IAFPA was first formed in 2000 by a group of airport fire officers in the UK. From the initial UK site, the work of IAFPA spread throughout the Asia Pacific and the Middle East. In March 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world and affected almost all economies on the world stage especially aviation and the hospitality industry. With this major impact, the Council decided that to be relevant in the fast changing times and to be mission ready in the post-Covid era, IAFPA needed to restructure itself going forward. On 28 Sep 2020, the IAFPA Executive Council took a major decision to merge IAFPA UK and IAFPA Asia into a strengthened single entity. This decision was unanimously supported by members at this meeting held via virtual means.
Going forward, the main IAFPA office will be headquartered in Singapore from 28 Sep 2020 onwards. UK IAFPA will continue to operate an office to reach out to new members from Europe keen to be associated with the work of IAFPA.
With this merger, the Board of Directors will be reorganized as a new IAFPA Executive Council to take on the future challenges. IAFPA will continue to promote International Civil Aviation Safety Standards in Aircraft Fire Fighting and Rescue and to promote closer cooperation between the various Emergency Responders and Emergency Planners as well as Security Agencies by both interactive and virtual programmes which will be held at locations across Europe, Asia Pacific and the Middle East.
IAFPA is helmed by Chief (Retd) Cletus Majella John Packiam and is supported by John Trew, founding Chairman and Operations Director, Falck Fire Services and Gillies Crichton, Vice Chairman and Group Head of Assurance at AGS Airports Limited.