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Cletus Packiam

IAFPA Chairman

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Cletus Packiam (Chairman)

Cletus Packiam is presently the Chief, Airport Emergency Service (AES) at Changi Airport Group.

The AES provides rescue and airfield fire protection services to the highest international standards for both the civilian and military airfields in the Singapore. It is staffed by over 500 trained specialists. Cletus assumed leadership of the AES from 5 May 2008.

Prior to this appointment, he was the Chief at Abu Dhabi airport emergency service from 28 Aug 2006 till May 2008. Cletus has been actively involved in IAFPA matters since 2005 and has recently accepted the appointment of Chairman



John Trew

IAFPA Vice Chairman

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John Trew (Vice Chairman)

John has worked within the Aviation Fire and Rescue Service for over 36 years in Military and Civil Airports, including roles within Senior Management at London Heathrow and Gatwick.

In these roles, he gained extensive operational experience in management of complex operations, before working in the Safety Regulation Group of the UK Civil Aviation Authority as an Aerodrome Inspector within the Aerodrome Standards department.



Gillies Crichton

IAFPA Vice Chairman

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Gillies Crichton (Vice Chairman)

Gillies joined the BAA Airport Fire Service at Edinburgh Airport in June 1988 and gained several promotions till reaching the position of Station Officer in August 1994.

He was promoted to Senior Airport Fire Officer at Glasgow Airport in March 1998 where he served in that position till 2005 when he took up his current role as Head of Assurance for Glasgow Airport. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge in command & control and crisis management having led the Glasgow Airport Crisis Team during the Terrorist Attack on the Airport in June 2007. He is in great demand as a speaker at conferences worldwide on various topics including the terrorist attack, emergency planning, risk & business continuity.

Gillies has successfully completed an MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management through Leicester University and was shortlisted for the Business Continuity Manager of the year in 2012 at the prestigious CIR awards in London.

On his off-duty time, he spent 9 years as a retained firefighter with Lothian & Borders Fire & Rescue, attending a wide variety of incidents including aircraft accidents. About the IAFPA, Gillies says, ' I feel that IAFPA helps to broaden the network of aviation related firefighting as a truly international organisation committed to sharing the knowledge and expertise which is in abundance throughout the world.'



Colin Simpson

IAFPA Director

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Colin Simpson (Director)

Colin is a founding member of the IAFPA and was a Station Officer within Royal Berkshire Fire & Resuce Service in the UK. He had 30 years service and served his last 20 years of service within a Fire Safety roll with operational and Fire Investigation commitments.

Colin's present role is CEO - FireNet International Ltd and Crisis Response Jounal.

Colin's comments are the same today as they were in the beginning. 'The main purpose of the IAFPA is to establish a coming together of all the services throughout the World that may find themselves at an incident involving a crashed aircraft. This is not just for the Airport Fire Fighters but also the Local/Municipal Fire Departments, Law Enforcement and National/Local Governments'.



Colin Murray

IAFPA Director

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Colin Murray (Director)

Colin has worked within the aviation industry for 18 years and has held the position of Fire Service Manager at Edinburgh and Aberdeen Airports. Colin brings a wealth of knowledge from his 16 years in the retained service working for Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service as well as being a long standing member of IAFPA. More recently Colin has worked closely with the CAA and has successfully delivered approval for Edinburgh Airport Fire Training Centre to deliver Aviation Fire fighter Courses as an Approved Training Provider. Colin is Head of Airside Operations and responsible for all aspects of airfield strategy, policy, and operational delivery at Edinburgh Airport. Colin role includes responsibility for Emergency Planning and Resilience at Edinburgh Airport and understands the importance and need for good communications and networking with other organisations. Colin is firm believer in sharing best practice throughout the aviation industry and fully support this ethos through his involvement with IAFPA.



Anil Varma

IAFPA Director

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Anil Varma (Director)

Anil is the Engineering and Emergency Services Manager at Auckland Airport , New Zealand. He is an Electrical Engineer by profession and is a member of the Institute of Engineers Australia and is also a Chartered Engineer . He is an alumini of Leadership New Zealand. Anil has been in charge of the Airport Emergency Services team for the last 4 years and in this time has made significant changes which include upgrading of the vehicle fleet , upgrading of the marine rescue fleet , completing a Task Resource Analysis for Category 10 operations, recruitment and training of additional staff as a result ,improving physical training standards , introduction of Lean principles at the station ,and introduction of dashboards and communications bulletins to make visible the productivity of the AES team. He firmly believes in a collaborative approach to improving standards by sharing best practices through networking which IAFPA can facilitate for its members.



Brian McKinney

IAFPA Director

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Brian McKinney (Director)

In 1987 Brian joined the Dallas Fort Worth Airport Department of Public Safety as a Public Safety Recruit. He served for three years in various Police and Fire Service Divisions becoming a HazMat Technician and a member of the Hazardous Materials Team. In 1990 Brian served as a Fire Captain in the Fire Rescue Division. In 1992 he was selected for promotion to Battalion Chief and served as the Hazardous Materials Coordinator and Shift Training Coordinator for the Fire Rescue Division.

In 1999 Brian was promoted to Assistant Chief of Operations over the Fire Rescue Division. He also served as the Assistant Chief of Training over the Career Development Division and assumed responsibility for all Fire Training (internal and external) and Public Safety Applicant processing at DFW Airport.

In 2007, Brian was promoted to Fire Chief of DFW International Airport. His duties include assisting in the overall planning, directing and coordinating of Airport public safety functions; leading the fire service emergency response programs; providing professional development of fire service personnel; managing an International Fire Training Research Center facility; providing customer safety programs and participating in emergency and disaster planning. Under Brian’s leadership, DFW Airport Fire Service continues to set the standard of safety and training excellence that the world has come to expect as he represents the Airport in numerous local, state, national, and international organizations and associations.



Mark Freeman

IAFPA Director

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Mark Freeman (Director)

Mark started his aviation career working in 1988 and has worked in both the military and private airport fire services. Mark brings a diverse and experienced history in both the local authority and the Airport Fire Services, including working for Hampshire, Buckinghamshire & Surrey and in the Aviation Fire Services Mark has held various positions at Southampton Airport, Heathrow Airport and currently as the Head of the Airport Fire Service at Gatwick Airport.

Marks roles have included Emergency Planning and Resilience at both Heathrow and Gatwick Airport and he understands the importance for good communications both internally and externally with other organisations. Mark is currently responsible for all aspects of the Airport Fire Service at Gatwick Airport, including Category 10 Operations, Fire Safety & Auditing, Gatwick Business Continuity & Risk, Emergency Planning, CAA & EASA regulation. Mark believes in sharing best practice throughout the aviation industry and is looking forward to working with many different areas of the industry across the world through his involvement with IAFPA.


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