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Where the emergency management sector innovates

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;

  • Fire
  • Emergency and rescue services
  • Police
  • Ambulance
  • SES
  • Water rescue
  • Coastguard
  • Australian Border Force
  • Counter-terrorism
  • 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

Exhibitor Showcase

Download AFAC17 Show Guide here.

ACIM Solutions is a niche Registered Training Organisation (41002) offering high quality, nationally accredited training to paid staff and volunteers

Babcock is a world leader in engineering and operational support to the emergency services sector. We believe in working in

NSW State Emergency Service (SES) is an emergency and rescue service dedicated to assisting the community. We are a volunteer-based

Capita has been a leading supplier of Public Safety and Emergency Service Control Room solutions for over 30 years both

Chubb Fire will be proudly attending the 2017 Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Annual Conference in Sydney,

For nearly a century Stedfast has been at the forefront of textile coating and lamination technologies. Stedfast is a world leader

ADA (Australian Defence Apparel) has been in business for more than 100 years. Time has indeed tested and honed us

ESKA Australia is proud to be again exhibiting at AFAC, the Australian showcase of products/services for the Fire and Emergency

Isuzu Australia Limited (IAL) is proud to display their innovative range of products at the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service

Fire & Rescue NSW (FRNSW) is the State Government agency responsible for the provision of fire, rescue and hazmat services

Fire Response will display a range of New and current Industry leading products on stands 472 – 473. Fire Fighting Foam

Since 1968 Firefighters Mutual Bank has provided key financial services and a level of service second to none to NSW

PBI fabrics are the first line of defence on the fire ground. They are renowned for their exceptional flame resistance

Global Fire Solutions is a family owned business established 17 years ago representing high quality apparatus from global leaders in

Scott Safety, is a premier manufacturer of innovative respiratory and personal protective equipment for firefighters, industrial workers, police, military and

The ACT Emergency Services Agency (ESA) is the ACT Government organisation charged with providing emergency management services to the Canberra

With over 100 years of design pioneering, Trellchem hasn’t slowed its pace when it comes to innovations in protective suits.

Solvay’s pioneering PROBAN® chemistry continues to evolve to match ever-changing fire protection needs of personal protective equipment manufacturers and end

JPI Australia is a trusted supplier with a proven track record in delivering professional and functional clothing solutions for emergency

Forestry Corporation of NSW is the largest manager of commercial native and plantation forests in NSW. We manage recreation, environmental

Gore’s revolutionary GORE® PARALLON™ System will be on show at AFAC this year along with the company’s range of high

Fraser Fire and Rescue has been producing high quality fire appliances for the Australia, New Zealand and Pacific region for

Founded in 2000, Pac Fire Australia has established a sound reputation as a dependable nationwide distributor of PPE/C, with a

When lives are on the line, Ferno is just as dedicated to protecting people and saving lives as you are.

FLIR is the world leader in the design & manufacture of Thermal Imaging cameras for applications such as firefighting, predictive

Reducing emergency response times via clear, concise and consistent automated dispatch alerts The Phoenix G2 Fire Station Alerting System, created by

As a leading manufacturer of firefighting equipment, TIPSA is committed to provide first class products to professionals who risk their

Workwear Group believes in being a trusted supply partner of quality workwear and PPC solutions. We are home to iconic

Since 1933, GAAM has established its reputation among the Australian firefighting industry as the manufacturer and supplier of firefighting pumps

Solberg, a member of the Amerex Group, is your one-stop resource for high performance, sustainable Class A and B firefighting

Centurion Fire and Rescue Equipment Pty Ltd is a family owned Australian Manufacturer specialised in supplying the Fire & Emergency

LHD Group Australia has catered to the Australian/NZ Emergency Services and Law Enforcement sectors for over a decade by providing

TenCate Protective Fabrics has been on the cutting edge of textile innovation since its founding. From the very beginning, our

RJ85 Large Air Tankers don’t put out fires. Crews on the fire ground put out fires. RJ85 Large Air Tankers

Mercedes-Benz will demonstrate its fire and rescue strength with a new Econic-based fire response vehicle. The company and a leading

Founded in 1957, Columbia Helicopters, Inc. owns and operates the largest heavy-lift fleet of tandem rotor helicopters in the world.

