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09:00
  1. Opening Address / Welcome
09:15
  1. Keynote: TBC
10:00
10:45
  1. Morning Tea and Poster Session
11:15
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    Cultural Fire: How self-determination is returning white smoke to country
    In the last five years a healthy partnership between agencies including the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) the Country Fire Authority (CFA) and several Traditional Owner g ...
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    A tale of two sectors - how to manage the changing risk landscape through inclusion
    The changing risk and operational environment in which emergency management organisations find themselves is creating new needs and constraints across the sector. Communities are also changing which i ...
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    How should we measure bushfire risk?
    The trend towards a risk-based approach to fire management in Australia has intensified following inquiries into the Black Summer fires of 2019/20. While agencies and scientists have been working toge ...
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    TBC
11:45
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    Learning from Indigenous disaster risk reduction knowledge systems: lessons for non-Indigenous researchers using systems theory and symbolic interaction
    In historic colonised Indigenous research discourse, non-Indigenous researchers have replaced holistic Indigenous cultural, spiritual, and social worldviews with Western positivist and post-positivist ...
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    Understanding the impact of worker experience in emergency management incident control centres on physical and psychological health
    This pilot study aimed to understand worker-workplace interactions of emergency service (ES) workers in Incident Management roles within Incident Control Centres (ICCs); their impacts on health and we ...
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    Equipping with latest technology in reducing risk of life during fire operations
    Firefighters generally have three goals ' protect and save lives, forest, Infrastructure, Industry, physical properties. Until recently, firefighting tools were relatively low-tech ' trucks, ladders, ...
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    The use of videos in flood and fire emergency communications
    Recent warnings research by Whittaker et al. (2020) found that even under catastrophic fire danger conditions, some people underestimated the severity and intensity of the fires to which they could be ...
12:15
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    Reviving and regenerating Yolngu worldviews, knowledges and practices through community-based disaster risk reduction for sustainable commity development
    Climate-related disasters are increasingly impacting Indigenous people's health and wellbeing, hindering sustainable development, and diminishing local disaster risk reduction (DRR) capability. To fac ...
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    Analysis of property vulnerabilty to bushfire risk using advanced GIS-base spatial modelling
    Australia has been considered as one of the most fire-prone regions in the world with harsher fire weather being expected to approach the continent in the nearby future. An increase in extreme fire we ...
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    Social media - connecting and sharing in a bushfire crisis
    Social media is an important platform for staying up to date with information and news during a crisis. This was especially the case during the 2019-20 bushfire season in Australia, which resulted in ...
13:00
  1. Lunch and Poster Session
14:10
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    Predicting merging fire behaviour in Planned Burning
    When two fires merge the behaviour does not conform to standard models. Large fires have the potential to become extremely destructive when they merge causing significant risks for residents and fire ...
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    Embracing complexity and simplicity in the development of recovery
    Following a disaster, many people find themselves in roles supporting recovery for the first time, with limited knowledge of relevant research to guide their actions. Even amongst seasoned practitione ...
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    Studies of evacuation decision making during U.S. wildfires
    As bushfires continue to become more severe, there is an increasing need to understand human behaviour in these situations, and evacuation decision-making in particular. In 2020, an article was publis ...
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    Leading action research for person-centred emergency management
    Emergency managers grapple with reducing risk for people who are vulnerable to disasters such as people with disability. Approaches such as 'vulnerability registers' have typically been emergency mana ...
14:40
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    Modelling wind reduction factor from vegetation data towards predicting wildfire rate of spread
    The objective of this research is to model and apply wind reduction factor (WRF) into an operational wildfire prediction model to observe the effect on fire propagation. Towards achieving this goal, w ...
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    Remembering not to forget: Commemoration in Victorian emergency management
    The Black Saturday fires continue to live on in the collective memory of emergency management organisations and the Victorian communities ravaged by those fires (Dwyer and Hardy, 2016). The social imp ...
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    An archetypal perspective on delaying evactuation
    Community resilience requires community members and emergency services to cooperate. But many householders, potentially threatened by bushfire, delay their protective response even though emergency se ...
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    Nature-based community recovery
15:10
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    A deterministic ensemble approach to model fire spread in pine plantations, for use in the Spark two-dimensional spread simulator
    Crown fires in industrial pine plantations can be categorised and modelled as surface or crown fires, with fires in the latter phase spreading over a range of crown fuel involvement, from intermittent ...
