Trade registration to the exhibition is free and gives you access to:
- INTERSCHUTZ Exhibition
- Expo Stage
- AIDR Knowledge Centre
- $15 Lunch Voucher (AFAC members only)
The Expo Stage will feature practical, 20-minute presentations aimed at the operational staff of emergency management organisations. These will be run by guest speakers and exhibitors and will give attendees knowledge that can be used in practice. Themes will include: Technology &Innovation, PPE, Resilience & Preparedness, Diversity & Development, Community & Engagement¸ Community Resilience & Natural Disasters, Telecommunication, AIR Operations and Trucks.
These sessions will be open to all AFAC18 visitors.
Join us as Invictus Games Ambassador shares the importance of uniforms on today’s society and the psychological power they possess.
Introduction by Michael Cullen, BDM, Workwear Group
Emergency services require robust, comfortable and rapidly deployable accommodation to ensure it can quickly respond to emergency events whilst creating a minimal footprint in and around the community it supports. The Humanihut Field Infrastructure System is the only rapidly deployable, rigid, fully serviced field accommodation on the global market and its been developed right here in Australia.
Neale Sutton, Managing Director and Co-founder, Humanihut Pty Ltd
Shaun Bennett, Business Development Lead, Noggin
While moisture in the outer layers of structural firefighting gear can help protection in extreme heat exposure, the converse is true for moisture inside a garment, where the risk of burn injury increases significantly.
Yet the current tests required to meet protection standards such as AS 4976, EN469 and NFPA1971 only test dry garments, ignoring the risk from low energy heat transfer that can cause steam burns when wet inside.
The presentation will examine the risks to firefighter safety associated with moisture build up inside firefighting garments. It will also share Gore’s knowledge and understanding of the issue gained from developing a new way to test fabrics by simulating the thermal impact of moisture on the wearer during exposure to low radiant heat sources.
Gordon Burns, Associate, W. L. Gore & Associates (UK) Limited
Come see new innovations from STIHL and talk to the Experts about the right outdoor power equipment for you and your needs.
Matthew Gladwin, National Sales Manager, STIHL
Jamie Samson, Project Lead, Rio Tinto
Throughout the world, there is continuous innovation to strive for excellence in all areas of firefighting PPC from helmets to boots to the firefighting tunics and trousers. This presentation will focus on the most recent innovations in the fabrics and design of PPC and show examples of where this technology can be integrated in order to increase the safety and comfort of Australian Firefighters. The basic technology of PPC will be outlined including how it works, why it is so important and the improvements that can still be made in relation to the awareness of new threats to fire fighters.
Abby Hannah, International Business Development Manager, Stedfast
Dirk De Locht, Business Unit Manager – Workwear, Concordia Textiles
Eva Latorre, Office Manager, Estambril International
John Simonides, Product Manager IT Emergency Management Systems, Fire & Rescue NSW
This session will talk about Community Emergency Resilience Teams who creates opportunities in the following areas
Heath Langdon, Team Leader, Fire & Rescue NSW
Terry Amor, Community Fire Unit Officer, Fire & Rescue NSW
Evidence Based Decision Making (EBDM) is what optimises the Performance Cost Risk relationship that is inherent in the acquisition, sustainment, and use of emergency service assets across their life cycle.
This customised optimisation maximises the value of the asset in delivering operational outcomes to the organisation.
Lee Parker, Head of IT/IM, Babcock
In our presentation, CSS introduces the Emergency Services Portal (ESP). Drawing on our 10-year heritage in providing evacuation signs, online safety training and compliance solutions for commercial building occupiers, we will demonstrate how detailed two- and three-dimensional floor plans are provided to first responders and incident commanders in real-time, assisting their decision making and improving safety outcomes for everyone involved. Whether viewed en route to the incident, or monitored from the command centre, ESP can help prepare and guide responders and commanders by providing current, detailed insights into any building’s internal structures, obstacles and access paths.
John Hummelstad, Executive Chairman and CEO, Concept Safety
Rick McRae, Risk Analyst, ACT Emergency Services Agency, ACT Emergency Services Agency
The global growth of renewable energy is unprecedented. 10 years ago in Australia there were approximately 100,000 residential solar installations, today this figure has risen to over 1,800,000 (or approximately 1 in 5 homes).
