Tangent Link brings the third Aerial Firefighting Conference to the Asia Pacfic region to discuss, debate, learn and aquire the skills and lessons-learned for safe aerial firefighitng.
The provisional conference programme will cover the following topics:
1) Aerial Firefighting Technologies
3) Safety Management
4) Standard Operating Procedures
Addressing aerial wildfire suppression in the Asia Pacific Region
Bushfires are a blight on Australias rural communities and are now increasingly threatening city limits, Sydney being recently headlined when in 2013 New South Wales experienced a series of bushfires which swept through an area of 290,000 acres, destroyed 248 buildings and cost A$94 million.
South Australia is no stranger to this phenomenon either and bushfires are well documented to be worsening in the State, according to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology. Since early 2015, soaring temperatures and high winds have stoked the bushfires across South Australia with more than 30 homes being destroyed including 2,000 hectares of the Barossa Valley causing damage to several wineries in the Adelaide Hills behind the State Capital. No-one can forget the Ash Wednesday bushfires in 1983, which left 75 dead.
Aerial firefighting is a powerful weapon in the bushfire-extinguishing arsenal which can, when deployed correctly, stop wildfires in their tracks. Large air tankers, SEAT and helicopters can drop water on the fire front and, in cooperation with ground fire-crews providing controlled back-burning, prove to be a tried and tested solution.
Reduction of bushfires in the future is unlikely and so it is important to maintain connection with the worlds aerial firefighting community to remain current and capable. There are many different aerial firefighting solutions in existence, with new techniques and technologies entering the arena every year. It was in 2011 when Australia last connected with the international aerial firefighting community and its technologies which took place in Melbourne.
The Aerial Firefighting Asia Pacific 2016 conference will address how government organisations and emergency services can challenge and support the aviation industry to begin a journey of continuous improvement and partnership, so that the Australian firefighting community can improve efficiency and dramatically reduce the risks associated with aerial firefighting