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    Reflections
    During the 2019-20 fire season, I was the Incident Controller (IC) for parts of the Eastern Victorian bushfires, which saw two fire line fatalities. Both occasions were among the most difficult days i ...
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    Accounting for seasonal populations in bushfire evacuation modelling and planning: a Surf Coast Shire case study
    The Royal Commission into National Natural Disaster Arrangements (2020) recognises the importance of accounting for seasonal populations when planning for evacuations (Ch12). This need is well underst ...
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    Assessing community resilience for emergencies in local government policies (ACRE)
    A resilient community is better able to withstand, recover and even prosper, after a major emergency or disaster. Local government is the closest level of government to the community and is responsibl ...
15:50
  1. Afternoon Tea and Posters
16:30
  1. Keynote: TBC
17:15
  1. AFAC21 Welcome and Awards Ceremony
18:00
  1. Welcome Drinks - Trade Exhibition
08:15
  1. Opening Ceremony
09:00
09:45
10:40
  1. Morning Tea and Poster Session
11:40
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    Individual and agency: maximising the impacts of a positive change culture on mental health
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    Co-designing fire danger outlook products
    The Bureau of Meteorology has been producing climate outlooks for Australian climate conditions for more than twenty years. Reflecting the uncertainty beyond a week or two, these outlooks are typicall ...
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    Fire and Emergency New Zealand's commitment to working with Maori as tangata whenua
    Fire and Emergency New Zealand recognises the status of Māori as tangata whenua and, as such, the importance of Māori communities as key stakeholders in Fire and Emergency’s work. We have a commitment ...
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    Evacuation Centres are life boats, not cruise ships. Managing Community expectations and prioritising improvements
    The Welfare Services Functional Area, hosted by Resilience NSW and supported by NSW Department of Communities and Justice, is responsible for the coordination and management of evacuation centres acro ...
    • Stream 5: IFE Australia Conference
    Keynote: NSW’s strategy to be the home of trustworthy buildings and the building regulator’s proactive approach to compliance
    • Stream 6: Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
    Future directions for disaster resilience in Australia
    • Stream 7: Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
    Learner agency in bushfire education: An explanatory case study from Harkaway Primary School, Victoria
    For over eight decades, Bushfire Royal Commissions and other formal inquiries have repeatedly identified school-based bushfire education as a key strategy for reducing bushfire risk. In more recent ye ...
12:10
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    How does understanding and exploring the impact of exposure to suicide on firefighters contribute to reducing risk and fostering resilience?
    Understanding the impact of suicide on firefighters should and can inform the development of any fire authorities wellbeing plan. What can we learn by leaning into, not away from, the most challenging ...
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    Smoke forecasting using AQFx for the 2019-20 summer bushfires
    The AQFx Smoke forecasting system was originally developed to simulate smoke from prescribed burns to help make decisions about when and where to burn while minimising a community's exposure to smoke. ...
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    Communicating with diverse and isolated communities in times of disaster - the Pacific perspective
    Advances in communication and information technology provide emergency managers, responders and communities with valuable assets in times of emergency. Total reliance on technology for essential commu ...
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    ACT! Preparing Older People for Emergencies ' A Story of the Impact of Evidence
    This is a story of impact. The impact of evidence over a four-year period from 2017 to 2021 to build tools to assist community home support providers and emergency services to deliver improved safety ...
    • Stream 5: IFE Australia Conference
    Changing expectations for product conformity and trust, what fire agencies need to know
    Trust in the conformity of building products is the foundation of achieving building compliance outcomes. Recent high-profile product failures have shone a spotlight on the Australian and internationa ...
    • Stream 7: Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
    Engaging young people at the centre of bushfire recovery
    Immediately following the devastating Victorian bushfires over the 2019-20 summer, Youth Affairs Council Victoria (YACVic) consulted on and developed a Youth Focused Disaster Recovery Protocol. The Pr ...
12:40
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    Increasing firefighter resilience and readiness in an evolving response environment
    Two interrelated strategic priorities for FRNSW are the enhancement of its medical response capability and mental health support and resilience programs for our firefighters. After the release of its ...
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    The development of a new methodology and bushfire prone map to inform planning and development in Western Australia
    In July 2019, the WA Government announced a three-stage Action Plan for Bushfire Framework Review. This was to ensure bushfire planning and building frameworks are updated to reflect contemporary scie ...
