The 27th annual AFAC conference, taking place 23–26 August at Adelaide Convention Centre, will convene the world’s top experts on emergency management and resilience.
AFAC22 Conference and Exhibition powered by INTERSCHUTZ incorporates ADRC22 & IFE22, delivering a stellar line-up of speakers presenting innovative ideas, new perspectives and inspiring practices. The exhibition occupies over 12,000m2 of gross exhibition space with close to 200 exhibition companies. Australasia’s premier emergency management conference and exhibition is back in person for the first time since 2019.
The AFAC22 conference theme is ‘Connecting Communities. Creating Resilience’ and over four days, more than 90 presenters will cover an array of related topics such as Reducing risk to communities, Culture and Inclusion, Forecasting and Monitoring, Innovation and Technology, Mental Health and Resilience and many more.
AFAC22 will begin with the popular Research Day, with a focus on implementation and practical application for fire, emergency and land management agencies. Keynote speakers on the Research Day include Professor Raina MacIntyre, Head, Biosecurity Program and Professor of Global Biosecurity at the Kirby Institute, and NHMRC Principal Research Fellow; and Dr Robert Glasser, Head of the Climate and Security Policy Centre at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Expect cutting-edge conversations on prediction and risk; mental health and resilience; innovation and technology; and risk reduction.
Days Two and Three of the AFAC22 conference will commence with an impressive line-up of keynote speakers including Dr Gill Hicks AM MBE, Dr Niki Vincent, Jim Pauley, Lucas Patchett OAM and Nic Marchesi OAM, who will share leading thinking and stories of inspiring action with delegates.
A Professional Development Program on day four will close out the AFAC conference.
AFAC is committed to fostering an inclusive culture, valuing diversity and ensuring a safe and respectful workplace. AFAC encourages you all to commit to this and to call out any language or behaviour that undermines our approach.
Incorporated to the four streams of the AFAC22 conference program, visitors can access two more conferences and three streams on site: the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference (ADRC) and the Institution of Fire Engineers (Australia) National Conference (IFE).
In 2022, the ADRC22 will focus on Resilience in a riskier world – adapting and transforming for the future. The Australian Disaster Resilience Conference is the nation’s premier event focused on contemporary disaster resilience practice and research. The conference brings together a diverse and passionate crowd from a range of sectors to share knowledge and build connections for a disaster resilient Australia.
The IFE22 Conference focuses on major fire incidents involving cladding and the ongoing repercussions. Running across four days IFE22 includes an offsite visit to the MFS Training Centre in Angle Park designed for fire-safety engineers and other fire-safety professionals, two days of keynote speakers and a Professional Development Program (PDP) day. The PDP day will focus on the emerging risks and challenges of lithium-ion battery fires in Australia, the USA and the UK. Speakers include representatives from SAMFS, QFES, CFA, ABCB, CSIRO, UL, SolarEdge and DCCH Experts LLP.
Incorporated to the conference, the AFAC22 trade exhibition will feature the most comprehensive range of emergency management related exhibiting organisations from all over the world. On show will be the latest and most exciting tools and technologies designed for the advancement of the industry.
The exhibition space will include a number of zones designed to accommodate opportunities to view, experience and connect including the Demonstration Zone, Expo Stage and Knowledge Centre. A showcase of these exhibitors can be found later within this edition of APF.
‘AFAC22 is an opportunity for our sector to come together to share lessons learnt, best practice and new insights. This year will be the first time we’ve gathered like this since 2019 and we aim to make up for lost time. I am looking forward to joining our host agencies, members, valued sponsors, and all delegates in Adelaide to understand our sector’s most critical challenges and work towards finding solutions. AFAC22 is where we lay the groundwork for safer, more resilient communities,’ said Rob Webb, CEO AFAC.
The conferences, networking & PDP
The emergency management sector is in a unique position to connect diverse communities. Through collaboration, engagement and partnerships, links are formed which bind us together. These links are enabled by technology and infrastructure that facilitate networks that are not limited by space, distance or time.
