We live in a world where change is the new normal. On a daily basis we are being asked to learn and adapt to new developments across the emergency management sector.
New science and research demonstrates improved ways of working. Reviews and inquiries influence sweeping change and our organisations are under increasing political and economic pressure.

Advances in innovation and technology mean that change is more prolific than ever, with each idea promising to deliver in better ways.

The environments in which we operate – the natural, built and political – are changing, and we need to be able to adapt and respond to these changes.

So how do we navigate this complex world? What is the future for emergency management and how can we better predict, navigate, manage and lead through change?

At AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ, researchers, practitioners and leaders from Australia and around the world will gather in Perth to discuss how we can all thrive in an ever-changing and complex environment.

With a program of over 130 presentations over three days, delegates will learn about cutting-edge emergency management and natural hazards research, listen to internationally respected keynote speakers and take part in lively and interactive forums.

In addition to the five-stream program, AFAC18 delegates will be able to access the inaugural Australian Disaster Resilience Conference, hosted by the Australian Institute for Disaster Resilience.

To be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre from the 5-8 September 2018, the speakers include local and internationally renowned emergency management professionals. The line-up of keynote speakers includes:
Dr Neil Burrows, Senior Principal Research Scientist, Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, Western Australia. Dr Burrows is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Western Australia and a lead end user with the Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC.
Craig Fugate (US), Senior Advisor at The Cadmus Group and former Administrator, US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Mr Fugate served with FEMA from 2008 to 2017 and led the agency through numerous major disasters and emergencies.
Mark Crosweller AFSM, First Assistant Secretary, National Resilience Taskforce, Department of Home Affairs. Mr Crosweller leads the taskforce responsible for developing a five-year national disaster mitigation framework to reduce the impact of disasters.
Prof Dana Born (USA), Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Co-Director of the Centre for Public Leadership. Dr Born is a former Brigadier of the US Air Force with 30 years of service and an expert in public leadership.
Colonel Mike Mullane (US) is a former astronaut who completed three space missions aboard Discovery and Atlantis and a professional speaker on teamwork, leadership and safety.

AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ is Australasia’s premier annual emergency management conference and exhibition. It has evolved greatly, with hundreds of national and international manufacturers, suppliers and distributors showcasing a diverse range of products, services and solutions.

Returning to Perth, Western Australia for the first time in 6 years, AFAC18 will be the largest WA iteration of the event, tailored to attract attendees from the fire, emergency, rescue, first responder, public safety, defence, industrial, hazardous, offshore and mining safety sectors.

The AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ Exhibition will occupy over 9000sqms of internal exhibition and live demonstration floorspace, extending from pavilions 1 to 4 of the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.

At the time of writing 150 exhibiting companies have confirmed their participation, of which there are 30 International exhibitors representing 12 countries – UK, Finland, Germany, France, Spain, Canada, US, Pakistan, China, Singapore, Thailand and New Zealand.

The live demonstration program has proven to be a valued introduction to the event and has continued to gain momentum over the past two years, enabling the exhibiting companies to demonstrate the latest technology and equipment being showcased in action. Such as ARRO extrication demonstrations from a roadside accident scene; an explosion proof robot; portable aerosol generator extinguishing flames underwater, plus many more.

The AFAC18 exhibition also delivers an extensive program of end-user focussed education sessions, with this year’s program covering a range of topics in the following categories: Equipment; PPE; Vehicle Technology & Safety; Respiratory; Training; Standards; Communications.

These sessions will commence from Wednesday 5 September when the AFAC18 Exhibition officially opens at 1.00pm, continuing through to Thursday 6 September and Friday 7 September when the AFAC18 exhibition concludes. A detailed program will be able to be reviewed on the AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ website closer to the event.

Free exhibition passes will be available at from the 28 June 2018.

What’s being showcased at AFAC18 powered by INTERSCHUTZ?

  • Aerial Solutions
  • Drone Technology
  • Leading Education Providers
  • Virtual Reality Training Solutions
  • Helicopter Simulator
  • Truck Simulators
  • Emergency Response Vehicles
  • Water Rescue
  • All-Terrain Vehicles
  • Confined Space Rescue
  • Explosion Proof Robotics
  • Personal Protection Equipment
  • Communication Technologies
  • Extrication Equipment
  • Heavy Lifting Equipment
  • High Rope and Rock Rescue
  • Industrial Spill Absorbent Solutions
  • Diesel Pumps
  • Diesel Motors
  • Rural Fire Solutions
  • Urban Fire Solutions
  • Airport Fire Solutions
  • Police PPE & Equipment
  • Defence PPE
  • Emergency Structure Solutions
  • Ambulance Equipment
  • Road Side Emergency Scene Solutions
  • Wildfire Solutions
  • Forest Technology Systems
  • Respiratory apparatus
  • Detection Systems
  • Plus much more!

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