GFMC Meetings Calendar 2021

Aerial Fire Fighting Europe 2021

12-13 October 2021, Tallinn, Estonia

Hosted in Northern Europe for the first time, Aerial Firefighting Europe Conference and Exhibition took place on 12 and 13 October 2021 in Tallinn, Estonia. Organized by the Tangent Link Team and chaired by the Global Fire Monitoring Center (GFMC), the conference provided the opportunity of the first in-person exchange after travel and meeting restrictions imposed by national and international precautionary measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. About two hundred attendees represented thirty countries of Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and Asia.

The conference took place at a time, when the increasingly noticeable impacts of climate change and land-use change are challenging Europe and the world. Over the last years, Europe’s natural and cultural landscapes – including the society living therein – have become increasingly vulnerable to wildfires. During the Northern hemispheric summer of 2021, extreme droughts and heat waves favored the spread of severe wildfires in and around the Mediterranean Basin, notably in Greece, Turkey, Italy and the Western Balkans.

Conference documentation

Visual impressions of AFFE21

Photos: Courtesy Riccardo Filippi. For details of the speakers, presentations and exhibitors – see conference agenda:

John Longhurst: Welcome remarks by Tangent Link

Johann Georg Goldammer: Introductory remarks by the conference chair

Marco Panigalli: Directorate General for European Civil Protection & Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)

Johann Georg Goldammer: Report from Eastern Europe and Central Asia

Petronella Norell, Head of National Operations and Civil Protection, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)



Joseph Baptiste, Airbus, France

Christian Bergeron, Viking Air Limited, Canada

Hugo Arceo, Air Tractor Europe

Johann Georg Goldammer, moderating

Birgit Zuchold, Mayor of Welzow/Wjelcej, Germany

Johann Georg Goldammer, moderating

Hans Kristian Madsen, Directorate for Civil Protection (DSB), Norway

Tiago Oliveira, Chairman of the Board of Director, Agency for Rural Integrated Wildfire Management (AGIF), Portugal

Jose Manuel Garcia, Captain CL-215T & CL-415, Spanish Air Force

Davide Pontani, Forest Fire Fighting Air Fleet, National Fire Corps, Italy

Panel Session – chaired by John Longhurst, CEO, Tangent Link
Global Cooperation in Wildfire Management: Practitioner’s View from the Air & the Ground”.
Tiago Oliveira, Agency for Rural Integrated Wildfire Management, Portugal
Riccardo Filippi, CL-415 Pilot & Aviation Journalist, Italy
Hans Kristian Madsen, Directorate for Civil Protection, Norway
Sergiy Zibtsev, Regional Eastern European Fire Monitoring Center, Ukraine
Johann Georg Goldammer, Global Fire Monitoring Center, Germany

Venue of the conference dinner: Seaplane Harbour

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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