Chairman's Message

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IN THE BEGINNING

Dear Members,

We started the year 2021 with a ray of hope that a vaccine is available to fight the Covid-19 pandemic! It is fortunate there is some respite with the vaccines available to the human population, and we see optimism in the aviation industry, which had been severely crippled by the pandemic.
   
While we pay our utmost tribute to the healthcare personnel who work tirelessly to battle and contain the pandemic, we must also honour a silent group of heroes who continue to stand firm through the pandemic: the ARFF personnel. These ARFF personnel are committed to ensure the continuous running of flight operations which are now mostly cargo and repatriation flights, providing precious lifelines to a country’s economy and survival, and for people based away from home to be reunited with their loved ones. We saw ARFF firefighters in action when they responded to incidents at Manila Airport, The Philippines, in March 2020; at Kerala, India, in August 2020; and more recently in Denver, USA in February 2021. Let us recognise that ARFF’s very existence is due to ICAO Annex 14, dating back to 1955 and without which, an aerodrome cannot function today to create these critical lifelines.

Despite these difficult times, ARFF services must stay positive, resilient and remain connected. As part of our efforts to embrace digital connectivity, I am pleased to announce the launch of our newly revamped IAFPA website! In this new edition, we have incorporated a news section to keep members updated of ARFF and aviation-related events worldwide, a commentary section where members can tap on the collective wisdom of other members or guest writers to learn from one another. We have even included a section for the aviation enthusiasts! Do keep a lookout for updates at the website and we love to hear from you too.

The Members of the Board and I look forward to resuming our regular seminars and conferences, meeting you in-person again when the pandemic is no longer a threat and after the authorities have opened borders for unrestricted travel. Until then, we wish you and your loved ones the best of health and please keep safe.


Cletus MJ Packiam

Chairman, IAFPA