AFAC19 powered by INTERSCHUTZ | 27-30 August 2019 | Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre | #AFAC19

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, , Resilience & Preparedness, Diversity & Development, Community & Engagement¸ Mental Health and Wellbeing.

These sessions will be open to all AFAC19 visitors.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

2:00pm – 2:20pm

Simplifying command and control in dynamic, information-heavy environments for emergency services

Babcock has developed a new command and control situational awareness tool designed for collating, analysing, managing and communicating information in dynamic environments to a wide range of users. The tool brings clarity to decision makers in a sea of data, with applications ranging from counter-terrorism to emergency service and humanitarian aid. The presentation will discuss the application of the tool in a CBD emergency service scenario.

Craig Schwartz, Business Development Manager, Babcock

2:20 pm – 2:40 pm

Disruptive Technologies

The increase of new technologies in the automotive space create exciting opportunities. What does automation and electrification mean to Emergency Services?

Scott Simpson, Senior Product Manager, Volvo

2:40pm- 3:00pm

Commercial Vehicle Industry Megatrends and their impact on Emergency Service Vehicles

Simon Humphries will unpack the key trends that are shaping future commercial vehicles, and how they are shaping the specifications and operations of emergency vehicles.

Simon Humphries, Chief Engineer, Product Strategy, Isuzu

3:00pm – 3:20pm

Moving Fire and Emergency Response into the Future

The Time to defend your and your company’s reputation is before the event – not during a Coroner’s case. Be prepared by having the right state of mind and equipping yourself with the best technology available. See the development of Locatrix’s Emergency Services Platform and learn about how we believe in keeping people safe in buildings by capturing and sharing of critical building information for safety professionals via our software applications.

Graeme Thom, Board Advisor, Locatrix

3:20pm- 3:40pm

 Solar Panels & the DC Danger Zone – The “New Normal” for Fire & Emergency Services

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 2,100,000 (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, Director and CEO, PvStop 

3:40pm – 4:00pm

The Queensland Disaster Management Research Framework

The Queensland Disaster Management Research Framework (DMRF) was initiated to enable a sector-wide  approach of the use of research across all areas of disaster management.  The DMRF focuses on local issues, local research and local solutions, enabling a coordinated approach to undertaking, managing and sharing research; supporting the development of research for strategic disaster management priorities, by connecting policy makers and disaster management practitioners with researchers; and enabling the transition of applying research into practice.

Dr Allison Rifai, Principal Program Officer -research, Research and Engagement, Office of the Inspector-General Emergency Management

4:00pm – 4:20pm

The Effect of Climate Change on CMIP5 Driven Forest Fire Danger (FFDI) in Australia

The frequency of extreme events such as heatwaves has been projected to increase due to the effect of climate change, particularly in semi-arid regions such as large areas of Australia. This in turn exacerbates fire danger conditions with FFDI also likely to increase over the 21st century. However, this increase is not temporally uniform with more days of extreme FFDI occurring in the seasons prior to, or post to, peak FFDI months, signifying a lengthening of the fire season. The historical and projected changes in FFDI between 1979-2100 will be explored, as well as the trend during this period. This will be discussed in context to the how we currently identify fire seasons across Australia, and what this may mean for fire managers and agencies into the future.

Alex Holmes, Research Officer,  Planning and Predictive Services, NSW Rural Fire Service 

4:20pm – 4:40pm

The relationships between Clothing & Equipment and Performance / Injury

The session will look at injuries (both acute and chronic) and their mechanisms that are common to Firefighters and Law Enforcement personnel and discuss the roles and relationships of Clothing and Equipment. Injury mitigation and concomitant optimised health and force preservation will be discussed with pragmatic real-world evidence and guidance provided.

