Since 1997 the Wildland Fire Safety Summit has been the gathering place for members of the international wildland fire community to focus on safety: to discuss significant events and trends in safety, to promote best practices in safety training and operations, to reveal safety related research findings, and to explore new approaches to safety.
Earlier Safety Summits have been held in Canada, Australia and Portugal as well as locations in the U.S.
The theme of this year's summit is "A new approach to wildland fire safety". The predictable aging and ultimate retirement of a significant part of our workforce presents a range of new challenges as we prepare to 'handover the torch". Maximising opportunities for the transfer of key skills, knowledge, and a 'safety culture' rooted in genuine 'lessons learned' while managing the health and fitness issues associated with the workforce, are very much current issues. These issues loom in an environment where most organisations are continually being pressed to do more with less. How do we 'pass on the torch' without dropping it?
Papers may be submitted on a wide variety of topics related to Wildland Fire Safety including, but not limited to:
- New approaches to wildland fire safety
- Advances in wildland firefighter safety
- Key 'lessons learned' for the next generation
- Empowering the next generation by maximising the retiring one
- Next steps - a shared responsibility.
The conference program will include a mix of keynote and invited speakers, and speakers selected from abstracts received in response to the Call for Papers. Poster presentations will be displayed throughout the conference as well as being featured at a formal poster session (TBD).