International Aerial Firefighting International Conferences and Exhibitions
Since 2008 the GFMC has supported the organization of the Aerial Firefighting Conferences with the aim to create a platform of dialogue and exchange between the authorities and civil society actors concerned in landscape fire management – representing both the ground and aerial community of practitioners and entrepreneurs as well as the scientific community. The GFMC repository includes the key outcomes of the conferences:
The International Fire Aviation Working Group (IFAWG) comprises an international group of aerial fire management specialists who lead and manage the use of aircraft for wildland fire management around the world. This group is made up of representatives from countries and jurisdictions who regularly utilize aerial means in managing landscape fire, including for firefighting. The IFAWG operates as a Working Group of the Wildland Fire Advisory Group (WFAG) of the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR). The group aims to improve the safety and effectiveness of aerial means by sharing information, experience and resources.
IFAWG joined the preparation, organization and follow-up of the UNECE/FAO Regional Forum on Cross-boundary Fire Management (UN Geneva, 2013) and contributed with the international consent-based Fire Aviation Guidelines. In 2014 an Introductory Paper has been published by IFAWG. Starting in December 2014 Draft Part I of the International Fire Aviation Guidelines (incorporating the International Manual of Common Rules for Fire Aviation) are available for screening and comments (see left for download). Please send your comments to the IFAWG Secretariat. Part II of the Fire Aviation Guidelines: The International Manual of Common Rules for Fire Aviation has been drafted and published in October 2017 for review and comments
GFMC Support of AFF Conferences and Events in Germany In the aftermath of the extended forest fire of 1975 in Lower Saxony State, Germany, a new concept of aerial firefighting was developed. A few events are highlighted below. More details on a concept, which finally could not be realized, are available in the GFMC library (Freiburg, Germany, and Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia) as well as in the Institute for Fire and Disaster Management in Heyrothsberge (Institut für Brand- und Katastrophenschutz Heyrothsberge), a partner of GFMC. A few snapshots:
Goldammer, J.G. 1982. Development of airborne forest fire fighting equipment in the Federal Republic of Germany. In: Forest Fire prevention and control (United Nations, ed.), 153-158. Nijhoff and Junk Publ., The Hague, 230 p.
Presentation of the “Global Supertanker” in Germany 2009 (Hahn Airport) by GFMC