The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-09-20T01:25:22Z Emergency management sector continues to grow, diversify and ride the waves of change at largest AFAC yet 2019-09-20T01:25:22Z emergency-management-sector-continues-to-grow-diversify-and-ride-the-waves-of-change-at-largest-afac-yet Records were smashed at Australasia’s largest-ever emergency management conference, with AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ seeing more than 4,000 attendees over four days in Melbourne. AFAC19 included speakers and exhibitors from over 17 countries including the US, Canada, Germany and Fiji, and an expo stage that shared over 30 practical presentations. This year the event hosted a record 194 exhibitors. This was also the second time AFAC19 was held alongside the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference and the first time alongside the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) Australia Conference. Stuart Ellis, CEO, AFAC said AFAC19 had been a remarkable success. “This year was our biggest conference to date, and we explored many of the big issues affecting the wider community including climate change and technological advancements. As well as reflecting on our current work, we also challenged the sector to look forward and consider how all agencies can evolve to better reflect the communities we serve. “AFAC19 was a vital opportunity to open up conversations around the changing nature of emergency management to look at how we can do things differently.” This year’s speaker presentations focused on a push towards greater diversity and inclusion, empowering communities to be better prepared for emergencies, and helping with community resilience in the wake of emergencies and disasters. Keynote speaker, Dr Robert Glasser, opened the second day of the conference with his presentation on preparing for an emerging era of disasters. Dr Glasser used his experiences as former head of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction and his role as Special Representative to the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction to detail the realities of the impact climate change will continue to have on disaster and emergency management and how emergency responders can prepare for this. “As our planet continues to warm, we will be entering an unprecedented time, an era of disasters unlike anything we’ve experienced before. “It’s human nature to assume the future will unfold in the same way as the recent past. However that is a dangerously flawed way of managing disaster risk,” said Dr Glasser. The Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook was released at AFAC19 by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC. The 2019/20 fire season has the potential to be a very active season across Australia, as has already been seen in Queensland and New South Wales, following a very warm and dry start to the year. Other highlights of AFAC19 included: A high calibre and diverse range of speakers, subject matter experts and attendees, numbering 4,061 over the four days of the conference The largest number of exhibitors and the most spectacular exhibition floor in the history of the event Unprecedented cross-industry collaboration leading to one of the most successful exhibitions and conferences in AFAC history Strong support and open embracing of the themes of diversity and inclusion by all participants and attendees. Code 3 who have exhibited at AFAC for a number of years were thrilled with the turnout at the exhibition and the success of this year’s event. Jon Julian, National Sales Manager – Emergency said “AFAC19 was an incredible opportunity for Code 3 to showcase our C3DNA technology and generate a huge amount of interest and exposure for our emergency lighting and warning device products. The whole exhibition hall was spectacular, we are extremely happy with the success of AFAC19 and cannot wait to see what is in store for AFAC20.” As AFAC looks forward to 2020, the focus of the event will shift to Connecting communities. Creating resilience. The 2020 AFAC conference will be held in Adelaide from 25-28 August at the Adelaide Convention Centre and is set to build on the incredible momentum of the 2019 conference and exhibition. Further information is available at www.afacconference.com.au -ENDS- Media contacts: Zadro Elizabeth Williams, Group Account Director | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 411 201 354 Yvette Schlegelmilch, Account Manager | yvette@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 423 954 224 Images: All images can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty-free with attribution to AFAC19. Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Website: www.afacconference.com.au/ Facebook: @AFACnews Twitter: @AFACnews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/australasian-fire-and-emergency-service-authorities-council YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu18lYmKgFcL27XBKFI7Klw Hashtag: #AFAC19 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Facebook: @bnhcrc Twitter: @bnhcrc LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bushfire-and-natural-hazards-crc-a0919043/ YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/bnhcrc Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience Website: www.aidr.org.au/adrc Facebook: @AIDRnews Twitter: @AIDR_news Linked In: https://au.linkedin.com/company/aidr Hashtag: #ADRC2019 Institution of Fire Engineers Website: https://www.afacconference.com.au/ife/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InstitutionOfFireEngineersAustraliaBranch/ Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/institution-of-fire-engineers/ PRESS CONFERENCE ALERT Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook August 2019 2019-08-27T02:58:49Z press-conference-alert-australian-seasonal-bushfire-outlook-august-2019 Tuesday, 27 August 2019 The Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2019 will be released by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC as part of AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ. Senior representatives from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, the Bureau of Meteorology and fire agencies from across Australia will provide information about the bushfire risk in Victoria, NSW, the ACT, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia this fire season. Press Conference Details What: Launch of the Australian Seasonal Bushfire Outlook August 2019 Time: 11am (AEST) Date: Wednesday, 28 August 2019 Location: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, Victoria 3006 Door 2 (near registration desk), Exhibition Centre, MCEC Speakers: Dr Richard Thornton, CEO Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre Dr David Jones, Bureau of Meteorology Commissioner Andrew Crisp, Emergency Management Victoria Deputy Commissioner Mark Roche, Queensland Fire and Emergency Service Senior Assistant Commissioner Bruce McDonald, New South Wales Rural Fire Service Chief Fire Officer Joe Murphy, ACT Rural Fire Service Acting Chief Officer Bruce Byatt, Tasmania Fire Service Acting Chief Officer Andrew Stark, South Australia Country Fire Service Commissioner Darren Klemm, Department of Fire and Emergency Services All speakers are available for follow up interviews upon request. For Victoria, this includes Commissioner Andrew Crisp, Emergency Management Victoria; Country Fire Authority Chief Officer Steve Warrington; and Acting Chief Fire Officer Forest Fire Management Victoria, Chris Eagles. Further announcements and exhibition broadcast opportunities are available directly following the Bushfire Outlook 2019. See media contacts below for further information. Media Contacts Elizabeth Williams | Group Account Director M 0411 201 354 | E elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au Yvette Schlegelmilch | Account Manager M 0423 954 224 | E yvette@zadroagency.com.au Nathan Maddock | Communications Officer | Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC M 0439 377 080 | E nathan.maddock@bnhcrc.com.au Leone Knight | Communications Manager | AFAC and AIDR M 0488 212 121 | E Leone.Knight@aidr.org.au Leone Knight | Communications