Main Conference Day Two - Communication and Technology Integration

11:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration and Morning Networking


This session will focus on the developments surround the integration of ATAK (Android Team Awareness Kit) in enhancing operational coordination among wildland firefighters. 

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Brad Schmidt

Wildland Fire Program Manager, Center of Excellence for Advanced Technology Aerial Firefighting
Colorado Division of Fire Protection and Control

The Copernicus monitoring program, based in Europe, has become essential for detecting wildfires across the continent and globally. This session will focus on how geospatial and satellite monitoring are contributing to better understanding of fire regimes and climate change, enhancing detection of fires, and providing the backing for logistical deployment.

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Dr. Attilio Gambardella

Research Program Officer, Directorate General, Defence Industry and Space
European Commission

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Dr. Jesus San-Miguel-Ayanz

Programme Officer, Directorate General Joint Research Centre
European Commission

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm Special Sponsor Session - Wildfire Situational Awareness using Cameras

Tyler Smith - US Wildfire and Utilities Manager, FTS Inc.

Effective decision making during an emergency wildfire event comes down to two critical components the first is preparedness, and the second is situational awareness. Setting yourself up for success in advance by monitoring conditions in your area and then making the right decisions based on real time data can be the difference between an unmitigated disaster vs. an easily manageable event. Catching a wildfire early, can be the difference between thousands of dollars and multiple millions of dollars of damage to assets and communities. This presentation describes one critical piece of real time monitoring technology that can help an organization at risk to be prepared for a wildfire event, and take correct, immediate action during a new wildfire start.



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Tyler Smith

US Wildfire and Utilities Manager
FTS Inc.

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm Lunch and Networking Break


Representatives from the OCFA will discuss the Fire Integrated Real-time Intelligence System (FIRIS), wildfire situational awareness tool for first responders that combines intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities with accurate, real-time wildland fire spread modeling and an integrated common operational software platform for sharing and accessing information. The FIRIS program has recently been rolled out to the entirety of California, and this session will look at successes and lessons learned.

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Dr. Ilkay Altintas

Founder and Director
WIFIRE Lab

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Joel Lane

Air Attack Group Supervisor
Orange County Fire Authority

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm Networking Break


Vegetation structure and type influence fire behaviour and fire risk. By combining imagery and lidar it is possible to build a detailed picture of vegetation and its condition that can support the fire community. The presentation will focus on how mapping of individual trees can support an understanding of risk to utilities, structures and other assets and how these data can help predict fire behaviour and future landscape conditions.



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Andrew Brenner

Senior Program Director, NV5 Geospatial
Quantum Spatial

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Matthew Borish

Senior Solutions Developer, Electric Utility Sector
Quantum Spatial

The massive amounts of data generated by remote sensing, climate and weather tracking and other sources creates a major challenge for state and federal agencies hoping to put all of that data to work effectively. This session will take a look into how the National Interagency Fire Center handles managing varying data standards and the steps they are taking to remedy issues in remote sensing data and field communications.

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Sean Triplett

Branch Leader for Tools and Technology, NIFC
US Forest Service

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Everett Hinkley

Remote Sensing Tools Program Manager
US Forest Service

Emerging technologies such as heat and smoke monitors and thermal cameras are all ideal for monitoring potential and active fuels for wildfire. Integrating these technologies with geospatial software gives agencies the power to better predict, prevent and detect wildfire conditions. Members from the groundbreaking ALERT Wildfire Program will give a brief on the successes and potential for greater integration of remote sensing technologies.

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Dr. Graham Kent

Professor, ALERT Wildfire Program
University of Nevada, Reno

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Dr. Douglas Toomey

Professor, ALERT Wildfire Program
University of Oregon

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Post Conference Networking