In early September the emergency management community will come together at AFAC17 powered by INTERSCHUTZ to share the latest research, learnings and practice in emergency management.
AFAC17 powered by INTERSCHUTZ will bring leading experts in a range of fields to Sydney from the 4–7 September 2017 for the premier emergency management conference and exhibition in Australasia. The conference opens with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC Research Forum where the latest science will be on show for the sector.
Centred around the theme Collaborating for Success – Improving performance in emergency management, the conference program features over 100 speakers providing a wide range of critical insights from their areas of expertise.
Twenty keynote and invited speakers will join selected presenters in considering some of the key challenges for emergency management today. Over three days and across multiple streams, speakers will explore a number of topics including: collaboration and performance, using data to drive performance, research utilisation and innovation, strengthening organisations, public value, and the value of mitigation and disaster resilience.
AFAC17 keynote speakers
Research Forum (4 September):
- Prof Ed Galea, University of Greenwich (UK)
- Ann Bostrom, University of Washington, (USA)
- Prof Shane Cronin, The Resilience to Nature’s Challenges, National Science Centre (NZ).
AFAC Conference (5 – 6 September):
- Bart van Leeuwen, Big data expert, owner netage.nl (NL), on how leveraging off big data can improve community and first responder safety
- Graeme Head, NSW Public Service Commissioner, on collaborating for success
- Kristen Hilton, Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner, on diversity and inclusion within fire and emergency services
- Steve Vamos, Non-executive Director Telstra, Former CEO Microsoft Australia and New Zealand, on how to drive creativity and innovation in a world of disruption.
As well as sharing learnings, AFAC17 is the place to catch up with old colleagues and friends and meet new ones with a number of networking opportunities available, including the Delegate Welcome Drinks and the AFAC Gala Dinner.
Closing the week of conference activities, the Professional Development Program will extend the learnings by offering engaging field trips and workshops led by industry professionals.
To download the conference program visit: www.afacconference.com.au
AFAC17 powered by INTERSCHUTZ Exhibition
AFAC17 powered by INTERSCHUTZ – Australasia’s premier annual emergency management conference and exhibition – has grown for the second year straight and is on track to be even larger than last year’s Brisbane event.
The AFAC17 Exhibition will occupy over 9000sqm’s of internal exhibition floor space in Halls 6 and 7 at the new International Convention Centre (ICC) in Darling Harbour, Sydney. Located directly adjacent to the exhibition is an additional 5000sqms of open air external deck area, which will provide a dynamic experience for the attendees.
At the time of writing, 160 organisations have signed up to exhibit at AFAC17. A vast array of local and international companies will ensure that there is something for everyone who requires fire, emergency and rescue, first responder and public safety sector products and services.
Of the 160 plus AFAC17 exhibitors to date, there are 29 international companies representing 12 countries: USA, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Italy, Spain, China, Thailand, Singapore and New Zealand. Attendees will be able to speak face-to-face with manufacturers and suppliers who can provide, source or design and develop the specialised vehicles, equipment, PPE, training, technology, rescue equipment, software, drones and aerial support to assist in the preservation of human life, property and even livestock in major environmental disasters.
AFAC17 continues to provide the ideal platform for the emergency management sector to understand and explore how interoperability across services delivers outcomes to our communities. The AFAC conference and exhibition aims to expand and incorporate the broadest possible range of industries that support first responders and those in public safety, including;
- Emergency and rescue services
- Water rescue
- Australian Border Force
- Defence (Airforce, Navy, Army, DoD)
- Life saver/rescue helicopters/Care flight/Lifesaving, etc.
- Government and supporting agencies
The exhibition showfloor will also offer a comprehensive program of educational presentations to be delivered on the Expo Stage Theatre. The Expo Stage Theatre program is aimed at operational, frontline staff and runs on Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 September. Among the highlights is a presentation from recently retired London Fire Commissioner, Ron Dobson; CBE QFSM, FIFireE, sponsored by BABCOCK.
The open air outdoor deck area program is in development and will provide some great demonstrations ranging from rescue and extrication from road crashes, through to removing the danger firefighter’s face when solar panels are present and the constant threat of DC electrical shock.
Understanding data to enhance performance
How will using data drive the performance of emergency management organisations into the future?
Grasping the opportunities provided by data – whether ‘big data’, ‘small data’, or ‘smart data’ – is complex. For fire and emergency services, government departments and others in emergency management, the ability to capture, analyse, interpret and make decisions informed by data is imperative to their success.
AFAC17 will bring some of the leading data experts together to share their insights, experiences and ideas about how we can move forward in our use of data. Among the keynote speakers is Bart van Leeuwen, a senior firefighter and ‘big data’ expert from the Netherlands.
Using data can help inform decision making in emergency management whether it’s in response, policy change, new objectives, driving efficiencies, or budget allocation. Bart will share how leveraging big data can ensure firefighters and communities are safer from fire.
For more information, go to www.afacconference.com.au