Manager | AFAC and AIDR M 0488 212 121 | E Leone.Knight@aidr.org.au Emergency management volunteers: local heroes the new normal in Australia’s response arsenal 2019-08-22T02:41:50Z emergency-management-volunteers-local-heroes-the-new-normal-in-australias-response-arsenal Volunteers from across Australia’s emergency services will drive a surge in attendance for this years’ AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ conference, to be held in conjunction with the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference (ADRC) in Melbourne at the end of August. An estimated 87 per cent of the Australian emergency management sector is made up of volunteers, with AFAC reporting that of their 296,000 members, made up of fire, SES and land management agencies, 254,000 of these members are volunteers, and 100,000 of these are based in Victoria[1]. The Country Fire Authority (CFA) and the Victorian State Emergency Services (SES), along with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB), Emergency Management Victoria (EMV) and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning will be in attendance at the largest event of its kind to date. In AFAC19’s host state of Victoria, the CFA alone is comprised of over 60,000 volunteers, across 1,200 brigades, who provide the state with emergency services valued at $1billion[2] annually, as well as untold millions in property, environment, and natural resources across the state. They also assist to prepare, educate and support prevention in local communities, as well as build resilience and recovery, therefore, playing a key role in protecting the state economy. Similarly, 95 per cent of the Victorian SES is made up of volunteers, with a team of 5,000 in 149 units spread across the state. Dr Faye Bendrups, Vice-chair, National SES Volunteers Association says, that the average age of volunteers is going up, as fewer young people are coming through the ranks to replace them. “The average age of an emergency services volunteer firefighter is 48 years[3] and we aren’t seeing them being replaced at the rate we need. This is partly due to the perceived lack of flexibility that is offered and the changing nature of the younger workforce, with many young people on casual contracts which means they are not regularly available for training and frontline response work. “Other reasons cited for the ageing volunteer population are potentially a lack of gender and cultural diversity in the sector, especially when compared to other non-emergency service volunteer sectors,” said Dr Bendrups. These challenges will be discussed at AFAC19, with the overall theme for the conference riding the wave of change and how the sector is transitioning to a new normal in response to factors creating significant change within communities, and the issues impacting the volunteer emergency management sector. Local and international speakers will explore big topics including: Andrew McCullough & Katie Moulton NSW State Emergency Service and NSW Department of Justice, Harnessing Community Spirit in Berowra – Redefining how NSW SES use community resources during disasters Jill Downard Department of Fire and Emergency Services Western Australia Virtual Operations Support Team: harnessing corporate volunteering to create social media response surge capacity during incidents Jon Kneebone Fire and Emergency New Zealand Encourage, maintain, and strengthen the capability of volunteers Anastasia Bougesis Team Rubicon Australia Team Rubicon Australia: Empowering Communities to Recover through the Management of Spontaneous Volunteers in Disaster Relief Operations Stuart Ellis, CEO, AFAC said emergency management volunteers not only help in disasters but help to build more resilient communities. “Volunteers are trained to be able to prevent, prepare for and respond to natural disasters and emergencies. They are highly skilled and are trained to provide first aid, navigation, administration, communication, incident management, support and leadership and marine rescue, as well as playing a leading role in community engagement and education, incident prevention and mitigation. “AFAC19 is an important opportunity to bring together staff and volunteers from across the many segments of the emergency management sector, to discuss important issues specific to them and the vital role they play in crisis response and day-to-day in their local communities,” said Mr Ellis. AFAC19 will also feature the largest exhibition to date including an Expo Stage program with 30 practical presentations, and a show floor with nearly 200 companies showcasing the latest in emergency management products and services. AFAC19 powered by INTERSHUTZ is being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from 27-30 August 2019. The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference and the Institution of Fire Engineers Australia National Conference will be held alongside AFAC19. Further information is available at www.afacconference.com.au -ENDS- Notes to Editors: All keynote speakers are available for interview on request via media contacts below Available for interview on request via media contacts below: Stuart Ellis, CEO, Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC) Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director, Deutsche Messe Accredited media are invited to attend AFAC19 and will be hosted in the media room. Additional support for live-cross, broadcast and interviews with stakeholders can be arranged. Limited broadcast vans can be accommodated onsite. Please register for your media pass by sending your name, position and publication title to elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Zadro Elizabeth Williams, Group Account Director | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 411 201 354 Yvette Schlegelmilch, Account Manager | yvette@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 423 954 224 Images: All images can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty free. About AFAC19 27-30 August | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change Returning to Melbourne for four action-packed days, AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will attract delegates and visitors from emergency and security services agencies, all levels of government, non-government organisations, the private sector, research and education institutions and community groups from Australia and worldwide. The AFAC19 program will incorporate the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum, the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference and The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) National Conference. Themed “A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change” AFAC19 explores how the sector is transitioning to a new normal in a rapidly changing world. AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is a joint venture between Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and Deutsche Messe, trading in Australia as Hannover Fairs Pty Ltd. Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Website: www.afacconference.com.au/ Facebook: @AFACnews Twitter: @AFACnews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/australasian-fire-and-emergency-service-authorities-council YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu18lYmKgFcL27XBKFI7Klw Hashtag: #AFAC19 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Facebook: @bnhcrc Twitter: @bnhcrc LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bushfire-and-natural-hazards-crc-a0919043/ YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/bnhcrc Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience Website: www.aidr.org.au/adrc Facebook: @AIDRnews Twitter: @AIDR_news Linked In: https://au.linkedin.com/company/aidr Hashtag: #ADRC2019 Institution of Fire Engineers Website: https://www.afacconference.com.au/ife/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InstitutionOfFireEngineersAustraliaBranch/ Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/institution-of-fire-engineers/ [1] https://www.volunteer.vic.gov.au/become-emergency-services-volunteer [2] https://www.vfbv.com.au/index.php/about/ourvolunteers/aboutvolunteers [3] https://volunteerfirefighters.org.au/future-volunteering-fire-emergency-services-australia-wide MEDIA INVITATION: The largest most diverse showcase of fire and emergency management equipment, expertise, and research at AFAC19 2019-08-20T05:10:08Z media-invitation-the-largest-most-diverse-showcase-of-fire-and-emergency-management-equipment-expertise-and-research-at-afac19 Dear {{ first_name | fallback:"Editor" }}, You’re invited to attend the region’s largest fire & emergency management conference, AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ. Local and international emergency services leaders will come together under the theme of this year’s conference A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change. For the first time, AFAC19 will run concurrently with the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) National Conference and the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference and will once again open with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum, highlighting the many and varied segments that make up Australia’s emergency management industry. In addition to the 120 expert speakers, the event will feature the largest exhibition ever, with nearly 200 companies showcasing the latest innovative products and services that help protect our country against natural disasters, an Expo Stage program with over 30 practical presentations, and world-first announcements and displays currently under embargo. Event: AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ When: Tuesday 27 – Friday 30 August 2019 Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre PHOTO / BROADCAST OPPORTUNITIES Free media passes available – simply reply to this email with your full name, position and publication title/s. Highlights for media: Press conference: Launch of the Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2019 Wednesday 28th August, 11 am (AEST) The Australia Seasonal Bushfire Outlook 2019 will be released by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC as part of AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ. Senior representatives from the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, the Bureau of Meteorology and fire agencies from across Australia will provide information about the bushfire risk in Victoria, NSW, the ACT, Queensland, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia this fire season. Ministerial announcement and media address: Exclusive details of an innovative partnership to design a first-of-its-kind response vehicle in Australia. Wednesday 28th August, 11.30 am (AEST) on the exhibition show floor. NOTE: All details of the Minister’s announcement are currently under embargo, however media resources will be provided on the day. Daily Live Demonstrations NOTE: Live demonstrations can be set up outside allocated times and pre-arranged for broadcast. Portable RAWS (Remote Automated Weather Station) ESS Weathertec Wednesday, 28 August, 3.00pm Thursday, 28 August, 11.30am Direct from Canada, the FTS Quick Deploy portable weather station is the fire community’s most widely used weather station for prescribed burns and temporary monitoring applications. It offers the same scientific-grade accuracy and reliability as our full fixed RAWS in a portable form, which can be set up completely in 15 minutes by one person, with no tools and no technical training. Note to Media: demonstrations can be organised to correspond with live-cross broadcast opportunities, including weather segments. Images above: supplied Land and air extrictions Australasian Road Rescue Organisation (ARRO) Severe car crash extrication simulation Wednesday 28 August 1.30pm Thursday 29 August 1.00pm Edge Training & Simulation Flight crew extrication from a helicopter Wednesday 28 August 1.30pm Thursday 29 August 1.00pm Images above: supplied Plus, rescue equipment, security systems, fire station equipment, disaster relief technologies, and dozens of vehicles ranging from vintage fire trucks, to the new Tesla Model X recently deployed for use by Victorian Police. Images above: supplied Images: All images (not noted as supplied) can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty-free. Conference speaker and interview opportunities: Dr. Robert Glasser, Australian Strategic Policy Institute and former Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) Building Australia’s resilience in the era of disasters Josephine Reynolds The UK’s first full-time female firefighter Using My Voice Andy Pittman Director, Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, Order of Australia (OA) 2019 Progress, potential and challenges for predicting future weather and climate extremes Bronwyn Weir Lawyer, co-author of the Shergold Weir report, legal advisor to the Victorian Cladding Taskforce Improving compliance and enforcement in the building sector through cultural change Dr Lance O’Sullivan Medical Innovator, former New Zealander of the year Positive Disruptive leadership All speakers are available for interview on request. View the full program here. Exhibiting companies may also provide media spokespeople– view list here Interviews available before, during and after AFAC19. Let us know your preferences and we will endeavour to schedule interview times. Free media passes available – simply reply to this email with your full name, position and publication title/s. Once your request is approved, you will receive an email. Bring photo ID with you to the registration desks upon entry to AFAC19 and they will supply you with your media pass and lanyard. For more information: http://www.afacconference.com.au/media/ Looking forward to hearing from you. Media contacts: Zadro Elizabeth Williams, Group Account Director | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 411 201 354 Yvette Schleglemilch | Account Manager yvette@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 423 954 224 Diversity and inclusion changing Australia’s emergency management sector for the better 2019-08-13T23:04:32Z diversity-and-inclusion-changing-australias-emergency-management-sector-for-the-better This year’s AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ conference theme A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change, brings together a host of speakers and experts from across emergency management disciplines, to address how the sector can better embrace change and create a more robust sector, that better represents the wider community. The conference and exhibition held in Melbourne in August will explore how inclusion and diversity can lead to innovative approaches towards disaster prevention, response processes, and connecting with all communities to build resilience and aid recovery. More than 120 speakers in six immersive streams will delve deep into the changing landscape of fire safety, emergency management and research across the wider AFAC19 program and share with attendees how to prepare for the future, based on lessons learned from the past. There will be a strong focus on cultural fire management and the knowledge and history to be shared by all Australian communities. Speakers will discuss new ways of looking at responsibilities and connection to the environment and how this can be incorporated into fire prevention, planning and community recovery. This will also include a panel discussion about how fire management has changed in the ten years since Black Saturday. The cultural burning stream will be supported by an offsite excursion as part of the Professional Development Program designed to educate participants on ancient land management practices. Stuart Ellis, CEO, AFAC commented on the importance of having more diversity and inclusion in the emergency response sector. “This year we’re looking at some big issues impacting the community including population growth, climate change and technological advancements. But we’re also challenging the sector to examine ourselves, including traditional areas of responsibility, agency capability, and diversity and inclusion initiatives to better reflect the communities we serve. “AFAC19 is a vital opportunity to bring together the many segments that make up our evolving fire and