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    The assumptions we make and the impact on multicultural community education and safety
    After being questioned about what they were to do if they saw a shark sign on the beach a member of the Nepalese community recently asked me 'I don't know, are sharks friendly or dangerous?' 'The shap ...
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    Community-led resilience teams
    Recent global trends within emergency management have seen a shift towards a sharing of responsibility between various levels of government, emergency agencies, community services, and communities the ...
    • Stream 5: IFE Australia Conference
    Disability confident - the NZ IFE journey
    Nick Linton GIFireE is an elected Branch Councillor on the New Zealand Branch of the Institute of Fire Engineers. He also works for Fire and Emergency New Zealand as a Fire Risk Management Officer in ...
    • Stream 6: Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
    Disaster resilient and adaptive to change - narratives to shape achievable visions of resilience, support coordinated practice and catalyse collective action
    Narratives are increasingly important to catalyse systemic change. A wealth of evidence demonstrates the ways in which stories help create sense and meaning for people and support decision-making. The ...
    • Stream 7: Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
    Shifting the paradigm: Trialling student and school community led disaster risk reduction programs in South Australia
    The SA Country Fire Service is employing a range of methods to engage the education and youth sector in disaster resilience education and risk reduction and using learnings to inform future activities ...
13:20
  1. Lunch and Poster Session
14:30
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    TBC
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    Stress testing the resilience of Victoria's water sector in 2020 - what did we learn?
    Black Summer 2019/20 and the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) directly impacted Victoria's water sector, causing infrastructure damage, and threats to business continuity. It was not just good fortune ...
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    The occurrence of PAH's, flame retardants and metals in air and dust from Australian fire stations
    Firefighters are exposed to a wide range of chemicals including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), organophosphate flame retardants (OPFRs) and metals. Th ...
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    Bushfire resilient building guideline - best practices to improve community resilience
    Supporting people to identify and manage their risks while living in bushfire prone-area is becoming essential. Several studies have shown that a buildings bushfire risk is strongly linked to the vuln ...
    • Stream 5: IFE Australia Conference
    How to "flatten the curve" on bushfires
    Using the 'flatten the curve' diagram as a point of reference, this presentation will frame how lessons learned from Covid-19 can be applied to making our communities more resilient to future disaster ...
    • Stream 6: Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
    Panel: Sharing responsibility with the business community to build national resilience
    2020 clearly demonstrated that disasters don't discriminate and disasters are here to stay. The direct and indirect impacts from COVID-19 and the 2019-2020 bushfires highlighted an immediate need for ...
    • Stream 7: Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
    City of Ryde resilience planning - A journey of collaboration and engagement
    Adoption of the Ryde Resilience Plan 2030 (2020) was the culmination of a lengthy community facing process for strengthening the City's commitment to resilience for its operations, city and community. ...
15:00
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    TBC
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    TBC
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    Off-gassing of semi-volatile organic compounds from a firefighter's uniform in private vehicles - a pilot study
    Micro-environments where firefighters work and live have higher levels of many semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs). This may lead to an increased risk of occupational chemical exposure. Understand ...
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    Long-range fire weather predictions developed and service established as new capability for Australia
    A long-range prediction system for fire weather conditions has been developed as a new capability for Australia. Fire weather predictions from weeks to months ahead are now routinely delivered to fire ...
    • Stream 5: IFE Australia Conference
    Mass lithium ion storage systems and pre-incident planning
    • Stream 7: Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
    Building resilience in remote Indigenous communities across northern Australia
    Despite frequent exposure to severe natural hazards including extensive and wild bushfires, tropical cyclones and floods, remote Indigenous communities across northern Australia typically have little ...
15:30
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    Populist politics, poor policy and dire disasters
    Populist political and media (mis)interpretations concerning disasters abound, threatening rational policy and sound management. It is hard to manage impact and expectations in the face of misinformat ...
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    Improving fire planning and response strategies to help protect environmental values
    The South Australian Murraylands region contains many large and intact reserve systems, including mallee, floodplain and heathy habitat types. Whilst many of these habitats are particularly well adapt ...
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    South Australia - emergency response solar installer initiative to provide preparedness, response and recovery at incidents
    Introduction Approximately thirty percent (30%) of Australian homes have Photovoltaic arrays (PV) installed and that number is increasing. The installation of Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) wil ...