Through building connections, we are learning and working together to prepare for new challenges we face in a changing climate. We are sharing responsibility and are building resilience in ourselves, our workplaces, our communities and the systems that support us.
AFAC22 incorporating ADRC22 and IFE 22 will explore how an inclusive approach across emergency management agencies is integral to reducing risk and fostering resilience now and into the future.
One of the most anticipated attractions of AFAC22 is undeniably the opportunity to meet and reconnect with friends, peers, mentors and colleagues in person. In addition to interacting with fellow attendees during the conference and exhibition, don’t miss the always-popular AFAC networking and social gatherings:
- Day 1: Welcome, Awards & Networking Drinks: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
- Day 2: AFAC22 Gala Dinner: 7:00pm – 10:30pm
On day four of the AFAC22 conference, delegates can book themselves in for the AFAC22 Professional Development Program on 26 August. This includes practical workshops, forums and field trips for hands-on learning will provide delegates a complete conference experience.
For more details and to register your interest, go to afacconference.com.au
Speaking to the theme Connecting communities. Creating resilience, AFAC22 keynote keynotes will include Dr Gill Hicks, Artist, Published Author, Musician and Award-winning Director/Producer; Mr Jim Pauley, President and Chief Executive Officer, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA); Dr Robert Glasser, Head of the Climate and Security Policy Centre, Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI); and Lucas Patchett, OAM and Nicholas Marchesi, OAM, Co-founders of Orange Sky.
Dr Gill Hicks
Dr Hicks is a powerful and thought-provoking communicator, sharing her insights on life after death. Her vital work, particularly in countering violent extremism, became her focus after she was left severely and permanently injured from the actions of a suicide bomber in the co-ordinated attack on London’s transport network in July 2005. Prior to the bombings, Gill was a respected figure within the fields of Architecture and Design in London, where she lived for over 20 years. Gill has been recognised and awarded for her many contributions to the Arts, Health care and Peace Building.
Mr Jim Pauley
Jim Pauley is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), a global self-funded non-profit organisation devoted to eliminating death, injury, property and economic loss due to fire, electrical and related hazards. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Fire Protection Research Foundation, the research affiliate of NFPA.
Dr Robert Glasser
Robert Glasser is the Head of the Climate and Security Policy Centre at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI). He was previously the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of the United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR). He was a member of the Secretary General’s Senior Management Group and the Deputy Secretary General’s Climate Principals Group.
Dr Glasser has over 30 years of experience as a practitioner, advocate and policy-maker in the areas of climate change, sustainable development and disaster response.
Nicholas Marchesi, OAM and Lucas Patchett, OAM
The 2016 Young Australians of the Year, Nicholas and Lucas are the two mates, who at age 20 founded Orange Sky – a world-first, free mobile laundry and shower service supporting people experiencing homelessness or doing it tough. On a mission to improve hygiene standards, Nic and Lucas stumbled on something much bigger and more significant – the power of a conversation.
Orange Sky was founded in 2014. Seven years on, Orange Sky now operate 35 services across 25 locations across the country, with thousands of volunteers giving their time each week to help positively connect some of the 116,000 Australians experiencing homelessness.
Dr Niki Vincent
Commissioner for Gender Equality in the Public Sector, Victoria. Dr Niki Vincent was appointed as Victoria’s first Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner in September 2020. She is responsible for overseeing the implementation of the Gender Equality Act 2020 and plays a key leadership role in promoting gender equality in the Victorian community and workplaces.
Dr Vincent has a wealth of experience in gender equality and organisational leadership. This includes serving as the South Australian Commissioner for Equal Opportunity from 2016 to 2020. In addition, Niki is an active ambassador (and foster parent) for Time for Kids – a respite foster care organisation – and sits on the boards of InTouch Multicultural Centre Against Family Violence and the University of South Australia’s Centre for Workplace Excellence.
The AFAC22 powered by INTERSCHUTZ exhibition will occupy 12,000sq.m of gross exhibition space with close to 200 exhibiting companies already committed as of early June 2022.
