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International Wildland Fire Safety Summit

International Wildland Fire Safety Summit



12th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit

Presented by the International Association of Wildland Fire

October 25 - 26, 2012

Sydney, Australia

The 12th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit will be held in Sydney, Australia in conjunction with the 2012 World Firefighter's Games.

Since 1997, the International Wildland Fire Safety Summit has been the gathering place for members of the global 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.


Registration is now open

All presenters and attendees must register for the conference. IAWF membership is not required to register. Non-members will receive a free 1 year membership with registration, a $60 value that includes a subscription to Wildfire Magazine.

The following registration rates apply:

  • Student Member Registration - $170
  • Student Non-member Registration - $195
  • IAWF Member Registration - $335
  • Non-member Registration - $395
  • One-day Member Registration - $170
  • One-day Non-member Registration - $200

Note: The early registration cutoff date is September 25, 2012. Registration rates after that date will include a $30 late fee.


Program Schedule

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". Maximizing 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 their workforce, are very much current issues. These issues loom in an environment where most organizations are continually being pressed to do more with less. How do we 'pass on the torch' without dropping it?

The conference program includes 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 on Thursday Evening at the formal poster session.

Click here to view the full conference program.



Two workshops are being offered, scheduled for Wednesday, October 24. The cost to participate in the workshops is $45/each or $80 for both. Space is limited so register today to reserve your space.

8:30 - 12:30 pm

Being Wrong, Being Human: Using Failure as a Recipe for Success
Presented by Dave Thomas, Renoveling, Ogden, Utah USA

This half-day hands-on workshop will train wildland firefighters in the basic skills necessary to anticipate problems before they occur. This workshop, utilizing the paradoxical notion that we humans are hard-wired to “be wrong” rather than to “be right,” will help establish a workplace environment where you and your team’s performance as wildland firefighters is improved.


1:30 - 5:30 pm

Guidelines for Designing Population Specific Physical Fitness Programs
Presented by Katie Sell, PhD, CSCS, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Professions and Kinesiology, Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York, USA and Debbie Pickersgill, Senior Exercise Physiologist/Medical, Aspire Fitness & Rehabilitation, University of Queensland, Fire & Safety Systems, Brisbane, Australia

Physical fitness is imperative for wildland firefighters. However, training programs are often implemented with a lack of consideration for individual or population-specific need. This workshop will provide guidelines on selecting assessment batteries pertinent to the physical fitness attributes inherent in firefighting and developing and progressing physical fitness training programs within different wildland firefighter disciplines. This workshop will also review FireFit, a web-based interagency wildland firefighter fitness program created with the intent to provide the interagency wildland fire community with a comprehensive, easy-to-follow, fitness program with the ultimate goal of improving firefighter safety and health and reducing injuries.

Accommodations and Travel

The Citigate is a 4 ½ Star Hotel and is offering the special room rate of $225 per delegate per night including breakfast.

To make reservations or travel arrangements please contact MOVES Travel Group. Contact Chloe, Karla or Shane on phone +61 2 9217 8999 (9am-5pm AEST) or

Moves Travel can assist with all of your travel requirements relating to the International Wildland Fire Safety Summit, from Australia or abroad, with access to the leading rates for International and Domestic airfares, car hire, hotels from budget to 5 star accommodation, as well as visa’s and travel insurance.

To book your flights, check out our Travel Partner Virgin Australia.


Conference sponsorship opportunities are available NOW. If you would like to learn more about how your organization can support the conference planning effort and the benefits of your sponsorship, Email: or call (01)(406)531-8264.




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