Under the theme Getting the Balance Right: Mitigation – Response – Recovery the AFAC16 program, co-produced with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC, has been launched.

The premier emergency management conference in Australasia, AFAC16 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will explore how those responsible for emergency management are getting the balance right, within new, diverse, inclusive multi-agency disaster management services. Held over four action-packed days from August 30 to September 2 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, AFAC16 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.

Due to increasing pressure on resources from record-breaking temperatures and severe weather, emergency management agencies need to innovate to ensure all communities are protected from the threat of natural disasters.

Australia is a hazard-prone country, but to reduce the economic impact, social disruption and trauma arising from an increase in natural disasters, there is a strong need for emergency service agencies to think long term about the costs and benefits of risk mitigation and prevention.

The current economic costs of bushfires alone in Australia, according to last year’s trajectory, will reach $337 million per year. But this isn’t purely an Asia-Pacific issue. Globally, bushfires have increased by 19%, with 350 million hectares being burnt each year (an area roughly comparable to that of India, according to the Climate Council’s report – The Burning Issue: Climate Change and the Australian Bushfire Threat).

Combining the wisdom of experience, research and analysis from across the emergency management sector, AFAC16 is the largest and most important public safety event in Australasia.

“For more than 23 years, the AFAC conference has provided the Australasian emergency management sector a platform to learn from the best national and international experts – we are pleased to outline the AFAC16 program which we believe will continue to develop our collective knowledge,” states AFAC CEO Stuart Ellis. Bringing the worlds best to one place to broaden our collective knowledge, AFAC16 will help educate emergency managers to face their challenges.

“Each year emergency managers face the challenges of natural hazards. Many communities are adversely affected by severe weather events – cyclones in the north, storms along our coasts, floods on our plains, and fires in our hills,” Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC CEO Dr Richard Thornton said. 

The full program is available at www.afacconference.com.au/program.

For the first time, the AFAC conference will be powered by INTERSCHUTZ following a partnership between AFAC and Hannover Fairs Australia, and as a result, will bring to Brisbane latest technologies and equipment from around the globe.

Both the conference program, and the growing trade exhibition, position AFAC16 as both the premier and the most comprehensive emergency management conference in Australasia.

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The program features high profile Australasian and international speakers that will explore the biggest challenges facing the emergency management sector. Speakers have been selected to ensure the program features presentations relevant to everyone within the emergency management sector. 

Keynote presenter Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr will explore ‘The future state of fire services – change is inevitable’ from the International Association of Fire Chiefs Board of Directors, and President and Chair of the Board, Austin Fire Department. Chief Kerr will bring her international expertise to Brisbane.

Dr Anthony Bergin, Deputy Director, Australian Strategic Policy Institute will present on how ‘Prevention is better than cure: why mitigation is critical to building a resilient nation’ will focus on the best ways to ensure risk can be minimised through proper preparation and prevention.

Prof Gavin Smith, Director, Department of Homeland Security Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence, University of North Carolina, will provide insights into public sector involvement with his presentation ‘The role of state government in disaster recovery: lessons from research and practice in the United States’.

In addition to the three days of conference, there will also be Post Conference Development Workshops & Field Trips on Friday 2 September.

As in previous years, the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum will begin the week, showcasing the latest in natural hazards science from around Australia and the world. With more than 30 researchers, the Research Forum is not just for scientists – it is a great opportunity to engage directly with researchers on key industry issues.

This year the Women and Firefighting Australasia (WAFA) conference will be co-located with AFAC16, concentrating on the need for diversity and equity in fire and emergency services.

The AFAC16 powered by INTERSCHUTZ Trade Exhibition has attracted over 32 international companies from 13 countries – over 130 companies in total, with 40 first-time exhibitors. There will be new technology, products and services that you may not have ever seen, or brands not previously showcased to the Australian fire, emergency services and first responder industries.