Dr. Rob Orr, Associate Professor and Lead of the Tactical Research Unit, Bond University

4:40pm -5:00pm 

Investigating relationships between fuel moisture content, soil moisture and vegetation type in Australia


Angelo Breda, Ph.D. Student, University of Newcastle

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

10:00am – 10:20am

Career and volunteer firefighters’ mental health and the importance of job satisfaction in contributing to PTSD, depression and anxiety

  1. Prevalence rates for PTSD, depression, anxiety and alcohol use disorders based on diagnostic clinical interviews;
  2. Evidence that mental health symptoms persisted over time and were generally the strongest contributors to mental health symptoms measured at follow-up;
  3. Data identifying the important relationship between firefighters’ job satisfaction related to routine operational aspects of their work and their mental health. High job satisfaction related to operational aspects of firefighters’ work protected career firefighters against the development of PTSD and depression;

The importance of these findings for firefighters and fire services will be discus

Heather Bancroft,Clinical Psychologist, University of Melbourne 

10:20am – 10:40am

Resilience at work

RAW Mind Coach is the world’s 1st mindfulness based online resilience training program for firefighters. Develop following research conducted at Fire and Rescue New South Wales by Dr Sadhbh Joyce whilst working as part of the UNSW Workplace Mental Health Research Team in association with the Black Dog Institute. John will be outlining the results of the randomised control trial and discussing the psychological benefits and increased levels of resilience in firefighters and other high-risk workers when they complete the Resilience @ Work (RAW) Mind Coach Program.

John McGarvey, Senior Firefighter and Rescue Operator, Fire and Rescue NSW 

10:40am – 11:00am

Finding purpose after service – Military Veteran reintegration through volunteering

When it comes to emergency management,military veterans are an underutilised resource. I have recently completed a Churchill Fellowship investigating the growing number of veteran volunteering organisations in the US. My research focused on what attracts veterans to volunteering and how the nature of volunteering is changing.

Retiring military personnel leave an environment that provided them with a strong sense of purpose and camaraderie. Emergency management organisations provide similar environments. To attract veteran volunteers, organisations need to develop streamlined pathways that allow veterans to reconnect with the values they enjoyed during military service. Attracting and retaining veteran volunteers means providing an environment for innovation, and leadership opportunities.

Team Rubicon US has recruited over 100,000 volunteers in less than 10 years they do this by fostering local leadership and trusting their members to make good decisions without limiting their ability to innovate.

Mark Dobson, Station Officer, Fire and Rescue NSW

11:00am -11:30am 

The Disruption, Transformation and Reinvention of First Aid Training

  • First Aid Training or Soybeans
  • When Reality Bites
  • So your leading transformational change..
  • Short Demonstration of SJx
  • We’ve only just begun

David Loiacono, Business Manager Commercial Training, St John Ambulance 

11:30am – 11:50am

Recovery Wellbeing – how to support emergency staff

The DELWP Recovery Team recognised the potential psychological impacts of emergency recovery resulting from long-term fatigue and demanding community engagement and determined that improvements were required to the way DELWP supports its staff post emergency.

In 2018 the team developed a project that aimed to support the mental health and wellbeing of staff working in emergency recovery. It was delivered through a ‘package’ of tools for DELWP staff, including:

  • Psychological First Aid training being rolled out across the state, with a specific ‘recovery’ focus for those who work in disaster impacted communities.
  • Creation of an online Recovery Wellbeing ‘Hub’ which includes video stories and advice from experienced recovery workers and links to support services and other useful information
  • A series of launch events to; promote the Hub, acknowledge the importance of supporting recovery workers, and provide opportunities for staff to connect, share stories and information.

The project the team were able to raise awareness on the risks to mental health after emergencies and the impact on staff and to the organisation. With the support of senior leaders speaking at the launches, the team demonstrated that

  • the wellbeing of recovery workers is important;
  • that recovery staff are valued and their contributions to communities and to emergency management are recognised; and
  • that DELWP are working harder at finding ways to support them.

The guest speaker at the launches, Jolie Wills, Christchurch earthquake survivor, cognitive physiologist and Winston Churchill scholar, was able to provide a greater understanding of recovery wellbeing and how individuals, managers and leaders could support recovery workers.

The project has given recovery workers a safe place to connect with others with similar experiences and ensure they don’t feel isolated and alone, that they have support systems. And importantly it has seen a shift in the Departments, to one that now better recognises the importance of people who work in emergency recovery and the demanding work they experience.

Nathalie Brown, Senior Programs Officer, Forest, Fire & Emergencies, Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning

11:50am – 12:10pm

Supporting individuals and communities through high emotion after emergencies

Emotional reactions are a normal response to the distress and trauma associated with an emergency. At times, this emotional response is transformed into ‘high emotion’ – an emotion of such intensity that it disrupts a person or community’s ability to undertake recovery activities.