emergency management sector, to discuss all issues that have become the new normal in emergency management,” said Mr Ellis. To cover the big issue and topics, AFAC19 will bring leading international and national keynote speakers to the conference, including Josephine Reynolds The UK’s first full-time female firefighter Using My Voice Sandra Robinson Aviation Coordinator, Parks Victoria Women in Aviation - #socanshe Jamie Bertram Environment Officer/ Aboriginal Liaison Officer, NSW Rural Fire Service Rekindle country: Jubullum combined Hotspots and Community Protection Plan project Donna Wheatley Commander, Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) Melbourne Inclusion in the Fire Service - Storming to Norming AFAC19 powered by INTERSHUTZ is co-produced by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), Deutsche Messe and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from 27-30 August 2019. The Institution of Fire Engineers Australia National Conference and the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will be held alongside AFAC19. Further information is available at www.afacconference.com.au -ends- Notes to Editors: All keynote speakers are available for interview on request via media contacts below Available for interview on request via media contacts below: Stuart Ellis, CEO, Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC) Accredited media are invited to attend AFAC19 and will be hosted in the media room. Additional support for live-cross, broadcast and interviews with stakeholders can be arranged. Limited broadcast vans can be accommodated onsite. Please register for your media pass by sending your name, position and publication title to elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Zadro Elizabeth Williams, Group Account Director | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 411 201 354 Yvette Schlegelmilch, Account Manager | yvette@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 423 954 224 Images: All images of AFAC from past years can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty free. Hi-res images of speakers available on request. Josephine Reynolds Sandra Robinson Jamie Bertram Donna Wheatley About AFAC19 27-30 August | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change Returning to Melbourne for four action-packed days, AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will attract delegates and visitors from emergency and security services agencies, all levels of government, non-government organisations, the private sector, research and education institutions and community groups from Australia and worldwide. The AFAC19 program will incorporate the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum, the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference and The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) National Conference. Themed “A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change” AFAC19 explores how the sector is transitioning to a new normal in a rapidly changing world. AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is a joint venture between Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and Deutsche Messe, trading in Australia as Hannover Fairs Pty Ltd. Institution of Fire Engineers Website: https://www.afacconference.com.au/ife/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InstitutionOfFireEngineersAustraliaBranch/ Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/institution-of-fire-engineers/ Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Website: www.afacconference.com.au/ Facebook: @AFACnews Twitter: @AFACnews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/australasian-fire-and-emergency-service-authorities-council YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu18lYmKgFcL27XBKFI7Klw Hashtag: #AFAC19 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Facebook: @bnhcrc Twitter: @bnhcrc LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bushfire-and-natural-hazards-crc-a0919043/ YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/bnhcrc Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience Website: www.aidr.org.au/adrc Facebook: @AIDRnews Twitter: @AIDR_news Linked In: https://au.linkedin.com/company/aidr Hashtag: #ADRC2019 Riding the waves: Extreme weather, climate change and disaster resilience at AFAC19 2019-08-13T04:35:26Z riding-the-waves-extreme-weather-climate-change-and-disaster-resilience-at-afac19 Leading Australian and international emergency management professionals from climate, weather and natural hazards sectors will gather in Melbourne in August, as AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is held alongside the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference. This year’s AFAC19 Conference will explore the impact of nature, climate and the environment on disaster prevention, early warning and response processes, as well as the long-term implications on community and environmental recovery. More than 120 speakers in six immersive streams will delve deep into the changing landscape of fire safety, emergency management and research across the wider AFAC19 program and share with attendees how to prepare for the future, based on lessons learned from the past. Stuart Ellis, CEO, AFAC commented on how emergency services are adapting to prepare for and address the challenges that come with more frequent extreme weather events and natural disasters, and how this is shaping the national emergency response sector. “This year we’re looking at some big issues affecting the wider community including population growth, climate change and, extreme weather and how we can adapt, prepare for and better manage these events.” “AFAC19 is a vital opportunity to bring together leaders from across a variety of disciplines that make up the evolving fire and emergency service sector, to discuss issues that are becoming the new normal in emergency management,” said Mr Ellis. To cover the big issue and topics, AFAC19 will bring leading international and national keynote speakers to the conference, including Dr David Jones, Manager of Climate Services, Bureau of Meteorology State of the Climate 2018: Climate change and it’s impact on emergency management John Nairn, State Manager of South Australia, Bureau of Meteorology South Australian heatwave forecasts and warnings: performance and some impacts during January 2019, Australia’s hottest month on record Prof. Lesley Hughes and Greg Mullins, The Climate Council Coping with the ‘new normal’ in changing climate This year’s AFAC19 conference theme A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change, embraces the evolution, diversity and inclusion of all industries working together to form a robust emergency management sector, and the communities it represents. AFAC19 powered by INTERSHUTZ is co-produced by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), Deutsche Messe and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from 27-30 August 2019. The Institution of Fire Engineers Australia National Conference and the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will be held alongside AFAC19. Further information is available at www.afacconference.com.au -ends- Notes to Editors: All keynote speakers are available for interview on request via media contacts below Available for interview on request via media contacts below: Stuart Ellis, CEO, Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC) Accredited media are invited to attend AFAC19 and will be hosted in the media room. Additional support for live-cross, broadcast and interviews with stakeholders can be arranged. Limited broadcast vans can be accommodated onsite. Please register for your media pass by sending your name, position and publication title to elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Zadro Elizabeth Williams, Group Account Director | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 411 201 354 Yvette Schlegelmilch, Account Manager | yvette@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 423 954 224 Images: All images of AFAC from past years can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty free. Hi-res images of speakers available on