Come and see the;

  • MAGIRUS TAF20 on display
  • A life size helicopter
  • Thermal technology
  • Drone technology
  • Major BRT manufacturers, suppliers and body builders
  • Decontamination services
  • PPE manufacturers
  • Emergency lighting
  • Protective burnover unit
  • Solar de-energising solutions
  • Time management, deployment and incident tracking software
  • And so, so much more!

In conjunction with and held within the Trade Exhibition will be an exciting program of case studies and educational sessions being designed and presented on the Expo Stage, showcasing next generation mobile intelligence, commercial partnering to keep pace with disruptive technologies, and many more.

For more information, go to www.afacconference.com.au

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New SPOT X GPS Messenger features two-way SMS and email for reliable safety and communications Small, rugged device set to appeal to organisations employing remote, at-risk and lone workers, from forest firefighters to NGOs, as well as outdoor enthusiasts. SPOT devices now credited with over 6,200 rescue callouts including over 300 in EMENA Globalstar Europe Satellite Services…

Verve Management Is All Geared Up For The World HSE Week 2019!

Verve Management is excited to host a first of its kind event in the Middle East for the oil & gas industry captioned as World HSE Week scheduled for the 7th to 11th April 2019 in Dubai, UAE. The World HSE Week will consist of a 3-days advanced HSE masterclass from the 7th to the…

BroadWay’s Request for Tenders Launched

On February 19th 2019, a Request for Tender was published by the BroadWay project to procure a system to enable a Pan-European interoperable broadband system for Public Safety. Crime and disasters are not limited to fixed geographical borders, and there is a necessity for European first-responders to be able to communicate, share and access information regardless of the…

AEI Cables Clinches Contract for Three Warships

Leading supplier AEI Cables has been chosen as one of three companies to supply cables for three of Britain’s new Type 26 warships for the Royal Navy. Working with prime contractor BAE Systems, AEI Cables will supply cable and wiring for the power, lighting and data communications circuits to the vessels, with 400 kilometres of cable…

BAFE focus on Third Party Certification

BAFE, the independent register of quality fire safety service providers, have released a new video promoting Third Party Certification. The video, What is Third Party Certification? Available either on the BAFE website or BAFE YouTube Channel has been created to act as an educational tool for the end user audience. After the devastating Grenfell Tower…

FIREX International Moves Forward in 2020!

The 2020 edition aligns with industry buyer cycles by announcing a May date. The move forward of the 2020 event by a month coincides with the highly anticipated announcement that Security & Counter Terror Expo will also co-locate alongside FIREX and IFSEC from May 2020 at ExCeL London. FIREX International, alongside the co-located IFSEC International, Safety & Health Expo and Facilities Show, has today announced that the Protection & Management series of events…

UK Emergency Services Need to Harness Every Technological Tool Available to Ensure Future Success, says telent

The effective digital transformation of the UK’s emergency services is essential if it is to continue to provide the best possible Blue Light services, the General Manager of Public Safety & Defence at telent warned today. Barry Zielinski urged the sector to harness every technological tool available to them as a new white paper revealed that between 2015 and…

Quelfire Launches QuelQuick Same Day Delivery Service

Taking short lead times and convenient delivery to new heights, leading manufacturer and supplier of specialist passive fire protection products, Quelfire, has launched QuelQuick, a new same day delivery service to businesses and project sites across North West England. With over 40 years of experience and expertise in fire containment, Quelfire provides a wide range…

Gas Safe Europe Calls for Even Tighter Safety Rules on Smoke and Gas Alarms

New rules introduced in Scotland to improve household safety could be even tighter, according to an industry specialist. Under the regulations, every home in the country must have a smoke alarm fitted in the living room and in areas such as hallways and landings. There must also be carbon monoxide (CO) alarms where there are…

Scrutiny must deliver improvement

Phase 1 of the Grenfell Inquiry concluded on 12 December 2018. In a statement, Chairman of the Inquiry, Sir Martin Moore-Bick described how Phase 1 was about establishing the detail of what happened at Grenfell Tower on 14 June 2017 in order that Phase 2 will enable the inquiry to focus its attention on the…