High emotion can be unintentionally evoked or exacerbated by the emergency management sector (EM sector) and affect the long-term recovery of individuals and communities

The Working with communities through high emotion project seeks to improve recovery by assisting the EM sector to understand, respond and support communities through high emotion.

By understanding the causes of high emotion, developing strategies to support communities and building sector capability, this project will enrich the future recovery of communities against a backdrop of ever-changing disasters.

This is a project of the Department of Health and Human Services Psychosocial Reference Group, a multi-disciplinary group comprising of service providers, psychologists, peak organisations and relevant government departments. The group provides sector-wide expertise to promote person-centred relief and recovery approaches and inform psychosocial policy and program development.

Fiona Li, Senior Policy Officer, Emergency Management, Department of Health and Human Services

12:10pm – 12:30pm

Cancer Awareness Education, from firefighting in, to firefighting out

Training, education and recognition of the epidemic of cancer in the fire service has been a goal of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network for many years. It is imperative that new generations of fire fighters are made aware of how large and impactful this problem is.
Cancer is the number 1 killer of firefighters based on the data from International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF). Therefore, how to protect firefighter by himself from the dangerous contaminants on the fire ground is a trending topic.
As an internationally known manufacturer of high-quality personal protective equipment and systems designed to help save lives, Bullard is a thought leader to protect firefighters, from fighting in to fighting out.
The Session objective is to raise emergency management sector’s cancer awareness for our firefighters.

Dhanesh Jagwani, Regional Sales Manager, Bullard

12:30pm – 12:50pm

Creative ways to succeed when engaging with Communities

Dr Moreton will share some innovative conversational resources she has developed to bring creativity and story telling to community engagement for emergency planning, preparedness and recovery.  She  will share the resources with the group and we will use them, having conversations and experiencing the power of art, of story telling, and of being community led.  Dr Moreton will bring to the conversation examples of community led community engagement from her work, as appropriate.   Come along and experience an innovative approach to working with community leaders of all ages, and a diverse range of community groups. 

Margaret Moreton, Principal, Leva Consulting

12:50pm – 1:10pm

Challenging current bush firefighter behaviour to reduce exposure to harmful carcinogens and contaminants at incidents

Due to current practices, knowledge and culture firefighters around the world are currently at risk to silent killers when attending bushfires.
The dangers of smoke contents at structure fires are very well documented and known, however when it comes to bushfire we’ve assumed that because it’s bushland there isn’t any danger to our health and it’s just not true.
Jamie will be sharing the current research available, what has already been implemented in Western Australia and what every firefighter can do today, to reduce their exposure and the risk of long term health impacts.

Jamie Samson,Captain, DFES Volunteer Fire & Rescue Brigade in Paraburdoo

1:40pm -2:20pm

Accelerate Emergency Management with Daily, High Resolution Planet Imagery 

Planet is a space technology and data analytics company working to make global change visible, accessible, and actionable. The company operates the largest satellite constellation in human history — with the ability to image the full Earth every day at 3 – 5m resolution and anywhere on Earth twice a day at 80cm resolution. Planet’s global dataset is uniquely situated to help mitigate, prepare for, and respond to natural disasters. With frequent broad area monitoring, state, federal, and utility actors can measure and map resources to mitigate risks, as well as use daily insights to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of response resources. 

Tom Farrow, Senior Sales Executive ANZ, Planet

2:20pm – 2:40pm

Knowledge into action: strengthening disaster resilience in Australia

With our changing climate bringing more complex, intense and frequent disasters, how can Australia prepare for a resilient future?

The Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience (AIDR) works with a broad stakeholder group to develop, maintain and share knowledge and learning to support and strengthen Australia’s disaster resilience.

This presentation will outline how AIDR can support and enhance your disaster resilience initiatives through a range of programs and services. This includes its flagship publications: the Australian Disaster Resilience Handbook Collection and the Australian Journal of Emergency Management; a range of education and professional development programs delivered nationally; and curated resources made freely accessible online.

AIDR is supported by its partners: the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs, Australian Red Cross, AFAC and the Bushfire and Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre (BNHCRC).

Melissa Matthews, Information and Knowledge Management, Ella Wilkinson, Project Officer AIDR

2:40pm – 3:00pm

Ten Years on from the Victorian Black Saturday Bushfires Public Information during response, what have we learnt?

The Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission (Parliament of Victoria, 2010) recommended that fire agencies alter the Australasian Inter-Service Incident Management System (AIIMS) to acknowledge and give greater authority to public information, placing it on the same level as the operations, planning and logistic functions of incident management. It was arguably from this point that public information during the response phase became a greater priority for emergency services (AFAC, 2017).
Based on a review of the literature and an online survey completed with public information response staff at Tasmania Fire Service (TFS) and the State Emergency Service (SES) in 2018, Peter’s research identifies the current state of practice and challenges within the public information function. The research provides suggested recommendations for enhancement with a focus on the state of Tasmania as a case study.

Peter will discuss where we are at ten-years on from the Victorian Black Saturday Bushfires, inviting the audience to provide their thoughts on the topic. Exploring the following topics:

• Working within an integrated emergency management model across all hazards.
• Prevention, preparedness and response being linked and a community resilience approach.
• Tackling challenges including; vulnerable technology, community and stakeholder relationships, increasing public expectations, gaps in understanding behavioural change, organisational culture, leadership and vulnerable populations (ageing population).
• Continuing shift to impact based warnings.

Peter Middleton,Coordinator Community Development & State Public Information Officer,Tasmania Fire Service

3:00pm – 3:20pm

Advancing emergency preparedness for people with disabilities and chronic health conditions in the community

The PCEP (Villeneuve et al., 2018) is an evidence-based and practice-informed toolkit incorporating instructional videos that:

-supports people with a disability to be equal partners in assessing their functional capabilities and support needs in 8 capability areas (communication, management of health, assistive technology, personal support, assistance animals, transportation, living situation, and social connectedness);
-provides a strengths-based process for people with disability, their family and carers to collaborate with community-based service providers to develop emergency preparedness through targeted actions, and advocacy relevant to their unique support needs; and
-enables people to have an emergency preparedness plan and communicate that plan with their support network.
This session will introduce the PCEP toolkit and share case examples of its uptake into emergency services – community engagement, community health, disability support, and service delivery with people from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities. The open-access user-guide and videos will be shared.

Michelle Villeneuve, Research Lead – Disability-Inclusive Community Development , The University of Sydney 

3:20pm – 3:45pm

Building resilience with the homeless community during extreme weather

A study by Australian Red Cross and CQ University in 2016 identified key impacts extreme weather has on people experiencing homelessness in Australia.
Just think, when you are tucked up at home with the heater on this winter, how are people sleeping rough coping? Did they know this storm or cold snap was coming? Did they have a plan to keep warm this winter?
Out of the Storm was an innovative pilot project run by the Australian Red Cross, Hutt St centre and CQ University to address some of these concerns and provide a genuine opportunity for people experiencing homelessness to contribute their unique knowledge and skills to co-designing resources that will help keep people informed during extreme weather.

Alana Pedler, People At Risk Project Officer and Nick Banks,Coordinator Community Resilience, Australian Red Cross

3:45pm – 4:10pm

Changing our Operations to meet Community needs during a Complex Incident

The communities of South Western Victoria were hit with fast moving bushfires on St Patrick’s day night 2018, that was just the beginning, peat swamps ignited by fires would burn for weeks, displacing families, providing health challenges and stopping vital recovery works. Protracted and complex operations followed.

This session will detail how Incident Management Teams can adapt and bring diverse agencies together to achieve community outcomes to mitigate consequences of emergencies.

Mark Gunning –Incident Controller during these emergencies will share how AIIMs Teams were adapted and focussed to deal with the emergency in a Community context – this simple act of changing Planning and Team goals contributed to much of the success.

Jo Beard – former Mayor of Corangamite Shire, where 3 fires struck, will explain, from a community viewpoint, how simple changes in the approach from emergency management agencies can lead to improved emergency and community outcomes

Mark Gunning, Incident controller, Jo Beard, CFA

4:10pm- 4:30pm

Connecting international humanitarian response and domestic response, relief and recovery

Australia’s response, relief and recovery systems are world class. But as climate change, population pressures and health security risks increase the likelihood of ‘black swan’ events in the coming years, we can look to international humanitarian responses for key lessons in how to better prepare for these coming challenges.

This talk will look at how improved leadership in international humanitarian response will help in the preparation for larger scale emergencies and humanitarian crises at home and abroad.

