The 3rd event this year was the workshop on Building capacities to respond to large open space fires – the model of organizing and functioning of the air force, renting and purchasing aircrafts. It was organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina – Sector for Protection and Rescue and included 45 participants on site and 27 participants online. During the workshop the participants had the possibilities to listen how the host country is organized when aerial firefighting is concerned and also to hear about their utilization of various decision support systems such as NICS. Experts from Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Montenegro, N.Macedonia, Romania, Serbia and Slovenia also had the chance to present their organizational structures and way of business. General impression from the workshop is that although aerial firefighting is one of the priorities of the national civil protection authorities across the region it is followed by many challenges. As there is no single model how to organize the aerial firefighting this process requires strategic planning and taking into consideration all the specifics that the nation has. What works in one country might not work in another. The consensus in the group about the main challenge in aerial firefighting is continuous investment in aviation on both levels – equipment and staff.