GFMC Meetings Calendar 2019

Aerial Fire Fighting Europe 2019

19 – 20 March, Nimes, France

The Global Audience at Aerial Firefighting Europe 2019

AFF Europe 2019 is the flagship event in Tangent Link’s aerospace portfolio, bringing together major stakeholders of the industry from all over the world – supported by the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC) and the UNISDR International Wildfire Preparedness Mechanism (IWPM). Building on the last year’s success, Aerial Firefighting Europe returned to France in March 2019, bringing together over 500 aerial firefighting professionals under one roof. Being the flagship event in Tangent Link’s aerospace portfolio, Aerial Firefighting Europe 2019 will feature the largest exhibition to date, more demonstration opportunities and a focused two-day conference programme.

AFF Conference attendance
Audience Breakdown
34% Government Bodies, Forestry Departments and Fire Services
31% OEMs and Commercial Operators
25% Research Bodies, 10% Military

AFF Europe 2019 was organized at the Base Sécurité Civile Aerial Firefighting Centre at Nîmes Airport, home to the country’s aerial firefighting aircraft and the main MRO hub for the fleet.


Walt Darren Award 2019

The Walt Darren Award 2019 was awarded in two categories – the Award for Safety in Aerial Firefighting and the Award for Industry Innovation and Advancement.

The 2019 Walt Darran Award for Safety in Aerial Firefighting was presented to Riccardo Filippi, a CL-415 Captain at Babcock Mission Critical Services of Italy, operator for the Government-owned firefighting fleet.

The 2019 Walt Darran Award for Aerial Firefighting Innovation and Advancement is presented jointly to Kestrel Aviation of Australia, Coulson Aviation of Canada and Mr. Wayne Rigg from Emergency Management Victoria in Australia, for their ground breaking, collaborative work in developing safe and effective practices for aerial firefighting at night using helicopters equipped with Night Vision Goggles.

Visual impressions of the Conference, Walt Darren Award Ceremony, Exhibition and the AFF Demonstration

©Photos: Ludovic Maillard

Presentations – here the EU Commission about the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) and rescEU
The audience: Decision makers, practitioners and Aerial Firefighting Industry
Networking in the corridors: GFMC and EC
Eulogy and presentation of the Walt Darren Award for Safety in Aerial Firefighting to Riccardo Filippi
Eulogy and presentation of the Walt Darren Award Aerial Firefighting Innovation and Advancement for Kestrel Aviation of Australia, Coulson Aviation of Canada and Wayne Rigg (Emergency Management Victoria, Australia
The Walt Darren Award 2019 recipients Riccardo Filippi and Forster Coulson
Exhibition – a meeting place for networking
Aerial firefighting demonstration

Reports of previous AFF conferences:

Please see the web pages of the previous International Aerial Firefighting Conferences, including the conference reports:

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