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    Building bushfire resilience in the Great Southern - a scientific approach
    Activities to manage bushfire risk on the rural urban interface are often guided by local knowledge, policy and best practice or simply the need to do something. While based on best intentions, the ch ...
    • Stream 5: IFE Australia Conference
    Risk-informed transformer fire safety practices
    While the world is importantly moving towards renewable energy through the creation of new wind farms, solar power plants, battery energy storage systems (BESS), and pumped hydro projects, the focus f ...
    • Stream 6: Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
    A deeper look at the economic cost drivers of natural disasters
    In 2016, the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience & Safer Communities (the 'ABR') looked at how natural disasters impact mental health, domestic violence and other social issues and ...
    • Stream 7: Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
    Resilient Byron Inc - a systems thinking model to bolster community regeneration and resilience
    The presentation provides a comprehensive and inclusive model to bolster community resilience and regenerative capacities through the study of Resilient Byron Inc., a not-for-profit charity operating ...
16:10
  1. Afternoon Tea
16:50
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    AFDRS indicies
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    Volunteer-driven initiatives: innovation hiding in plain sight
    AFAC21 will focus on continual learning and delivering new and innovative approaches. Key questions include 'What can we learn from looking outside?' and 'Can we find new solutions to problems through ...
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    Mental health and wellbeing in young adult fire and emergency service volunteers in 2020: results from a national survey
    Introduction Understanding and managing the ongoing mental health and wellbeing of fire and emergency service volunteers is critical to the sustainable continuity of these crucial services, particular ...
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    Climate change in action - electric hybrid fire truck
    Background   The ACT Government aims to achieve global leader status for climate change action, by committing to ambitious emission reduction targets through its ACT Climate Strategy 2019-25. The ACT' ...
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    TBC
    • Stream 6: Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
    Panel: Shifting mindsets and making good decisions for disaster risk
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    Person-centred emergency management approach: a case study from Mackay, Queensland
    Emergency managers have long grappled with reducing risk for people who are more vulnerable in disasters such as people with disability and seniors. One way is to leverage the routine interactions tha ...
17:20
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    AFDRS implementation
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    Fire and Emergency New Zealand - building a positive workplace culture
    Fire and Emergency New Zealand is committed to building an organisation where everyone feels safe, welcome and included ' ensuring it is an organisation that is best placed to meet the changing needs ...
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    Barriers to seeking help for a mental health condition among Australian emergency services workers
    Employees and volunteers in fire and emergency services are at high risk of developing mental health issues. However, not all emergency services personnel with a developing mental health condition see ...
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    Retardant and Suppressant Computerised Automated Loading System (RASCAL)
    Aircraft have explicit fire suppression and tactical rapid response capabilities and airbases are integral in supporting essential firebombing operations. Specialised aircraft loading equipment allows ...
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    Case study: fire created from water
    On the 3rd November 2018 a large fire occurred in a factory at Seven Hills in western Sydney. The fire destroyed two buildings with a dollar loss of over $30 million. The NSW Fire and Rescue's Fire In ...
    • Stream 7: Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
    Ask me what I need? Autism awareness training project for emergency services
    This project won both the NSW Resilience Community Award and the National Resilience Community Awards for 2020. 'Ask me what I need' Autism Awareness training video for emergency services was funded b ...
18:00
  1. ADRC Networking Drinks (ADRC delegates only) - Includes NSW Resilient Australia Awards Ceremony
19:00
  1. AFAC21 Gala Dinner Pre-Drinks
19:30
  1. AFAC21 Gala dinner
08:30
09:15
  1. Keynote: Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM
10:10
  1. Morning Tea and Poster Session
11:10
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    Development of evidence-based community engagement and community risk reduction practices
    Fire and Rescue New South Wales' (FRNSW) mission is to be 'prepared for anything ' to protect the irreplaceable'. Prevention and Education is a key organisational capability. This capability requires ...
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    TBC
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    Understanding the total cost of natural disasters and finding effective solutions: the Northern Territory assessment
    Natural Disasters (ND) incur a huge amount and range of losses which are often beyond measurable yardsticks. Accounting for the exact amount and kind of losses can help in developing effective managem ...
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    Prescribed burning reduced the extent and severity of the Orroral fire in the Australian Capital Territory, January-February 2020
    ACT Parks and Conservation Service conducts a prescribed burning program in Namadgi National Park, a mountainous reserve managed for drinking water supply and conservation values. Each burn in the par ...
