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

Featured Speakers

Gordon Graham
Keynote: "Seven Rules of Admiral Hyman Rickover"

How the Father of the Nuclear Navy dealt with the risks he faced in working with nuclear power, and how he established a phenomenal record of safety and reliability and a reputation for excellence.

Available workshops, Tuesday, April 5th (additional fee applies):

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.


Robert Palmer
"The Palmer Perspective and the Golden Hour Response"

Robert Palmer started working in wildland fire in 1999 and continues to work for the National Park Service while attending law school in Seattle. After the death of his youngest brother, Andy, on the Eagle fire in 2008, Rob researched and began advocating for a new fire management philosophy: the Golden Hour Response. His presentation will demonstrate why we need to reform our current fire practices and base engagement upon the capacity to evacuate any injured fireline employee.


Dave Thomas
"Firefighters and Their Stories: Facts and Fictions"

Dave Thomas, a retiree from the U. S. Forest Service, is now a consultant and writer working for his own company, Renoveling, based in Ogden, Utah. He provides workshops and seminars to hospitals, federal fire agencies, universities and nuclear operations sites, among others, on the practical application of safety and risk management, high reliability organizing and applied decision-making. His talk will underscore the importance of storytelling for organizational learning. He will demonstrate how stories can capture and transfer the expertise, passion and commitment of highly experienced wildland fire personnel.


Dave Turner
"The Thirteenth Fire: Ranger Jansson’s Story of Mann Gulch"

Dave Turner is a retired forester. He worked the majority of his career with the U.S. Forest Service, assigned to the Helena National Forest in Montana. David began his study of the Mann Gulch Fire in earnest in 1991 when he was first assigned to guide visitors into the gulch. In the course of the next 12 years, until his retirement in 2002, David regularly led groups and VIPs into Mann Gulch. His intimate knowledge of the fire would ultimately lead to writing, stage and film appearances, and his selection as head of the Forest Service’s group that planned and executed the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Mann Gulch Fire in 1999. Since his retirement David has continued to guide groups into Mann Gulch each summer and make presentations of "The Thirteenth Fire."

David lives near Helena, Montana, with his wife Kathleen. The couple has two grown sons. He is an avid woodworker specializing in inlaid hardwood serving trays.