The HAI Aerial Firefighting Safety Conference will return to Boise, Idaho, this Nov. 16–17, welcoming representatives of helicopter operators, vendors, and US ­wildland fire management agencies. The highlight of the two-day event is the inter­­agency briefing by the US Department of the Interior and the US Forest Service; the schedule will also include a firefighting safety forum and plenty of networking opportunities.

“This conference has always been an important meeting for the aerial firefighting industry,” says James A. Viola, president and CEO of HAI. “Our fire seasons are now longer, the fires are getting bigger, and they are more active in the urban interface. We also have more operators working on these fires, and this meeting provides our industry with the opportunity to meet the people who manage the fires and the firefighting contracts.”

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