    • Stream 5: IFE Australia Conference
    Keynote: Complex community consequence during major emergencies in the built environment ‐ an incident controller's perspective
    • Stream 6: Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
    Understanding preparedness and recovery: a survey of people's preparedness and recovery experience for emergencies
    Over the last decade, Australia has witnessed an increase in disasters and emergencies culminating with the 2019-2020 bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic. Emergency recovery goes beyond survival. It i ...
    • Stream 7: Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
    The Resilient Sydney story
11:40
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    Panel: Evolution of the red map: innovation under pressure
    The NSW 2019-20 fire season has been reported as extreme and extremely unusual. The scale of the fires and the demand for information and warnings had never been seen before. By November, it was clear ...
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    Measuring the impact and trends in volunteer experience to better manage response capability
    Knowledge and experience of CFA's 53,000 volunteer firefighters is a critical resource for CFA and forms a key part of our capability, not only powering mentoring and on-the-job training, but also ena ...
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    TBC
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    A prescription to treat a burning issue: analysing historic fire to define prescriptions and identify burn windows
    Prescribed burning is key tool used by land management agencies to reduce the threat of bushfires. To be effective, burning must be done under conditions where the landscape will burn, but fire behavi ...
    • Stream 5: IFE Australia Conference
    Holistic design and the fire safety strategy - a new approach
    Major drivers for the Warren Centre Project entitled “Professionalising Fire Safety Engineering” were the Lacrosse and Grenfell building fire. At the same time, the research responded to the recommend ...
    • Stream 6: Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
    An Australia-wide learning network: grappling with complexity to sustain a responsive community recovery
    Working as a Community Recovery Officer in a position that reports to a local government, with a community development approach is unenviably complex. These positions have one of the most challenging ...
    • Stream 7: Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
    Panel: Putting together the jigsaw puzzle: a case study on collaborative grass roots community-led and coordinated efforts driving recovery and resilience
    Black Summer & the subsequent COVID pandemic were the second time in recent years that the Blue Mountains community has dealt with Recovery from a major disaster. Our community is suffering from compl ...
12:10
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    Engaging with the volunteer workforce - using the virtual means
    In 2020, volunteer organisations were faced with the challenge of keeping that same engagement during a global pandemic. In March 2020, Australia faced a National Emergency caused by the spread of COV ...
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    Findings and implications of the severe wind hazard assessment for Queensland, including the development of the tropical cyclone impact model
    This presentation will provide an overview of the development and findings of the Severe Wind Hazard Assessment for Queensland - SWHA(Q). The SWHA(Q) was a collaborative project between Geoscience Aus ...
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    LIDAR-derived bushfire load metrics for eucalypt woodlands and forests using optimised acquisition methods, validated using visual and destructive measurements
    Following the catastrophic 2019/20 Australian bushfire season, remote sensing technologies have been identified as critical tools that have the potential to revolutionise how communities prepare for, ...
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    TBC
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    Seeking the ideal in the realm of recovery - community led recovery
    'You cannot seek for the ideal outside the realm of reality' is a quote attributed to French Socialist Leader, Leon Blum (1872-1950). It aptly captures the challenge of supporting community-led approa ...
12:50
  1. Lunch and Poster Session
14:00
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    The 2019-20 bushfire season - learning and preparing to fight it again
    The 2019/20 bush fire season started early. Extended periods of drought, a dire seasonal rainfall outlook, and dry fuels led to a perfect storm of bush fires, the likes of which had never been seen be ...
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    Innovation, collaboration and applied research: a case study of virtual reality and simulation training through the WAEMTC
    Emergency management and response are inherently dangerous and complex professions. Both career and volunteer capacities require high-level expertise to accurately develop situational awareness and ma ...
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    Learning from our neighbours: collaborative approaches to community engagement in Fiji and Vanuatu support community safety and resilience
    When communities receive clear, consistent information that can be used to take action, people have the ability to make potentially life-saving choices before, during and after a crisis. If they are a ...
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    How prepared does NSW need to be for severe to catastrophic disasters? Utilising research for capability planning in NSW
    Following publication of the Capability Development Framework for the NSW Emergency Management Sector, Resilience NSW investigated best practice to support its implementation at a state level. At the ...
    • Stream 5: IFE Australia Conference
    Smoke dampers: did we forget them?
    dampers and smoke dampers are integral components in mitigating fire and smoke spread through air-handling systems serving multiple fire separated compartments in buildings. However, smoke dampers app ...
