to merit further consideration and analysis: 1. Some form of central dispatching appears to be advatageous relative to non-centralized airtanker sharing procedures. 2. The tendency towards instability when faced with rising fire load will have to be overcome if unnecessary costs are to be avoided (possibly by the inclusion of a forecasting procedure). 3. Regardless of the dispatching strategy empolyed, adequate reserves at all organizatioal levels appear to be a significant factor in reducing overall system costs.