Fire and emergency services agencies are now encountering incidents involving solar panels on a weekly basis, but do they have safe systems of work to combat this ever growing risk?
Firefighter awareness of solar PV systems, being able to identify the different types of solar PV systems and gaining a basic operating knowledge of these systems are paramount to effectively mitigating a fire event involving solar PV systems.
Jim Foran, Founder and CEO, PVStop
By connecting people and organisations to local, national and international resources, publications and experts, AIDR plays a key role in supporting disaster resilience in Australia.
This session will provide guidance on how to access and contribute to the collective knowledge and how it can support you and your organisation in disaster resilience activities.
Find out more about the disaster resilience knowledge hub, national handbook collection and other publications in disaster resilience, professional development and networking opportunities.
Amanda Lamont, Director Engagement & Projects, Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience
We all live in an age where the world’s environments, cultures and personal upbringings can mean so many different things.
Therefore, does how we plan for an emergency shape how the world responds to one?
By speaking to Military, Professional Specialists and Emergency Service Organisations across NSW in 2017, I uncovered that indeed one size does not fit all.
Carina Heppell, Volunteer, Victorian State Emergency Service
Building emotional and social intelligence increases the safety and wellbeing of a team, at an incident, in an emergency, or during “peace time”. Emotional intelligence helps our leaders to learn, connect with their teams, make better decisions and lead more effectively.
What is emotional intelligence and what does it look like in emergency agencies? Can it be measured? Can it be increased?
This session will draw on experience within Fire and Rescue NSW. It draws on the work of Daniel Golemen (Primal Leadership) and Alexander Haslam (The New Psychology of Leadership), Stephen Covey and recent research, to show how the attitudes and emotional intelligence of leaders, at every level of the organisation, has a profound impact on the ability of the emergency agency to serve the community.
Gillian Andrews, Leadership Development Specialist, Fire & Rescue NSW
Chris Bearman, Associate Professor of Cognitive Psychology, Appleton Institute & School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, Adelaide Campus
This session will cover:
Su Ferreira, Volunteer Programs Consultant, Strategic Volunteer and Youth Programs, Department of Fire & Emergency Services, WA
• The impact of the departure of the baby boomer generation.
• The need to undertake succession planning and talent identification
• What does it mean to fast track talented people
Philip Langdon, Snr Advisor Organisational Development People and Culture, Fire & Rescue NSW
In this session you will learn:
• What the participants (volunteers, staff & community members) see as the opportunities and risks
• Actions being taken and planned that will establish a clear framework for flexible volunteering
• The vision for 2023 that the participants have for the new approach to volunteering in CFA
• The key elements of the Flexible Model of Volunteering pilot
• Hear about its structure that will facilitate flexibility, improve connectivity with the community and create opportunities for partnerships locally and at state level
Kimberley Taylor, Regional Manager Volunteer Sustainability, Country Fire Authority
Babcock and the London Fire Brigade have entered into a 25 year partnership to enhance the delivery of firefighting training services. Babcock has designed and delivered an immersive and engaging training experience to the London Fire Brigade. The program is designed to meet the London Fire Brigade’s changing needs and future requirements.
Craig Schwartz, Training & Communications Program Manager, Babcock
Firefighters Mutual Bank has been named one of the world’s most ethical companies as named by Ethisphere Institute. The Institute is a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices. Join us and find out why we are one of the most ethical companies globally and what lies at the heart of what we do, our members. Ever wondered what “owning your own” bank means to you, join us at our expo session to find out more.
Jim O’Connell, General Manager, Firefighters Mutual Bank
Tony McLoughlin, Manager, Policy and Strategy, SA Fire & Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM)
Rosenbauer will present new method of building and delivering high quality and innovative heavy pumpers while retaining full customization capabilities as well as visibility of assets throughout their lifespan and integration into response management systems to monitor their performance.
Arthur Weimer, Managing Director, Rosenbauer
Cameron Bettany, Regional Sales Manager, Rosenbauer
The discussion will focus on current and future technology innovations in the vehicle road space.
