Aerial Firefighting Europe 2015


co-sponsored by

Aerial Fire Fighting (AFF)

29-30 April 2015, Zadar, Croatia

Aerial Fire Fighting 2015

Conference & exhibition with live aerial demonstrations and static display

Addressing aerial wildfire suppression in Eastern European nations

In 2007 Croatia was devastated by a series of fires that struck their coastline after a heat wave which covered the entire Southern and Eastern Europe. The drought and southern winds helped spread 750 fires all down the Dalmatia Coast devastating a total area covering 159,000 hectares. Similar occurrences in 2012 crippled their vital tourist industry.

Now, despite wet spring weather, Eastern Europe again faces drought potential in the summer of 2014 and so the scene is set for wildfires to stretch ground fire crews and aircrews to the limit across the region.

In this context, the latest in this international series, AFF 2015, relocates to the beautiful ancient Roman City of Zadar in Croatia. Benefiting from Government endorsement and the support of the Ministry of Defence and the National Protection and Rescue Directorate (DUZS), AFF 2015 remains the must attend show for international aerial fire fighting experts.

Previous conferences have been organised in Greece, Italy, Spain & France, but the 2015 European edition of the Aerial Firefighting Conference is themed to focus global attention on wildfire aerial response in Eastern Europe.

Dr. Sc. Mr. Jadran Perinic, Director of National Protection and Rescue Directorate (DUZS) says “We are delighted that the National Protection and Rescue Directorate (DUZS) are able to host the world’s leading event in Aerial Firefighting in cooperation with our Ministry of Defence”.

Aerial demonstration & static display spotlight

Tangent Link are delighted to announce the Aerial Fire Fighting static display and aerial demonstrations will be taking place. These demonstrations will take place at Zadar Air Base, home to an AFF squadron. Included within the conference and exhibition attendance fee, is complimentary access to both.

Display Aircraft

Live aerial demonstrations & static display:

Location: Zadar Air Base, Croatia Air Force (home to AFF squadron)

Aircraft: CAF CL-415, CAF Mi-8, CAF AT-802 Fire Boss, Quadrotor UAV (t.b.c.)

The Croatian air display line up is already taking place and there is plenty of room for international participation along with a possibility to demonstrate UAVs in the evolving AFF role.

Call for papers

For consideration of operational or technical papers please contact:

Kate Niven  |  Tel: +44 (0)1628 660400  | Email:

Reports of previous Aerial Firefighting Conferences:

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

Reports and Visual Impressions of AFF 2015 Europe:

Final agendas of AFF 2015 and the preceding Interoperability Workshop as well as the AFF 2015 Chairman’s report:

The AFF Conference Group

AFF 2015 Conference Host:
Major Davor Turković

Joint presentation of Avialesookhrana of Russia and GFMC

Helirapelling demonstration by Croatian
firefighting forces

Presentation of the Walt Darren Award to Colonel Bodino (France) (center)
for his merits in safe, effective and efficient aerial firefighting

Photos: Tangent Link and Riccardo Filippi – Inaer (middle left)


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