Mr. Cletus Packiam
Chief, Airport Emergency Service at Changi Airport Group

Cletus M John Packiam is the Chief, Airport Emergency Service at Changi Airport Group. He started his career with Department of Civil Aviation in 1976 and since then he held various posts in the emergency services. In the initial year he was responsible for operational manning, providing the Changi airfield fire category etc. In 1988 he was promoted to Operations Commander and took charge of the airfield fire protection cover for the dual runway operations at Changi. In 1998, he was promoted to Divisional Officer and assumed direct control of the AES operations at Changi as Commander (civil). In 2001, he was awarded a Cranfield/CAAS study grant and left to study Disaster Management at the Royal Military College of Science, Cranfield, UK. In late 2002, he assumed the post of Head, AES Operations at Changi airport. In 2008, he assumed the Chief, AES portfolio at CAAS and subsequently at Changi Airport Group. In between he had 1.5 years of tenure at Abu Dhabi Airport as Chief, Airport Emergency Service, where he re-organised the Dubai airport emergency services.

Cletus is an active IAFPA board member since 2004. He was awarded the Eefficiency Medal in 1995 by the Ministry of Transport and followed by the Public Administration (Bronze) medal and Long Service medal in 2008.

Mr. John Trew
Senior Specialist Consultant

Global Knowledge Center – Vice President EMS Division, Falck A/S Danmark since March 2010

Mr. William Mulcahey
Editor/Executive Publisher, Aviation Fire Journal
Mr. Bernard Valois
Chief Emergency Response for the 110 Transport Canada owned and operated airports

Bernard Valois AAE has been involved in aviation fire protection since 1974. He started as an airport fire fighter with Transport Canada and through various promotions reached the position of Chief Emergency Response for the 110 Transport Canada owned and operated airports. In 1996, further to the Canadian Government initiative to privatize airports, Bernard joined the Civil Aviation Aerodrome Safety Branch of Transport Canada in the role of Senior Specialist Aircraft Fire Fighting. After retiring from the government of Canada after a 35 year career, he continues to serve the ARFF community by doing consulting work with Autopyro, a company that he established in the eighties.

Bernard is an active participant in the standard writing process, in addition to his involvement in the NFPA aviation safety standards, he chaired the International Civil Aviation Organization Rescue and Fire Fighting working group, the Canadian National Standards committee for protective clothing and fire fighters helmet, the Airport Commission of the “Comité technique international de protection contre les feux” and the NFPA 414 Standard Task Group. He is currently the Canadian representative on the ISO Fire Fighting agent standards technical committee. Bernard has served on the board of director of the Canadian Association of fire Chief and the NFPA Aviation section Board of Director.