Join industry experts and firefighters at the HAI Aerial Firefighting Safety Conference 2021 to discuss with federal representatives critical safety, regulatory, and legislative issues in wildland firefighting. Learn about the latest technology and network with your industry colleagues.

Thank you for your interest in the 2021 Aerial Firefighting Safety Conference.  We have reached capacity, registration is closed.

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The Riverside Hotel*
2900 W Chinden Blvd., Boise, Idaho 83714
Tel: 208-343-1871
*Attendees must book their own accommodations

The discount conference room rate for a traditional room (single/double occupancy) is $119 per night. Book your housing before Oct. 15, 2021, to receive the discounted room rate. Please identify yourself as an attendee of the HAI Aerial Firefighting Safety Conference to receive the discounted rate.


Monday, November 15
Tuesday, November 16
7:00 am
Registration and Breakfast
8:00 am
Welcome – HAI
8:05 – 9:00 am
HAI Aerial Firefighting and Natural Resources Working Group Meeting
9:00 – 9:30 am
Networking Break
9:30 – 10:30 am
US Forest Service Safety Brief – Eric Shambora
10:30 – 11:30 am
US Department of Interior Safety Brief – Keith Raley
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Hosted Lunch
1:00 – 2:00 pm
“Dealing with the Pressures of Complex Work Environments,” by Chris Young, Pik West Insurance Agency
2:00 – 3:00 pm
“Safety and Financial Benefits of Flight Data Monitoring,” by Paul Spring, CEO Phoenix Heli-Flight
3:00 – 3:30 pm
Networking Break
3:30 – 4:30 pm
“Legislative Impacts on Safety and the AFF Community,” by John Shea, HAI Director of Government Affairs
4:30 – 5:00 pm
“UAS in Aerial Firefighting Environments,” by Dirk Giles, UAS Program Manager, US Forest Service
5:00 – 5:30 pm
“Unmanned K-Max Update,” by Terry Fogarty, Senior Director of Business Development, Kaman Aerospace Corp.
5:30 – 5:45 pm
Wrap Up/Adjourn
Wednesday, November 17, 2021, Interagency Briefings
7:00 am – 8:00 am
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
US Forest Service and US Department of Interior Interagency Industry Briefing

Note: We will announce additional updates as they become available. The final agenda is subject to change by the beginning of the conference.