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12th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit

"A New Approach to Wildland Fire Safety"

Presented by the International Association of Wildland Fire

October 25 - 26, 2012

Citigate Central in the Haymarket

Sydney, Australia


Thank you to all who attended the 12th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit in Sydney, Australia. The summit was an overwhelming success and we couldn't have done it without you. We are pleased to be able to share the power point presentations from the summit to all who are interested. If you are interested in learning more from the presenters please contact us via email and we will put you in touch with them.

Click here to view the full program booklet.



Thursday, October 25, 2012

Welcome and Opening Remarks - coming soon
Dan Bailey, IAWF President and Chairman of the Board

Keynote Presentation
Teaching High Reliability Organizing (HRO) Principles Using Staff Rides
Michael DeGrosky 

 “Better Learn From This One" - Creating a Culture of Lessons Learned in a Sceptical Workplace
Sandra Whight

Tips and Techniques for Improving Learning from Events - Lessons From an Assessment of Learning from Escaped Prescribed Fire
Dave Thomas

Utilising Planned Burning as a Learning Mechanism - Creating a Whole of Government Approach to Skill Acquisition
Sharon Merritt and Allan Budziarski

Capturing and Using the Deep Smarts of Our Fire Management Elders
Dave Thomas

Prevention of Psychological Injury Following Critical Events: A Literature Review
Meaghan O'Donnell and Nicole Middleton

The 1958 Wandilo Forest Fire Tragedy Revisited
James Gould

Coping Ugly in the Coordination of Large Scale Wildfire Events - coming soon
Ben Brooks

A New Approach to Bushfire Safety: Learning From Case Studies: Applying Human Factors Principles to Investigations of Serious Incidents
Samantha Sunderland

On the Front Lines of Climate Change: Extending our Narratives of Fire Strategy and Fireline Safety in the Climate-change Era
Ron Steffens

Coach as Servant
James Saveland

Wildfire Safety-related Decisions and Actions: Lessons from Stress and Performance Research
James McLennan

Closing Presentation
Enforcing Safety with Law - Implications for Incident Controllers and Fire Agencies
Michael Eburn

Friday, October 26, 2012

Keynote Presentation
Bulldogs and Boundary Spanners: Contested Visions of Leadership, Communication and Teamwork in Emergency Incident Management
Christine Owen

Efficiency and Thoroughness
David Christenson

The Protection of People and the Assets they Value Most During Severe Bushfires has Significant Spinoffs for Fire-fighter Safety
Damien Killalea

Safety Lessons from the Alaskan Bush
Rocky Ansell

Utilization of Resources to Enhance Physical Fitness: Are you FireFit?
Katie Sell

Field Studies of Fire-Atmosphere Interactions in Complex Terrain: Implications for Fire Fighter Safety
Dianne Hall

Physical Selection Test considerations; The Choice of New or Old
Cara Lord

Radio Communication and Misunderstandings in Wildland Firefighting
Elena Gabor

Using Extreme Value Analysis to Enhance Defendable Space for Fire Fighters and Residents
Grahame Douglas

Students of Fire
Rod Stebbing

Safety of People and Homes, Earned through Positioning, Training
Troop Emonds

Validating Ideal Qualities of U.S. Wildland Fire Leaders
Alexis Lewis

Poster Presentations
Introducing Burnover Protection for Passenger Vehicles
Robert Walker

Wildland Fire Safety Chapter in Wilderness Medicine Updated
Marty Alexander

Quad Bikes at Fires - a safety dilemma?
Eddie Staier

Sharing the Wildland Fire Defence of Buildings with the Architecture Profession
Douglas Brown

Assessing and ranking the flammability of ornamental species in WUI (SE France)
Anne Ganteaume


Summit participants are encouraged to take part in any of the 71 sports offered at the 2012 World Firefighter's Games

(Oct. 19–28, 2012)