Learning and leading

During my career in the Fire and Rescue Service I have seen many types of leadership and changes in the way leadership is displayed and has evolved over the years. When I joined in 1992, my experience of leadership was what academics would term heroic in nature – basically, individuals who had all the answers…

UK Fire Association celebrates 10th Birthday with Anniversary Logo and NEW Website

February 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of The UK Fire Association (UK-FA), created to support small and medium sized Fire Prevention and Protection companies across the UK. To mark the occasion the organisation has created a subtly updated anniversary logo and invested in a new website – www.UK-FA.org – which gives both…

FireMaster Cleanroom – New fire curtain for cleanroom facilities

Despite fire and smoke curtains becoming increasingly popular fire-safety solutions for a wide range of buildings, from retail and residential to office and manufacturing facilities, they have until now been unable to meet the exacting requirements for cleanrooms.  The new FireMaster Cleanroom fire curtain from Coopers Fire is the world’s first active fire curtain certified…

Emergency Vehicle Products Ltd – Appointed as the exclusive distributor for Kussmaul Electronics Inc

EVP Ltd, offering a range of automotive and safety products for the emergency and utility services, are proud to have been appointed the exclusive UK and Ireland distributor for Kussmaul Electronics products. Kussmaul have developed a wide range of rugged electronic power supply and control products which have proven essential for emergency and public safety…

Ensuring fire-system effectiveness in historic sites

The threat and consequences of fire in any building are serious, but historic structures pose a particularly complex challenge for the people and systems charged with protecting them. Not only do these buildings tend to be complex and varied in their design and construction, the contents will often include furnishings and artefacts of high monetary…

PPV fans – New technologies for improved health and safety

The benefits of PPV, both for active and passive purposes have been well known to fire services for some time, but recent advances in PPV technology have led to a rewriting of the rule book in this critical area of effective firefighting. In addition to the general risks associated with confined-space rescues there are additional…

From test to reality

Modern cladding approaches bring together a seemingly ever-increasing diversity of materials and components including fixings, fasteners and sealants. The manner in which these elements are designed, combined and integrated within a cladding system can have a significant impact on how it reacts to fire. For this reason, it makes sense to test the performance of…

Veteran firefighter reflects on incredible 50-year career

When Dave Farries began his career as a firefighter, the Vietnam War was still raging, Britain had just introduced the decimal coin and Harold Wilson was in his first tenure as Prime Minister. The year was 1968, and this fresh-faced teenager had swapped his home in the Scottish Borders to begin a new life as…

Cornwall Fire and Rescue chooses the new Vauxhall Grandland X

Through their risk review process, Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) identified the need to increase the capability of its officer-response cars. Experience in responding to inclement weather such as the Coverack floods of 2017 and the snow fall of 2018 were examples of these requirements.  Following engagement with operational response officers, an output user…

Cheaper systems using extended-coverage sprinklers

Extended-coverage sprinkler technology dates back to the 1970s, and one of the most common applications is the horizontal sidewall extended-coverage sprinklers that you often see protecting hotel bedrooms. However, more recently, manufacturers have developed extended-coverage sprinklers for a wide range of commercial and industrial applications that can provide substantial cost savings. In simple terms, an…

Bristol Uniforms past and present

Today, Bristol Uniforms is a global leader in the design and manufacture of PPE for firefighters, providing cutting-edge protective garments to fire services in 110 countries across the world. But the company also boasts a rich history stretching back more than 200 years. At Bristol Uniforms, we’ve been looking back on our history and have…

The importance of fire suppression in wind turbines

Wind power is an exciting emerging sector that needs those of us involved in fire safety to get on board. As electricity generation becomes more reliant on renewable energy, wind power is becoming increasingly important in the energy mix, and as our reliance on wind turbines grows, keeping them fully operational and at reduced levels…

