Spotlight on Future Challenges in Aircraft Rescue and Fire-fighting

The IAFPA Conference 2015 held at the Singapore Aviation Academy on 13 Jan 2015. (Photo: RENDY ARYANTO/VisualVerve.SG)

SAA and the International Aviation Fire Protection Association (IAFPA) jointly organised the 15th IAFPA Aircraft Rescue and Fire-fighting (ARFF) Conference on 12th–14th January 2015. An annual platform for the ARFF community to exchange knowledge, experiences, best practices and formulate strategies to cope with the evolving aviation landscape, the Conference welcomed 97 delegates representing civil aviation administrations, airports, airlines, militaries, ARFF manufacturers and other related aviation organisations from 14 countries.

With the theme ‘Facing Tomorrow’s Challenges Today’, the Conference emphasised the importance of embracing change and strengthening partnerships in working towards a stronger ARFF community. Dr Michael Lim, Director of SAA, highlighted in his welcome address the need to sustain a continued availability of qualified ARFF professionals through the development of strategies, practices and tools to attract, train and retain.

In his keynote address, Mr Cletus Packiam, Chairman for IAFPA, reaffirmed that the development of human capital is key to ensuring the preparedness of ARFF units in addressing the many challenges ahead such as the increasing growth in air transport, expanding airports and new emerging risks.

Over the three days, participants engaged in active discussions on various topics such as ‘Setting the Standards’, ‘Lessons Learnt From Incidents, Accidents and ARFF Training, Business Continuity’, ‘The Future of Aircraft Engines/Aviation Foam for the Future’, and ‘Forward Planning in ARFF’.

Complementing the Conference was an exhibition featuring the latest technologies, systems and services relevant to the ARFF community. Site visits to Rolls-Royce Singapore Pte Ltd and Singapore Aero Engine Services Pte Ltd showcasing aircraft engine technology and infrastructure, further enhanced the learning experience. Beyond the Conference, participants enjoyed a gala dinner, where they networked an informal and light-hearted atmosphere.

Expressing his appreciation for the Conference, Mr Garcia Adrian Leonardo, Assistant Fire Chief for the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, US, enthused, “The Conference was very informative and relevant as the topics covered provided me with different perspectives that are critical to the work processes within my organisation.”

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