DynCorp International was the principal VIP sponsor of the Aerial Fire Fighting (AFF) Europe 2015 Conference and Exhibition held April 29-30, 2015, in Zadar, Croatia. The event gathered international aerial firefighting experts to network and learn about the latest solutions in technology, safety, training, operations and the development of an inter-operability strategy.
The event was hosted by Tangent Link with full support and co-operation from the Croatian government and Ministry of Defence. Aerial firefighting operators, experts and suppliers from around the world were in attendance.
The theme of this year’s event focused on the need for more robust and structured training, international collaboration and standard operating procedures in international firefighting. Challenges such as language barriers, political borders, safety regimen, and operating procedures were addressed by featured speakers and also discussed by attendees.
“Though representatives from different organizations in attendance had varying opinions on the most important issues in the industry, the conclusion was that standard operating procedures, suitable and scalable aircraft, training and cooperation was required for success,” said Jeffrey Cavarra, DynCorp International program director.
DynCorp International Aerial Firefighting Support
DI provides aerial firefighting support through several of its programs:
- CAL FIRE – DI supports the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF) by providing pilots and aircraft mechanics to help suppress and control wildfires. Work is performed at McClellan Park in Sacramento, California, and aircraft are deployed throughout 12 air tactical and 10 helitack bases throughout the state.
- Firewatch – Through the Firewatch program, DI supports the U.S. Forestry Service by augmenting efforts to manage and suppress wildland fires from Redding, California. The teams are dispatched nationwide to support Firewatch missions wherever needed.
- Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District – DI supports the local Sacramento, California, administration by maintaining two specialized UH-1H helicopters for the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District. The aircraft are used primarily for daylight, aerial wildland fire suppression and occasional search and rescue operations.
- Australia New South Wales – DI performs as a subcontractor to Touchdown Helicopters of New South Wales, Australia, to provide aerial firefighting support to the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.