Stephen McDonald, Director, Centre for Humanitarian Leadership

Thursday, 29 August 2019

10:00am – 10:20am

LMK: Firefighters using technology to fight suicide, depression, PTSD and substance abuse

The LMK app is a mental health app that was conceived, funded and developed by a group of Victorian firefighters who wanted to provide an mental health tool to their crew mates which they could access off shift. They wanted to develop an app that would allow their crew mates to monitor their mental health on a regular basis and if they hit a crisis point, access help off shift. Attend Scott D’Arcy’s session to hear about the development, launch and ongoing monitoring of  the app and the lessons that have been learnt along the way.

Scott Darcy, Station Officer, Let Me Know 

10:20am – 10:40am

Latrobe Valley Intelligence Network

I would like to inform you about the world’s largest real-time environmental monitoring network that has commenced online in the Latrobe Valley, Victoria on the 1st May. The comprehensive network combines bushfire ignition detection, flood level monitoring, air quality tracking and 24-hour micro-climate weather monitoring, to provide early notification of fires, floods and air quality issues, such as storm asthma that can impact the lives of residents.

Developed and supported by Australian company Attentis, the patented technology has been implemented as part of the Federal Government’s Smart Cities and Suburbs Program with installation and ongoing support from the Latrobe City Council.

Lance King, Coordinator Emergency Management, Latrobe City Council

10:40am – 11:00am

Responding to White Powder Incidents: Have We Come Full Circle?

Kate Grimwood,Senior Chemist and Research Officer – Emergency Response, Chemcentre

11:00am -11:30am

Power Up – Applying powered winches to rope base rescue and rigging systems

Chris Milne, Managing Director, ActSafe Australia and Inov8 Specialty Rigging   

11:30am – 11:50am

Building a mobile mapping solution to support remote area fuel reduction operations

Effective delivery of planned burning operations relies on meeting the dual challenges of effectively reducing fuel hazard, while providing appropriate protections for cultural and environmental values. These challenges can be even more difficult to meet when delivering planned burns in remote areas, as burns are often ignited from the air with limited reference points available for operational personnel, and access to mobile data is unreliable.

This presentation will outline development and implementation of a practical mobile mapping solution built on ESRI infrastructure that allows access to authoritative, up to date data relating to the burn delivery plan, allows operators to effectively work offline, and allows recording of ignition progress and other observations which can then be easily shared with ground based personnel and Burn Management Teams.

Anthony Cheesman, Gis Team Leader, Department of Environment, Land, Water And Planning


11:50am – 12:10pm

Applying design thinking to Introduce a new Type 3

Fire and Emergency New Zealand is looking at what features we need from a Type 3 Heavy Pumping appliance or Pump Rescue Tender, to help our firefighters do their jobs and look after our communities.

To ensure we get a fit for purpose solution, the project has adopted a Design Thinking approach.

Join us to learn more about Design Thinking and how we have applied it in the Emergency Services context. 

Dan Wilton, Senior Business Analyst, Fire and Emergency New Zealand 

12:10pm – 12:30pm

Trial and Evaluation of a Smoke Management Protocol in NSW

In 2016, the NSW Clean Air Strategy was drafted. This strategy identified the need for NSW state government agencies and research organisations to collaborate further to improve air quality and reduce population exposure in metropolitan and regional communities NSW. It resulted in the formation of the NSW Government Hazard Reduction Burn Smoke Steering Committee in addition to a communications and risk assessment working groups – risk and communications. The committees comprise representatives from Fire and Land Management Agencies, Air Quality, Health and Environmental Regulators.

The working groups were tasked with drafting protocols for interagency communication, assessment of risk and external communication triggers. Smoke modelling is a key component of the protocol, contributing to air quality forecasting and subsequent escalation of communication triggers. In early 2018, drafts of interagency protocols were finalised for a pilot period during the autumn hazard reduction burning period. The aims of the trial was to test the protocols, their proposed workflow and determine whether they facilitate better outcomes for the NSW communities.

This presentation is to focus on the evaluation of the hazard reduction burn smoke management protocol and the smoke modelling and air quality forecasting that underpins the protocols. It will detail the results of a number of case studies from hazard reduction burns in the Hornsby, Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury areas relating to the implementation of the protocol. It highlights the potential benefits to the people of NSW in addition to areas for improvement and gaps in the smoke modelling and air quality forecasting research.

