Senator John McCain confirmed to address Aerial Firefighting leaders at AFF 2016

With only six weeks to go until the Aerial Firefighting conference in Sacramento, California (22-23 March 2016), Senator John McCain, the U.S. Senator for Arizona, has agreed to provide a Welcome Address via video link.

Senior figures including Art Hinaman, Assistant Director of Aviation at US Forest Service, Mark Bathrick, Director Office of Aviation Services Department of Interior, Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons, NSW Rural Fire Service, Australia and Victor DeVouge, Head of Aerial Division from the Ministry of Interior, France will also address the conference.
The completed program encompasses a wide range of current issues faced by today’s aerial fire fighters including Future Technology Research & Development; the Military’s Role in Aerial Fire Fighting as well as strategic and tactic analyses of firefighting methods.
International delegations from Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Hungry, Israel, Spain, Turkey and the UK will be joining military and civilian aerial firefighters from the US to liaise, develop and promote best practice in the discipline of manned and unmanned helicopter, SEAT and air tanker operations for the suppression of wildfires.
“The Aerial Firefighting conference facilitates and enhances interagency exchange, demonstrates the latest aerial technologies in both a static and live setting and maintains vital networking opportunities between international partners from the aerial firefighting communities,” said Phil Guy, Managing Director, of Tangent Link, the event organizer.
On the morning of the second day, delegates will be transported to McClellan Air Base where they will witness live aerial firefighting demonstrations and will also have the opportunity to view a number of static aircraft and equipment which will be on display.
This is the 6th Aerial Firefighting event to be staged in North America since 2009. For further information on attending please contact Lauran Allen at

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