Expo Stage


Expo Stage

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.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

2:30pm – 2:50pm

The Power of the Uniform – Message from Ambassador on behalf of Workwear Group

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

2:50pm – 3:10pm

 Humanihut – The Future of Field Infrastructure

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

3:10pm – 3:30pm

Volunteers on Demand: How technology is shaping the future of volunteering

Shaun Bennett, Business Development Lead, Noggin

3:30pm – 3:50pm

The impact of moisture on thermal protection

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

3:50pm – 4:10pm

Outdoor Power Equipment and the correct PPE

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

4:10pm – 4:30pm

Post-Fire Decontamination – The harmful effects of airborne contaminants & our fire fighters

  • Recent history and / background of current practices.
  • The ‘BARRIO’ solution and the step by step process
  • What can you do for your brigades today?

Jamie Samson, Project Lead, Rio Tinto

4:30pm – 4:50pm

Innovation in Fire Fighter Personal Protective Clothing 

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

4:50pm – 5:10pm

Protective solutions for thermal hazards

Dirk De Locht, Business Unit Manager – Workwear, Concordia Textiles

Eva Latorre, Office Manager, Estambril International


Thursday, 6 September 2018

10:00am – 10:20am

Electronic Incident Management Systems in the Digital Age

  • How a EIMS needs to align to AIIMS and the Digital Government paradigm in order to be truly effective
  • How to embed an EIMS into an emergency services through a multi-faceted approach to Organisational Change Management

John Simonides, Product Manager IT Emergency Management Systems, Fire & Rescue NSW

10:20am – 10:40pm

Fire and Rescue NSW Community Emergency Resilience Teams C.E.R.T.

This session will talk about Community Emergency Resilience Teams who creates opportunities in the following areas

  • Interface Asset Protection Maintenance
  • Identify and Assist ‘At Risk’ community members
  • Promote disaster awareness and readiness programs specific for the community
  • Connect with emergency responders and key agency stakeholders
  • Build relationships with land managers
  • Foster relationships in industry and non government agencies
  • Connect with local media and seek local grant opportunities
  • Assist in long term community recovery
  • Manage spontaneous volunteers and surge capacity to emergencies

Heath Langdon, Team Leader, Fire & Rescue NSW

Terry Amor, Community Fire Unit Officer, Fire & Rescue NSW

10:40am – 11:00am

Evidence Based Decision Making in Emergency Services Asset Management

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

11:00am – 11:20am

Concept Safety Systems – PlanStudio and the Emergency Services Platform

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

11:20am – 11:40am

Extreme fires – Extreme solutions

  • Engage with an ad hoc audience to explain the nature of the extreme wildfire problem
  • Explain how we track fire thunderstorms as part of a global research effort
  • Explain how while the extreme fires are causing devastation of the ground, their fire thunderstorms have impacts on the upper atmosphere equivalent to that of volcanic eruptions
  • Explain how climate change is driving this
  • Make clear that science has shown that established tools are not up to the job of mitigating this growing risk
  • Show the new tools that we have developed, including a tested predictive model

Rick McRae, Risk Analyst, ACT Emergency Services Agency, ACT Emergency Services Agency

11:40am – 12:00pm

Solar Panels & Emergency Services: Reducing the Risks of the “DC Danger Zone”

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. 

  • Understanding the nature of DC electricity and how it works in solar panels.
  • Why would you want to turn solar panel systems off?
  • How do you turn them off?
  • What goes wrong with them?
  • How do solar panels impact your response procedure?
  • What products are available to mitigate the risks?

Jim Foran, Founder and CEO, PVStop


12:00pm – 12:20pm

Knowledge is Power – how AIDR supports a disaster resilient Australia

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

12:20pm – 12:40pm

Environments of Preparation, Response and Recovery – One size doesn’t fit all

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

1:45pm – 2:05pm

Are you Emotionally Intelligent, or just Emotional?