Harcor offer an impressive range of robust off-the-shelf emergency services products and custom solutions. This includes the design and manufacture

Challenges for the fire services have changed significantly over the past few years. Operations have become more complex, stressful and

Owen International is an Australian company providing representation in Australia and New Zealand for a number of overseas manufacturers. The

Established in 1914, MSA Safety Incorporated is the global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that

Task Force Tips (TFT) is a leading US supplier to the global fire and rescue markets that designs and manufactures

Recent legislation passed in Queensland has focused Industry on the removal and destruction of fluorinated AFFF fire fighting foam concentrates

Would you be ready for an emergency? A difficult question, with an even more complex answer. Especially when you realize

Cristanini has a very strong presence all around the world in the field of high pressure water technologies since 1972,

PVStop is the only product that makes solar systems safe for firefighters and emergency services personnel The problem Did you know that

Adashi Systems is a Baltimore, Maryland, USA based Software Company that is focused on delivering exceptional technology to emergency responders. Our

LifeTec are the exclusive distributor in Australia and New Zealand for the leading manufacturer of Rescue Training Dummies and Manikins

TEXPORT are Europe’s elite specialist manufacturer of firefighter clothing, setting new standards in innovation and design. Our innovation objectives are driven

Most people don’t know that Hatz Diesel supplies 80 per cent of the diesel engines in Australia’s fire fighter pumps

In recognition of the fact that CAF is not the “silver bullet” for all scenarios, but also in recognition of

Whelen Engineering is proud to introduce several new products at AFAC17 in Sydney, Australia in September 2017. Pioneer Summit™: The low-profile

Stand 384 Volvo Group understands that fire vehicles are the last line of defence and are a critical contributor to public

The NSW Office of Emergency Management provides leadership and coordination across the state’s emergency management sector, government and the community,

Grace Industries Inc. is pleased to announce two of its latest accomplishments in receiving AS/NZS 4268, CISPR22 RF Radio Certification

Emergency Services Health is a new not-for-profit private health insurer exclusively for employees, volunteers and family members of the emergency

Working with the community, the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) cares for and protects NSW’s environment and heritage, which

What makes Akron Brass the world’s most trusted brand of firefighting and emergency response equipment? Focused customer insight, advanced manufacturing

Too often firefighters cannot fight fires efficiently because of a lack of water. The open water source, such as creek,

Sasgar Fire & Rescue is the proud Agent representative office of Rosenbauer International AG. In addition to a 30-year working

Fire Rescue Safety Australia (FRSA) are professional equipment suppliers and service agents who provide expertise in equipment selection to assist

Safety Components’ patented Filament Twill Technology™ utilizes innovative spun yarn blends and unique weaves to take mobility and comfort to

The NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) is the lead combat agency for bushfires in NSW. For over 100 years

Industrial Decontamination Services Pty Ltd (IDS) offer a whole of life PPE and garments management services using our world leading

Established over 50 years ago, Kuipers Engineering is a flexible and dynamic manufacturer of specialised vehicle fleets including Fire, Police,

Bruck Textiles is an Australian owned company producing quality fabrics in Australia since 1946. We are Australia’s leading innovator in technical

Founded in 1923, Santanderina is a leading family-owned textile company with our own in-house production. We produce 23.1 million metres

Plastic panels are commonplace on most modern day commercial vehicles, however they have proved to be inadequate in situations of

Liquip Sales QLD has been building fire appliances since 1994 for a wide range of customers including fire agencies and

Narva is expanding its popular range of Aeromax L.E.D mini light boxes to include new red and blue variants specifically

When it comes to community safety there can be no compromise. Agility saves lives, and that’s why Motorola Solutions is

Phos-Chek brand products have a long history of use aiding in effective fire suppression and are recognized world-wide for the

Passionate about protecting individuals facing hazardous situations, Hainsworth Technology is a global leader in textile development and has supplied fabric

The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC is providing a long-term research base that directly supports fire, emergency service and land

Code 3® is the Australian market leader in emergency lighting and safety equipment. Code 3’s parent company the ECCO Safety

Pelican Products, Inc. is the global leader in the design and manufacture of both high-performance protective case solutions and advanced

ACT Parks and Conservation Service (ACT PCS) is the ACT Government’s national parks, nature conservation and land management agency. ACT

Kestrel Aviation has a strong partnership with Erickson Inc. to provide the leading capability for heavy lift firefighting currently available

Run by elected brigade volunteers, representing all 1,400 Queensland brigades. Based in the heart of rural Queensland, the RFBAQ is doing

We design, develop and manufacture the best possible laminated fabric according to your need, requirements or specifications. This will include

Stand 112 With more than 50 years of experience in specialised vehicle manufacture and facilities in all major Australian cities, Varley

Fujitsu is a leading provider of information and communication technology (ICT) services in the public safety sector. Fujitsu have a

Stand 306 PT Rescue is synonymous with Quality, Commitment, Service and Customer confidence. We are the Australian and New Zealand Distributors

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