Wipfelfeuer is not only the description for dynamically spreading fires in and above treetops, but also the eponym for the largest specialist symposium in the field of vegetation firefighting in German-speaking countries, which has been organised by @fire at intervals of two to three years for over 15 years.
The symposium offers space for lectures on operational tactics and technology in vegetation firefighting, workshops and simulation games as well as for national and international exchange on operational experiences. Special features of vegetation firefighting, such as dangerous work in impassable terrain, operations with a lack of resources, as well as the difficult situation assessment and the difficult tactical approach, are regularly the focus here. The topics vary from the use of hand tools to the use of the air force.
Participants benefit from the current state of knowledge and the exchanged experiences and can integrate this into the operational planning of their fire brigade or aid organisation or pass it on to authorities such as forestry offices.
The exchange of experiences in particular makes it possible to draw conclusions for future operations from the successes and failures of past vegetation fires. Climate change, which is already affecting vegetation fires in number and type, highlights the importance of such an event.
In addition to speakers from various countries and representatives of vehicle manufacturers, body builders and suppliers of technical equipment, more than 350 participants took part in the expert lectures at the last event.