Scott Simpson, Senior Product Manager, Volvo Group Australia
Simon Humphries,Chief Engineer, Product Strategy, Isuzu Australia
John Landwehr, Air Operations Officer, DFES Aviation Services
Troy Stubberfield, Air Operations Officer, DFES Aviation Services
Mick Perren, CHC Helicopter Pilot and Jandakot Base Manager, WA RAC Rescue Helicopter Service
Josh Lyons, St John Ambulance, Critical Care Paramedic, WA RAC Rescue Helicopter Service
This session is intended for ground-based firefighters and commanders who may need to communicate with aircraft during a fire. It will look at the many challenges faced by aircrew during a fire operation, giving firefighters a better understanding of what the pilots are dealing with and identifying ways in which those on the ground can optimise their radio communications to get their message across clearly and efficiently without jeopardizing aircrew safety.
Steve Marriott, Product Specialist, Australia & New Zealand, Motorola
The capability to deploy a multi-agency HAZMAT/CBRN Recon Team by air to a remote location has been recently developed by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES) and ChemCentre.
The key objective was to develop a capability that could deploy specialist personnel and equipment rapidly throughout the jurisdiction, by fixed or rotary wing platform to an incident.
The State of Western Australia, presents challenges to emergency services due to tyranny of distance. The total length of the state’s eastern border is 1,862 km, there are 20,781 km of coastline, including 7,892 km of island coastline. The total land area occupied by the state is 2.5 million km2
The presentation will provide a summary of the capabilities development, effect delivered, lessons learnt, and report on the successful deployment of the capability during a field exercise in Bunbury in February 2018.
David Gill, A/Superintendent Special Operations, Operations Capability, Special Operations Response, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, WA
The South Australian Country Fire Service (SACFS), like many Australian fire services, is an all hazard emergency management organisation. SACFS is a volunteer based organisation responding to a variety of hazards including: road crashes, hazardous material spills, structure fires and wildfires.
SACFS guidelines and prescriptions ensure that 1) each brigade is adequately resourced to meet the risk present in its own immediate primary response zone and 2) that, collectively, sufficient resources are available to respond to regional and statewide hazards. In this talk Martijn will present current work in identifying risk and efficiently allocating resources.
• The brigade capabilities that the SACFS have to respond to various hazards
• Demonstrating the incident statistics and geospatial data that is being used to allocate resources and inform prescriptions and standards
• An optimisation model for road crash rescue facility allocation to ensure efficient location of resources
• South Australian risk maps created for visual risk representation and mapping the geographic extent of SACFS capabilities
Martijn van der Merwe, Operations Analyst, South Australian Country Fire Service
It is well established that structure fire behaviour has significantly changed over recent decades due to changes in furniture/fuel materials and building construction methods. These changes have led to fires that grow faster and burn with greater intensity while at the same time have a higher probability of becoming ventilation limited prior to the arrival of firefighters. Combined, these changes result in fires that are far more responsive to the actions of firefighters and fire conditions that can rapidly change.
Many of these changes have been recognised anecdotally by firefighters but over recent years some significant research programs have also investigated the role firefighting tactics in altering fire behaviour. This research has provided a deeper insight and understanding of modern fire behaviour and its implications and dangers. In some cases, this research supports existing tactics but also provides an evidenced based understanding of when and where to apply them, or when and where not to apply them. In addition, research supports some new tactical approaches or a re-imagining of existing tactics to provide firefighters with a better opportunity to stabilise fire conditions, limit damage and reduce risk. As fire behaviour and buildings evolve so too must firefighters.
• Fire behaviour
• Dangers of convective flow paths
• Wind driven flow paths
• Door control
• Offensive external attacks and transitional attacks
• Identifying and maintaining survivable spaces
Dr Greg Henry, Senior Fire Fighter and Research Officer, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, WA
• The need to evaluate community resilience
• Challenges with evaluating resilience
• Implications for floodplain management planning
• Description of a community resilience framework which is evidenced-based, adapted to local context, and integrated with a suite of floodplain management measures
Carrie Dearnley, Senior Flood Engineer, BMT Group
Dr Lynette Bettio, Senior Climatologist, Bureau of Meteorology
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