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

2:05pm – 2:25pm

Using the Team Process Checklist to Build Teams, Monitor Teams and Conduct After Action Reviews

  • What makes a high performing team
  • Managing teams during emergencies
  • Using teamwork checklists

Chris Bearman, Associate Professor of Cognitive Psychology, Appleton Institute & School of Health, Medical and Applied Sciences, Adelaide Campus

2:25pm – 2:45pm

Volunteer job descriptions and targeted recruitment – changing workforce demographics and principles of  engagement

This session will cover:

  • The project partnered with the University of WA School of Business and the Emergency Services Volunteer Association. It focused on the Volunteer Fire and Emergency Services volunteer membership
  • The demographics of this membership was analysed to determine: volunteer satisfaction, recruitment methodologies, diversity and membership turnover
  • The membership data was compared against current principles of workforce management to determine a practical set of recommendations that can improve: team relationships, job satisfaction, volunteer retention, and access to community members previously not engaged in emergency services volunteering
  • The project determined specific issues that may deter particular community members from registering or remaining in the service for very long. The most important recommendation was the development of a job description for each formal role in the brigade as well as for new, emerging roles, such as the social media and marketing officer
  • Advantages of creating detailed job descriptions and duty statements for volunteer roles are many and these will be highlighted in the presentation
  • DFES will be collaborating with the WA volunteer emergency services affiliated with the Department to develop job description templates, fact sheets and resources to assist volunteer brigades, groups and units recruit the right people for the right job from a wider community base. This change in recruitment is anticipated to increase volunteer diversity and increase team productivity and community resilience.

Su Ferreira, Volunteer Programs Consultant, Strategic Volunteer and Youth Programs, Department of Fire & Emergency Services, WA

2:45pm – 3:05pm

Future Proofing the Fire Service

• 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

3:05pm – 3:25pm

Flexibility – the future of volunteering

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

3:25pm – 3:45pm

Training the London Fire Brigade

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

3:45pm – 4:05pm

Ethical Banking

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

4:05pm – 4:25pm

Building local response capabilities through community engagement –the South Australian Regional Community Capability Fund (RCCF)

  • This presentation will describe a South Australian grant program and the associated protocols that has supported engagement with rural property owners and enhanced bushfire response capabilities
  • In the fourth year of operation, the RCCF is providing approximately $2 million in local grants for rural property owners to offsetting the cost of purchasing community emergency equipment. The community grants, of up to $2,500 per property, have mostly assisted the purchase Farm Fire Units in rural and remote areas of South Australia
  • SACFS and media reports, indicate that enhanced local rapid fire containment has reduced the occurrence and the associated consequences associated with large uncontained rural fires
  • The presentation will outline; how the RCCF funding program works; operational arrangements to ensure safety and communication and integration with state emergency management arrangements
  • This collaborative model could be considered, adopted or adapted in other situations to other hazard areas.

Tony McLoughlin, Manager, Policy and Strategy, SA Fire & Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM)

Friday, 7 September 2018

10:00am – 10:20am

Future of fire-fighting vehicles- construction and integration

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

10:20am – 10:40am

Vehicle Safety and Innovation

The discussion will focus on current and future technology innovations in the vehicle road space.

Scott Simpson, Senior Product Manager, Volvo Group Australia

10:40am – 11:00am

Emerging Technologies in Commercial Vehicles

Simon Humphries,Chief Engineer, Product Strategy, Isuzu Australia 

11:00am – 11:20am

 DFES Air Operations Overview

  • Aerial Intelligence Surveillance & Reconnaissance (AISR)
  • Air Attack
  • Air Mobility & Utility

John Landwehr, Air Operations Officer, DFES Aviation Services

Troy Stubberfield, Air Operations Officer, DFES Aviation Services

11:20am – 11:40am

DFES Emergency Rescue Helicopter Service

  • IFR and NVIS capability
  • DFES mission systems
  • Rescue capability and winching 
  • On board clinical capabilities

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

11:40am – 12:00pm

Why Won’t They Answer Me?? – Communicating with Aircraft at the Fire ground

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

12:00pm – 12:20pm

Air Mobility – HAZMAT/CBRN Recon Team

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

12:20pm – 12:40pm

Risk based resource allocations – data informing decisions

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

12:40pm – 1:00pm

The evolving fireground: How fire behaviour research is influencing structure firefighting tactics and procedures

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.

Topics include:
• 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

2:00pm – 2:20pm

A cross-disciplinary approach to community resilience planning

• 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

2:20pm – 2:40pm

What role does climate change play in natural disasters?

  • Preliminary work around how extreme fire weather conditions during February 2017 were made more extreme by climate change
  • The long-term warming and drying trends in Australia’s climate and the impact this has on increasing trends in extreme fire weather
  • How climate change is impacting on heat extremes

Dr Lynette Bettio, Senior Climatologist, Bureau of Meteorology