Ventilation Hygiene Specialist Acquires Competitor

Leading ventilation hygiene and system surveying company, Ventilation Surveys & Services Ltd (VSS), has acquired 100% shareholding of competitor Sani-Duct Installations Ltd. The deal will see VSS retain Sani-Duct’s Camberley office and 15 staff, giving the Liverpool-based firm an increased national spread of employees and clients. VSS provides ductwork and air conditioning cleaning and maintenance…

Selecting a drone for emergency response: visual payload selection

Through the data they can collect or the payloads they can deliver, drones are saving lives faster, safer and cheaper than ever before, making payload selection pivotal to the lifesaving capabilities that a drone can offer. This article offers guidance on visual camera selection for emergency response. A drone has evolved from being a flying…

The Fire Safety Event – Profile & Showcase

The Fire Safety Event is an independent exhibition and conference dedicated to supporting the UK’s fire and safety industry. Featuring a powerful combination of education, networking and business-support opportunities.

Now in its third year, the Fire Safety Event has been designed to help organisations maintain the very highest standards of fire-safety management.

Procured, designed and supplied in Cornwall

Cornwall Airport Newquay Rescue and Firefighting Service has added a new incident-command unit to its front-line fleet. The vehicle was locally sourced, converted and delivered to the airport by Cornwall’s oldest motor dealership, the Hawkins Motor Group, established in St Stephen in 1933. The incident-command unit is based on the robust Peugeot Boxer 435 L4/H2…

Cables that save lives

The recent Grenfell fire tragedy has brought to our attention that in a real-life fire situation we need to know that the fire-safety systems will work and continue to work while the premises are evacuated and firefighters tackle the blaze. The fire-detection devices, alarms, sprinkler systems and emergency lighting are all essential parts of the…

Training for Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) in the UK

USAR in the UK Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) has undergone some dramatic changes over the last few years. Given that the formal introduction of the capability didn’t start until after the events of 9/11, the capability has never truly reached a position of steady state. This is not necessarily a bad thing as the…

Servicing fire extinguishers

Everyone remembers that old advert from the ’90s with the slogan, ‘it does what it says on the tin’. And you’d hope that when you picked up a fire extinguisher, it would do exactly that. Now this may cause some mixed feelings, but most people when they pick up a fire extinguisher with a company…

Fire protection of containers at sea

As new ships out of the dockyard boast ever greater capacities, container ship fleet sizes are also expanding rapidly in accordance. With growing volumes comes increased responsibility, meaning the safety of these ships is more important than ever.  Despite having strict regulations in place to ensure container ships comply with fire-safety objectives, the number of…

Infra-Red Detection Averts Fire at Waste Recycling Plant

The vital role that infra-red transit heat sensors can play in protecting waste management sites from the threat of fire has been illustrated by an incident at a dry mixed recycling (DMR) plant. The nature of waste recycling means that the range of materials being processed is varied. In this case a 18v lithium ion…

Closing the gaps on fire protection

The fire-protection industry is changing and recognises the need for new legislation and guidance to keep pace with the rapid shift in building design, materials and specification. Here, Bob Glendenning of Sherwin-Williams Protective & Marine Coatings examines the issues. The responsible organisations and individuals working in the fire-protection industry have recognised the flaws in legislation…

Common misconceptions of thermal-imaging use

The fire service has been using thermal-imaging cameras (TICs) successfully since the 1990s, and many lives have been saved through their tactical use. Since their first implementation TICs have improved greatly and their overall cost has reduced dramatically, making them more readily available to the fire service.  However, the education and training on TICs has…

More Lives Saved After Trauma Injury

More lives will be saved with a new fast-acting major haemorrhage control treatment which is being delivered to hospitals, the emergency services and business and industry sectors by a leading UK medical supply firm. SP Services (UK), of Shropshire, has been called in by Medtrade to undertake the sole distribution of its innovative care products…

TCCA’s Critical Communications Europe to host joint event with BAPCO Annual Conference & Exhibition for the first time

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6th International Tall Building Fire Safety Conference to focus on Innovation and Solutions

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Introducing Pendar X10™

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Advanced System Protects Bulgarian Communications Commission from False Alarms

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