Laurence McCoy, Senior Fire Behaviour Analyst, NSW Rural Fire Service

12:30pm- 1:00pm

Diversity more than the eye can see – Challenging how we look at diversity

Diversity and how organisations become more inclusive has become a key focus across the Emergency Management Sector (EMS). However, this is a complex and at times difficult task. One of the key challenges is that the conversation surrounding this is not a single conversation, but multiple conversations that need to come together to create the holistic overview needed to support transformational change in organisations and the sector as a whole.

Recent research undertaken by the BNHCRC has shown that most organisations in the EMS understand diversity primarily as being about men and women. There were also indications that minority groups in firefighting services face specific challenges due to the entrenched historical and hierarchical nature of these particular organisations. This is further complicated by the different context of paid and unpaid members of these organisations, the communities they work within and where they are situated (urban, rural or remote) (Young et al. 2018).

This session will help participants redefine diversity, to see diversity as an asset and the importance of valuing our people by valuing the diverse skills, knowledge and experience they bring. We will frame a discussion on how diversity brings capability through diverse perspectives and enables greater community connection and understanding of community needs.

Janine Taylor, Acting Director, Community Capability And Volunteerism,Operations Analyst, Queensland Fire And Emergency Services

Steve O’ Malley, Fairness and Inclusion Officer, Metropolitan Fire and Emergency Services Board, Melbourne

Celeste Young, Collaborative Research Fellow, Victoria University

1:50pm –  2:10pm

Understanding how people directly affected respond to a bushfire disaster

This presentation offers an understanding of resident involvement in the 2013 Forcett, Tasmania bushfire disaster. The grounded theory approach, adopted by the researcher, constructed a theory grounded in the data that was collected from the research participants. ‘Navigating Uncertainty’ outlines the processes of surviving a bushfire disaster. In the first phase titled ‘losing the familiar’, community members’ main concern was the bushfire. Many felt overwhelmed by the unpredictability of the fire behaviour, which threatened life and largely diminished a context that was familiar, routine and safe. Safeguarding self, family, and others was a priority. In the second phase titled ‘restoring the familiar’, community members’ main concern was the disaster, the unfamiliar milieu, silence and devastation. To resolve this concern community members directed their efforts on the restoration of everyday life. Normality offered a level of certainty or stability and safety. The final phase titled ‘living with change’, involved reflecting on the overall event and its consequences to attach and construct one’s own interpretation. The position or stance community members adopted influenced how they adapted to change, and/or, moved forward.


Fiona Jennings, Social worker, Bairnsdale Regional Health Service

2:10pm- 2:30pm

Call that an extreme event? An easier, more accurate way to talk about the probability of extreme events

After heavy rainfall events, you may have heard news reports saying things like:
 “Train commuters hit with cancellations as ‘one-in-100-year’ storm clean-up continues”
“Severe weather warnings issued as a once in 50-year storm barrels towards the nations southeast”
But how big are these events and how often do they occur?

There have been some changes in the probability terminology used to describe extreme events to ensure that everyone is clear about what the terminology means. The old terminology using Average Recurrence Interval (ARI), such as in ‘1-in-100-year’, is now discouraged as it suggests an elapsed time between each event. This presentation will cover the linkages between the key Bureau services and the emergency services sector, particularly around the importance of clear communication of probability for rainfall events in guiding emergency management preparedness and response.


Catherine Jolly, Hydrologist, Bureau of Meteorology

2:30pm – 2:50pm

A Revolutionary Change in Respiratory Protection

CleanSpace Ultra – The lightweight, comfortable respirator that protects first responders from airborne contaminants. Established in 2009, CleanSpace Technology designs and builds respiratory equipment that is wearable and easy to use. Maria Fox will present the CleanSpace Ultra, a powered air purifying respirator (PAPR) designed to provide high protection for first responders. Unlike conventional PAPRs CleanSpace Ultra is lightweight, has no belts or waist-mounted battery packs and is easy and fast to deploy. CleanSpace Ultra fits with PPE and is water tolerant. IP Rated 66 and Australian standard AS/NZS 1716.

Maria Fox, National Technical Sales Manager Asia Pacific, CleanSpace Technology.