As Australian firefighters from NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland pack their bags to help out in the USA, Canada and Greece it is apparent that fighting fires has truly become a universal challenge.
And, as this unfolds, Australia is now preparing itself for year another tough summer fighting fires. Particularly in NSW where an extremely dry winter has meant the firefighting season is expected to come early which will make the deployment of our firefighters an even greater challenge should they be required in their own State.
Championing Aerial Firefighting
Tangent Link has been highlighting the battle against these deadly wildfires since 2008. The Australian and UK based company has rolled out its popular and beneficial aerial firefighting conference and exhibition series across Europe, Australia and the USA for over 10 years. Now the company is set to return to Australia, supported by New South Wales Rural Fire Service, to deliver its fourth Aerial Firefighting Asia Pacific conference and exhibition, from 29 – 30 August 2018 in Wollongong, NSW, Australia. The platform will provide visitors from all over the world the opportunity to see the latest aerial firefighting technologies, and listen to, the sometimes harrowing, experiences
of those who have fought the flames.
Who will be there?
With thanks to Air Affairs Australia, BlazeTamer380/Chubb, Lockheed Martin, Coulson Aviation, TracPlus, Thales and FlightCell, all regular supporters of Tangent Link’s international series, aerial firefighting specialists from Australia, Canada, Fiji,
France, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, USA have all confirmed their attendance.
There will be 22 companies, including Off Planet Simulation, displaying their flight-simulation training device, while Thales will be exhibiting its LUCIE night vision
goggle system and TracPlus will be showing their innovative ‘Globally Connected Cockpit & the Future of Airborne Firefighting.’
What will be discussed?
This exciting conference, aimed at bringing the international AFF community together again will be chaired by Major General Bill Crews AO (Retd), Former Director of Australia’s Defence Intelligence Organisation, with an opening address by Robert Cameron, Acting Director General, Emergency Management Australia.
Speakers from Australia will discuss the country’s aerial firefighting heritage, and with most administrations realising there is a considered need to fight these fires at night, we will catch up with the use of night vision systems in aerial firefighting. A panel session at the end of day one will discuss the safe operation of night.
Speakers on the panel will include Wayne Rigg, Operations Officer, EMV Australia; Eric Pacheco, Senior Pilot, County of Los Angeles Fire Department, USA; Richard Alder, General Manager, National Aerial Firefighting Centre, Australia; Ray Cronin, Managing Director, Kestrel Aviation, Australia and Foster Coulson, Vice President – Sales & Marketing – Coulson Aviation Pty, Canada.
The second day will focus on the part that unmanned and optionally piloted platforms have played in firefighting, while international organisations’ representatives from Israel, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore will share the lessons they learnt fighting recent fires.
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