International Association of Wildland Fire

12th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit

Presented by the International Association of Wildland Fire

October 25 - 26, 2012

Sydney, Australia


Program Booklet (PDF)

Featured Speakers

  • David Turner, "The Thirteenth Fire: Ranger Jansson's Story of Mann Gulch"
  • Gordon Graham, "Seven Rules of Admiral Hyman Rickover"
  • Robert Palmer, "The Palmer Perspective and the Golden Hour Response"
  • Dave Thomas, "Firefighters and Their Stories: Facts and Fictions"
  • More information about featured speakers

Conference Format

Monday, April 4 Educational and training workshops

Early Evening - Conference Begins with Opening Session followed by Icebreaker Reception

Tuesday, April 5 Keynote address: Gordon Graham
Presentations and electronic posters
Available training workshops with Gordon Graham
Indoor and outdoor exhibitor shows
(Evening) Screening of Red Skies of Montana, at the Historic Wilma Theater in Downtown Missoula
Wednesday, April 6 Keynote address: Dave Thomas
Presentations and electronic posters
Indoor and outdoor exhibitor shows
Evening Session - "Hotstove" Discussion: Stories of Close Calls and Near Misses
Thursday, April 7 Presentations and electronic posters
Keynote address: Rob Palmer
Friday, April 8 Post-conference tours to key wildland fire landmarks in the Missoula area

Continuing Education Credits

The 11th International Wildland Fire Safety Summit has been approved for continuing education credits through the Society of American Foresters (SAF). The program has been approved for 9 category-1 credits and 18.5 category-2 credits.

Special Screening of Red Skies of Montana

Tuesday, April 5th at 7:30 pm (doors at 6:30) at the Wilma Theatre in downtown Missoula, the original location of the 1952 world premier.

Open to the public for $5.00 (conference attendees receive free admission and 2 free drink tickets - sponsored by PhosChek.)

Proceeds will be donated to the International Fire Relief Mission and the Museum of Mountain Flying.

Training Workshops

Training workshops with Gordon Graham will be available for an extra fee:

  • Why Things Go Right, Why Things Go Wrong
    Proven strategies and tactics to help your people continue to do what is right and to avoid the causes and consequences of when things don’t. Includes advice on training and safety program using the risk/frequency matrix.
  • Non Punitive Close Call Reporting
    How to cultivate a reporting culture among co-workers to harness the stories of close calls to prevent incidents that may be repeating (but which may be going unreported) before they cause injury.

Special Events and Tours

  • Special film screening of Red Skies of Montana, the classic film about Smokejumpers and the Mann Gulch fire of 1949
  • Tour of Aerial Fire Depot/Missoula Smokejumper Base
  • Guided Tour of the Museum of Mountain Flying at the Missoula Airport, which houses the DC-3 Smokejumper aircraft that delivered the firefighters to Mann Gulch



11th Wildland Fire Safety Summit  ~  April 4-8, 2011  ~  Hilton Garden Inn  ~  Missoula, Montana USA