request. Dr David Jones John Nairn Prof. Lesley Hughes Greg Mullins About AFAC19 27-30 August | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change Returning to Melbourne for four action-packed days, AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will attract delegates and visitors from emergency and security services agencies, all levels of government, non-government organisations, the private sector, research and education institutions and community groups from Australia and worldwide. The AFAC19 program will incorporate the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum, the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference and The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) National Conference. Themed “A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change” AFAC19 explores how the sector is transitioning to a new normal in a rapidly changing world. AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is a joint venture between Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and Deutsche Messe, trading in Australia as Hannover Fairs Pty Ltd. Institution of Fire Engineers Website: https://www.afacconference.com.au/ife/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InstitutionOfFireEngineersAustraliaBranch/ Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/institution-of-fire-engineers/ Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Website: www.afacconference.com.au/ Facebook: @AFACnews Twitter: @AFACnews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/australasian-fire-and-emergency-service-authorities-council YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu18lYmKgFcL27XBKFI7Klw Hashtag: #AFAC19 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Facebook: @bnhcrc Twitter: @bnhcrc LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bushfire-and-natural-hazards-crc-a0919043/ YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/bnhcrc Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience Website: www.aidr.org.au/adrc Facebook: @AIDRnews Twitter: @AIDR_news Linked In: https://au.linkedin.com/company/aidr Hashtag: #ADRC2019 Spotlight on prevention, compliance and infrastructure as engineering sector strengthens AFAC19 2019-08-06T02:37:35Z spotlight-on-prevention-compliance-and-infrastructure-as-engineering-sector-strengthens-afac19 Leading Australian and international representatives from the engineering, infrastructure and construction industries will gather in Melbourne in August, as AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is held alongside the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) National Conference. This year’s IFE Conference will explore building, facilities and engineering issues including disaster prevention and resilience, early warning and response processes. The event will also tackle the big issues affecting the industry head-on covering governance, compliance and enforcement issues in the construction and engineering sector. Construction codes and standards as they pertain to real events will be discussed, such as an in-depth examination of the use of building cladding in the wake of the London Grenfell Tower fire in 2017. More than 120 speakers in six immersive streams will delve deep into the changing landscape of fire safety, emergency services and research across the wider AFAC19 program and share with attendees how to prepare for the future, based on lessons learned from the past. AFAC19 and IFE keynote speaker Bronwyn Weir, Lawyer and legal advisor to the Victorian Cladding Taskforce commented on the impact the London Grenfell Tower fire has had on the Australian building sector regulation and best practice. “The circumstances surrounding the Lacrosse Fire in Melbourne and the tragic Grenfell Tower fire prompted an assessment of building regulations across Australia which included consideration of the role that fire authorities play in the building design and approvals process.” “We recommended that, consistent with the International Fire Engineering Guidelines, the early engagement of fire authorities in the design process with regards to fire safety matters be required. Quality fire safety engineering is vital to building safety and to prevent such events happening in Australia,” said Weir. To cover the big issue and topics, AFAC19 and IFE will bring leading international and national keynote speakers to the conference, including: Rt Hon. Sally Capp, Lord Mayor, City of Melbourne Future Melbourne: Growing Our City Safely Marianne Foley, Arup Fellow, Arup 22 years of performance-based fire engineering: Where did it get us? Neil Savery, Chief Executive, Australian Building Codes Board National Construction Codes – Future Directions Dr Angus Law, Lecturer, The University of Edinburgh Field of application: Test results in Fire Engineering This year’s AFAC19 conference theme A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change, embraces the evolution, diversity and inclusion of all industries working together to form a robust emergency management sector, and the communities it represents. AFAC19 powered by INTERSHUTZ is co-produced by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), Deutsche Messe and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from 27-30 August 2019. Institution of Fire Engineers National Conference and the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will be held alongside AFAC19. Further information is available at www.afacconference.com.au -ends- Notes to Editors: All keynote speakers are available for interview on request via media contacts below Available for interview on request via media contacts below: Stuart Ellis, CEO, Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC) Accredited media are invited to attend AFAC19 and will be hosted in the media room. Additional support for live-cross, broadcast and interviews with stakeholders can be arranged. Limited broadcast vans can be accommodated onsite. Please register for your media pass by sending your name, position and publication title to elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Zadro Elizabeth Williams, Group Account Director | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 411 201 354 Yvette Schlegelmilch, Account Manager | yvette@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 423 954 224 Images: All images of AFAC from past years can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty-free. Hi-res images of speakers available on request. Lord Mayor Sally Capp Marianne Foley Neil Savery Dr Angus Law About AFAC19 27-30 August | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change Returning to Melbourne for four action-packed days, AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will attract delegates and visitors from emergency and security services agencies, all levels of government, non-government organisations, the private sector, research and education institutions and community groups from Australia and worldwide. The AFAC19 program will incorporate the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum, the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference and The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) National Conference. Themed “A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change” AFAC19 explores how the sector is transitioning to a new normal in a rapidly changing world. AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is a joint venture between Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and Deutsche Messe, trading in Australia as Hannover Fairs Pty Ltd. Institution of Fire Engineers Website: https://www.afacconference.com.au/ife/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InstitutionOfFireEngineersAustraliaBranch/ Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/institution-of-fire-engineers/ Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Website: www.afacconference.com.au/ Facebook: @AFACnews Twitter: @AFACnews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/australasian-fire-and-emergency-service-authorities-council YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu18lYmKgFcL27XBKFI7Klw Hashtag: #AFAC19 