    • Stream 6: Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
    Enabling communities - from the heart of the community
    Our project, Enabling Communities: From the heart of the community is supported by Victorian Government bushfire funding and covers the fire-affected communities of Corryong, Tallangatta, Mt Beauty, M ...
    • Stream 7: Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
    Social housing and flood risk in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley: a place-based community engagement and action research approach
    In many parts of Australia, some of the residential locations with highest flood risk are also areas with significant social and economic disadvantage. Research shows that vulnerable, disadvantaged co ...
14:30
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    After the Fires: The 2019-20 bushfires and the wellbeing of Australia's first responders
    'If we're going to do more, we need to know more.' Andrew Colvin, National Bushfire Recovery Coordinator The 2019/20 bushfire season was one of the most intense and sustained ever seen in Australia. T ...
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    EM-LINK - sharing spatial data: an example of collaboration between states and the Commonwealth in emergency management
    What is EM-LINK? EM-LINK is an online catalogue of the nation's emergency management spatial webservices. EM-LINK is a joint initiative between Emergency Management Australia (EMA), Emergency Manageme ...
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    Project firestorm: implementing effective emergency services education
    Generational change and long-term resilience is possible through high-quality emergency services education. The NSW Rural Fire Service is working with the Department of Education and other educational ...
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    Heat Smart: Building resilience to heatwaves in Western Sydney
    Australia's deadliest peril, heatwave, poses an extreme risk to Western Sydney communities. A 2020 survey found Western Sydney residents perceived heatwave as a threat equal to, or larger than bushfir ...
    • Stream 5: IFE Australia Conference
    Thermal inertia as an integrative parameter for building performance
    Building envelope designs must achieve multiple functional requirements. Fire safety is challenged when the flammability of building components is not comprehensively characterised. When building ther ...
    • Stream 6: Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
    Australian Red Cross South Australia community-led emergency resilience project
    Emergency planning in Australia has traditionally been focused on the roles, responsibilities and strategies of emergency management agencies, with little input from community organisations, groups, b ...
    • Stream 7: Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
    Harnessing community networks responding to COVID-19 - the case of African migrants in Melbourne's public housing
    On the 4th of July, 2020, around 3,000 residents of inner Melbourne's public housing towers were confined to their units in the hardest lockdown imposed in the city since the beginning of the pandemic ...
15:00
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    Wildlife Response in bushfires: lessons from the Black Summer of 2019-20 in NSW
    The Black Summer bushfires of 2019-20 were unprecedented, testing systems and stretching resources like never before. Lives were lost, homes destroyed, and by some estimates, over three billion native ...
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    Data-driven emergency response - unlocking higher performance with data analytics in the singapore civil defence force
    SCDF has leveraged data analytics to glean insights that drive continual innovation to enhance operational performance and service delivery. A key development of using data analytics in SCDF is the Dy ...
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    A grassroots community message for flood preparedness is on the rise - the Rochester case study
    In 2011, Rochester was impacted by the worst floods in its history with over 200 houses inundated by flood water. This was approximately 80% of the community and the Campaspe River peaked at a 1 in 15 ...
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    TBC
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    External wall BiPV: a growing trend
    The growing trend of installing Building integrated photovoltaics (BiPVs) in external walls has the potential to increase the risk of fire spread. For external wall applications, BiPVs present a uniqu ...
    • Stream 6: Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
    How one local government area enabled a genuine community-led recovery program
    Throughout the recovery process, Kempsey Shire Council has been committed to enabling the community to determine it's own priorities and for local government to facilitate this occurring where ever po ...
    • Stream 7: Australian Disaster Resilience Conference
    The Rockhampton VOAD consortium: a mechanism to support collaboration, coordination and communication of volunteer organisations active in disasters
    While local community groups provide important resources in disaster preparedness, response, and in long-term recovery in devastated communities, often these resources are under-utilised in the Austra ...
15:35
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    Advocating for change: a prescription for enhanced fire safety inspection reforms within multi-storey residential buildings of lightweight construction
    Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) conducts post incident analyses (PIA) where structure fires have occurred and when it believes that the impact of these incidents could be prevented from reoccurring. Trigge ...
16:05
    • Stream 5: IFE Australia Conference
    Four firefighters injured in energy storage system incident: post-incident review
16:35
  1. Closing Ceremony