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Facebook: @bnhcrc Twitter: @bnhcrc LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bushfire-and-natural-hazards-crc-a0919043/ YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/bnhcrc Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience Website: www.aidr.org.au/adrc Facebook: @AIDRnews Twitter: @AIDR_news Linked In: https://au.linkedin.com/company/aidr Hashtag: #ADRC2019 Diversity, inclusion and change, the new normal in Australia’s emergency management sector 2019-07-08T07:05:16Z diversity-inclusion-and-change-the-new-normal-in-australias-emergency-management-sector Local and international emergency services leaders will meet in Melbourne at AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ over four days in August, for what promises to be the largest and most inclusive AFAC exhibition and conference yet. First response agencies, government, community, academia, not for profit, heavy industry, building, environment and engineering sectors are expected to drive the surge in attendance, activity and knowledge exchange. For the first time, the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) National Conference will be held alongside the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference as part of an expanded AFAC19 program. Opening proceedings, the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum will reveal leading research into natural hazards, whilst also covering human factors such as resilience and recovery. This year’s conference theme A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change, reflects how the sector is transitioning to a new normal in response to factors creating significant change, including frameworks for diversity and inclusion, empowering communities to be more resilient and better prepared for emergencies, and helping societies recover from natural disasters sustainably. Over 120 speakers in six immersive streams will delve deeper into the subject of progression and share with attendees how to prepare for the future, based on the lessons learned from the past. Stuart Ellis, CEO, AFAC commented on the transformation in the national emergency response sector. “This year we’re looking at some big issues affecting the community including population growth, climate change and technological advancements, but we’re also challenging the sector by examining traditional areas of responsibility, agency capability, and diversity and inclusion initiatives to better reflect the communities we serve. “AFAC19 is a vital opportunity to bring together the many segments that make up our evolving fire and emergency service sector, to discuss all issues that have become the new normal in emergency management,” said Mr Ellis. With big subjects and big changes to be covered, AFAC19 brings leading international and national keynote speakers to the conference, including: Dr Robert Glasser, Australian Strategic Policy InstituteFormer Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Josephine Reynolds The UK’s first full-time female firefighterUsing My Voice Eliane Miles Social researcher, business strategist, trend analyst, demographerAustralia’s changing communities: Now and towards 2030 Dr Lance O’Sullivan Medical Innovator, former New Zealander of the yearPositive disruptive leadership Bronwyn Weir Lawyer, co-author of the Shergold Weir report, legal advisor to the Victorian Cladding TaskforceImproving compliance and enforcement in the building sector through cultural change Donna Wheatley Commander, Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) Melbourne Inclusion in the Fire Service – Storming to Norming Co-produced by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and Deutsche Messe, AFAC19 will feature the largest exhibition to date. In addition to nearly 200 companies showcasing the latest innovative products, services and solutions over 12,000sqm, the exhibition will feature an Expo Stage program with 30 practical presentations. Exciting demonstrations will include live fire training from Smokeshield Australia, a flight crew extrication from a helicopter by Edge Training & Simulation, and a crash scene extrication from the Australasian Road Rescue Organisation. AFAC19 powered by INTERSHUTZ is being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) from 27-30 August 2019. Further information is available at www.afacconference.com.au -ends- Notes to Editors: All keynote speakers are available for interview on request via media contacts below Available for interview on request via media contacts below: Stuart Ellis, CEO, Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC) Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director, Deutsche Messe Accredited media are invited to attend AFAC19 and will be hosted in the media room. Additional support for live-cross, broadcast and interviews with stakeholders can be arranged. Limited broadcast vans can be accommodated onsite. Please register for your media pass by sending your name, position and publication title to elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Zadro Elizabeth Williams, Group Account Director | elizabeth@zadroagency.com.au +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 411 201 354 Images: All images can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty free. 1. AFAC18 About AFAC19 27-30 August | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change Returning to Melbourne for four action-packed days, AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will attract delegates and visitors from emergency and security services agencies, all levels of government, non-government organisations, the private sector, research and education institutions and community groups from Australia and worldwide. The AFAC19 program will incorporate the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum, the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference and The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) National Conference. Themed “A shift to the new norm: riding the wave of change” AFAC19 explores how the sector is transitioning to a new normal in a rapidly changing world. AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is a joint venture between Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and Deutsche Messe, trading in Australia as Hannover Fairs Pty Ltd. Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Website: www.afacconference.com.au/ Facebook: @AFACnews Twitter: @AFACnews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/australasian-fire-and-emergency-service-authorities-council YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu18lYmKgFcL27XBKFI7Klw Hashtag: #AFAC19 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Facebook: @bnhcrc Twitter: @bnhcrc LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bushfire-and-natural-hazards-crc-a0919043/ YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/bnhcrc Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience Website: www.aidr.org.au/adrc Facebook: @AIDRnews Twitter: @AIDR_news Linked In: https://au.linkedin.com/company/aidr Hashtag: #ADRC2019 Institution of Fire Engineers Website: https://www.afacconference.com.au/ife/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/InstitutionOfFireEngineersAustraliaBranch/ Linked In: https://www.linkedin.com/company/institution-of-fire-engineers/ Cyclones and space travel: emergency management leaders prepare for change 2018-08-20T00:29:15Z cyclones-and-space-travel-emergency-management-leaders-prepare-for-change Australasia’s biggest emergency management conference and exhibition, AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is gearing up to equip the sector to thrive in an uncertain future. The program features NASA Astronaut Mike Mullane, an inductee of the International Space Hall of Fame. Mullane’s insights into successful teamwork, leadership and safety flow from a unique career, including his first-hand experience of the 1986 space shuttle Challenger tragedy. “One of the biggest errors an emergency responder can make is to assume it’s someone else’s problem,” said Mullane. “It’s about having the initiative to speak out – it might be your life you are saving.” Delegates will also hear from Craig Fugate, the distinguished former Administrator of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency, on ‘the seven deadly sins of emergency management.’ “Disasters don’t fit into what you think you are capable of doing,” says Fugate. “We have to prepare for the unexpected, not what we are capable of responding to right now.” Other program highlights include: Neil Burrows, Senior Principal Research Scientist, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Western Australia Anna-Maria Arabia, Chief Executive, Australian Academy of Science Eric Yap, Commissioner, Singapore Civil Defence Force Dr Dana Born, Co-Director, Centre for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is running concurrently in 2018 with the inaugural Australian Disaster Resilience Conference, featuring: Phil Rist, Nywaigi Traditional Owner Jane Hayward AM, teaching Principal, Strathewen Primary School Dr Megan McCarthy, Macquarie University/Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Dr Rachel Armstrong, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, WA Kicking off with the annual Research Forum presented by the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre, the event runs from 5-8 September 2018 at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The AFAC18 conference program will explore how we can improve ourselves, and the emergency management and disaster resilience sector and how to survive and thrive in an ever-changing, complex environment. For more information visit: http://www.afacconference.com.au/ The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference will explore the rise of resilience from the individual to the global – enhancing recovery by supporting community resilience. For more information visit: https://aidr.org.au/programs/australian-disaster-resilience-conference/ Notes to editors: Keynote speakers are available for interviews via the media contacts listed below Available for interview on request: Stuart Ellis, CEO, Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) and the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director, Deutsche Messe Complimentary media passes are available, apply by sending name, position and publication to jessica@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Jessica McLean | Account Manager I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 400 433 182 | jessica@zadroagency.com.au Sammy Dalglish I Group Account Director I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 430 343 621 | sammy@zadroagency.com.au Images: All images of AFAC17 can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty free. 1. Colonel Mike Mullane, retired NASA astronaut 2. Craig Fugate, former United States Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator 3. AFAC17 showfloor Giving a voice to the emergency service volunteers 2018-08-17T02:45:00Z giving-a-voice-to-the-emergency-service-volunteers When disaster strikes in the regional and suburban communities of Western Australia (WA) we rely heavily on volunteers to execute the emergency response plan. There are over 26,000 emergency service volunteers in WA, but average annual volunteer turnover is around 15 percent across all volunteer services, and it has fluctuated between 12-18 percent since 2006. In the State Emergency Service (SES), this turnover rate is even higher, with 24 percent leaving each year. Extensive training coupled with high turnover means there’s a significant financial and time cost, potentially jeopardising the ongoing delivery of SES services. The Bushfire and Natural Hazard CRC’s Dr Darja Kragt, a Research Fellow at the School of Psychological Sciences, University of Western Australia (UWA), will explore what improvements are needed to better recruit, train and retain volunteers in WA at AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ next month. Dr Kragt’s presentation, ‘Lived Experiences of Emergency Services Volunteers In Western Australia’ will reveal insights from interviews with volunteers in suburban and regional areas of WA, understanding how the ‘meaning, identity and emotions shape volunteer experiences at the SES’. “We focused on volunteers’ expectations and stereotypes around SES volunteering prior to joining the service; the meaning that volunteers derive from being a part of likeminded community; emotional experiences; issues surrounding volunteer recruitment, induction, and training. We find it interesting that volunteers perceive disaster response as a positive experience. But like many of us, they dislike bureaucracy and boring training. “These insights provide real reasons why volunteers leave the SES and identify areas of the recruitment and the training process that could be improved,” said Dr Kragt. Karen Roberts, Human Resources Director, Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) said state and national trends show a decrease in emergency services volunteering across Australia, which poses a challenge for hazard management agencies. “We rely on volunteers to build more resilient communities. We train volunteers to be able to prevent, prepare for and respond to natural disasters and emergencies, providing training in first aid, navigation, administration, communications, marine rescue, community engagement, prevention and mitigation incident management, leadership, management and support. “Since forming in November 2012, DFES has made considerable progress in identifying ways to improve how it recruits, prepares and supports its volunteers. “These insights are vital to increasing retention across not only WA, but Australia and New Zealand,” said Ms Roberts. Other topics exploring how to expand and work with volunteers across Australia will include: Kevin Walsh AFSM, Assistant Commissioner, Queensland Fire and Emergency Services, QFES Volunteerism Strategy Kerry Laurie, Country Fire Authority, Brigade viability: using evidenced based data to identify risk and improve service delivery Andrew McCullough, Volunteer Strategist, NSW State Emergency Service, Creating partnerships to drive Volunteer capability James Butterworth, Paramount Projects, The role of volunteers in community risk assessments - Volunteer Marine Rescue Resource to Risk Model Dr Tarn Kruger, RMIT University & Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, Volunteering into the future – disaster events, local governments & communities Charlie Moir ESM, President National SES Volunteers Association and Gordon Hall ESM, President, SES Volunteer Association WA, changing lives through volunteering Ken Middleton, Chair, Council of Australian Volunteer Fire Association, representing volunteers Leaders including Karen Roberts, Director Human Resources, DFES WA and Craig Spencer, Head of Community Engagement, Bankwest, will continue the discussion on volunteering in ‘The State of Volunteering in Australia’ panel on Friday 7 September. The panel will explore new and emerging factors influencing emergency management volunteerism. Dr Kragt will present during AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ on Thursday 6 September, at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. For more information on the program visit: http://www.afacconference.com.au/ -ENDS- Notes to editors: Keynote speakers are available for interviews via the media contacts listed below Available for interview on request via media contacts below: Stuart Ellis, CEO, Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director, Deutsche Messe Complimentary media passes are available, apply by sending name, position and publication to jessica@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Jessica McLean | Account Manager I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 400 433 182 | jessica@zadroagency.com.au Sammy Dalglish I Group Account Director I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 430 343 621 | sammy@zadroagency.com.au Images: All images of AFAC17 can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty free. 1. Dr Darja Kragt, a Research Fellow at the School of Psychological Sciences, University of Western Australia (UWA) HI-RES Image 3. AFAC17 showfloor About AFAC18: 5 - 8 September | Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre Changing lives in a changing world Emergency management is not an easy task and is not getting easier. With a growing population moving into new areas, our changing climate, bushfires, floods, cyclones, storms and heatwaves are impacting our lives in new ways. Innovating in the face of disruptions and developing our people to successfully manage organisations of the future is a key challenge. AFAC18 looks at change as the new normal, how collaboration and resilience is driving performance and the innovations in emergency management that are helping our people to weather change. Held over four action-packed days AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will attract delegates and visitors from emergency and security services agencies, all levels of government, non-government organisations, research and education institutions from Australia and worldwide. The AFAC18 program is co-produced by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and will this year feature the inaugural Australian Disaster Resilience Conference, which will run concurrently with the AFAC18 program. AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is a joint venture between AFAC and Deutsche Messe, trading in Australia as Hannover Fairs Pty Ltd. Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Website: http://www.afacconference.com.au/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AFACnews Twitter: https://twitter.com/afacnews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/australasian-fire-and-emergency-service-authorities-council YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu18lYmKgFcL27XBKFI7Klw Hashtag: #AFAC18 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Facebook: www.facebook.com/bnhcrc Twitter: www.twitter.com/bnhcrc YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/bnhcrc LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/in/bushfire-and-natural-hazards-crc-a0919043 Australia’s emergency responders thrive in ever changing complex environments 2018-07-13T00:00:00Z australias-emergency-responders-thrive-in-ever-changing-complex-environments Australasia’s leading emergency management conference, AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ, returns to Western Australia for the first time in six years, bringing a host of leading international and Australian presenters, to address the latest technology and research in prescribed burning, predictive services, innovation, improving public safety, warnings, and resilience. Co-produced by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC), the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and Deutsche Messe; the conference is focused around preparing the sector to combat and adapt to changing environments. Held over four action-packed days from 5 - 8 September, the conference themed ‘Changing lives in a changing world’ embraces an interoperability between emergency service agencies. AFAC18 includes the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum, a two-day multi-streamed AFAC Conference, and the inaugural Australian Disaster Resilience Conference. Stuart Ellis, CEO, AFAC, commented on this year’s conference and the importance of adapting and being resilient in our ever changing environment. “AFAC18 is the premier and most comprehensive emergency management conference in the region, providing unique opportunities for professional development, learning and networking. This year the inaugural Australian Disaster Resilience Conference runs concurrently and adds an in-depth look into how we are contributing to a disaster resilient Australia. “We’ve got an impressive line-up of speakers for AFAC18, who can share their unique experiences tackling the challenges of change. We are pleased to be back on the west coast this year, where we are able to offer development opportunities for all members across our sector,” said Mr Ellis. Bringing leading national and international speakers to Perth, keynote speakers during the conference include: Dr Neil Burrows, Senior Principal Research Scientist, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Anna-Maria Arabia, Chief Executive, Australian Academy of Science Craig Fugate, former United States Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Commissioner Eric Yap, Singapore Civil Defence Force Astronaut Mike Mullane, retired NASA Astronaut Dr Dana Born, Co-Director, Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School of Government Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, commented on how research is helping emergency responders face challenges. “The strength of the CRC lays with its collective nature. The Research Forum is a full day of knowledge sharing and research and will address the major changes our sector faces, from growing populations and climate change, including bushfires, floods, cyclones, storms and heatwaves. It is vital that emergency management personnel know how to adapt and cope with these increasing challenges,” said Dr Thornton. AFAC18 looks at change as the new normal, discussing how collaboration and resilience is driving performance and the innovations in emergency management that are helping our people endure changes in the environment. AFAC18 powered by INTERSHUTZ is being held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from 5-8 September 2018. For more information visit: http://www.afacconference.com.au/ -ENDS- Notes to editors: Keynote speakers are available for interviews via the media contacts listed below Available for interview on request via media contacts below: Stuart Ellis, CEO, Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authority Council (AFAC) Dr Richard Thornton, CEO, Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) Harvey Stockbridge, Managing Director, Deutsche Messe Complimentary media passes are available, apply by sending name, position and publication to jessica@zadroagency.com.au Media contacts: Jessica McLean | Account Manager I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 400 433 182 | jessica@zadroagency.com.au Sammy Dalglish I Group Account Director I Zadro +61 2 9212 7867 | +61 430 343 621 | sammy@zadroagency.com.au Images: All images can be found on the AFAC Flickr page and can be used royalty free. 1. AFAC17 showfloor About AFAC18: 5 - 8 September | Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre Changing lives in a changing world Emergency management is not an easy task and is not getting easier. With a growing population moving into new areas, our changing climate, bushfires, floods, cyclones, storms and heatwaves are impacting our lives in new ways. Innovating in the face of disruptions and developing our people to successfully manage organisations of the future is a key challenge. AFAC18 looks at change as the new normal, how collaboration and resilience is driving performance and the innovations in emergency management that are helping our people to weather change. Held over four action-packed days AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will attract delegates and visitors from emergency and security services agencies, all levels of government, non-government organisations, research and education institutions from Australia and world-wide. The AFAC18 program is co-produced by the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC and will this year feature the inaugural Australian Disaster Resilience Conference, which will run concurrently with the AFAC18 program. AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is a joint venture between AFAC and Deutsche Messe, trading in Australia as Hannover Fairs Pty Ltd. Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Website: http://www.afacconference.com.au/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AFACnews Twitter: https://twitter.com/afacnews LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/australasian-fire-and-emergency-service-authorities-council YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCu18lYmKgFcL27XBKFI7Klw Hashtag: #AFAC18 Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Facebook: www.facebook.com/bnhcrc Twitter: www.twitter.com/bnhcrc LinkedIn: www.youtube.com/user/bnhcrc