Representing local and global brands, AFAC22 powered by INTERSCHUTZ exhibition halls will be a showcase of the latest innovative products, services, solutions and the future of emergency management innovation.
Complementing the conference program, the trade exhibition will feature the most comprehensive range of emergency management related; vehicle technology, equipment and tools, communication platforms, software, asset and real-time data management infrastructures, aerial services, GIS spatial and mapping, fire-detection systems, and so much more, technologies designed for the advancement of the industry.
The exhibition offers additional features like the AFAC EXPO STAGE, the AIDR Knowledge Centre and Live Demonstration activities designed to accommodate opportunities to view, experience and connect.
Keep watching the AFAC22 website to discover what will be happening in the Live Demonstration Zone.
The Expo Stage will offer FREE to ATTEND practical presentations covering topics in Vehicle Technology, Aerial Solutions, Geospatial and Mapping. Fire / Fire Detection and Prediction Technology, Emergency Management, First Responders, Communication / Data Management, and others from Tuesday to Thursday. These sessions will be case study based providing those at the frontline of emergency management with take-away information relevant to your every-day activities.
Here’s some examples.
- Innovation- Battery Extinguishing Systems for Battery Electric Vehicles.
- How innovative, commercially developed control measures can assist fatigue management in emergency services.
- Real time smoke impact analysis for decision makers- exploring optimal communication pathways
- Electromobility – Understanding the road to Zero Emissions
- Working together – How partnership is the new leadership towards a sustainable future
Keep watching the AFAC22 website for continued updates.
Not to be missed, and an integral feature within the exhibition, is the central hub of research findings, the AIDR Knowledge Centre, including the popular poster displays, and the place to meet other researchers and speakers in the adjacent ‘meet the speakers’ lounge.
Exhibition entry is FREE and an A$20 lunch voucher will be provided to registered attendees from the listed AFAC22 host agencies and is redeemable at the Fire Trail by Kablamo visitor café located in the exhibition halls.
- South Australian Metropolitan Fire Service
- South Australian Country Fire Service
- Forestry SA
- Government of South Australia: Department for Environment and Water
- Government of South Australia: South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission
- South Australian State Emergency Service
Exhibitor categories on display at AFAC22 powered by INTERSCHUTZ exhibition include:
- Aerial solutions
- Asset management
- Breathing air / compressors
- Breathing apparatus
- Cab chassis suppliers
- Cameras – body worn
- Cameras – infrared / thermal
- Confined space equipment
- Control room systems / software
- Cutting / extrication equipment
- Data management
- Decontamination solutions / equipment
- Deployable field infrastructures
- Diesel engines, drives, generators, and fume extraction
- Educating and training
- Emergency response tools
- Emergency vehicle suppliers
- Extraction systems
- Financial services
- Fire detection technology
- Fire truck suppliers
- Fire prediction technology
- Fire suppression and foam solutions
- First aid and medical
- Geospatial / mapping
- Hazardous solutions
- Health and wellbeing services
- High speed doors
- Hose systems / nozzles
- Hydraulic elevating platforms and aircraft rescue
- Immersive simulation training
- Industry health / wellbeing
- Lighting solutions
- Mitigation and hazard reduction
- Mobility solutions
- Night vision equipment
- Operational equipment
- PPE clothing / footwear / gloves / helmets
- PPE equipment
- Pre-Hospital Medical solutions
- Reflective solutions
- Refuelling services/ systems
- Robotics / autonomous equipment
- Satellite services
- Search and rescue
- Software and technology
- Station solutions
- Storage solutions
- Unmanned aerial systems
- Vehicle fabricators
- Vehicle technology
- Warning systems
- Water delivery systems / pumps
- Water rescue
- Water supply
- Water system pipes and valves
- Wildland firefighting equipment
- Working at heights and rope rescue
AFAC would like to thank our AFAC22 host agencies, without whom this event would not be possible: South Australia Department for Environment and Water, South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission, Forestry SA, South Australian Country Fire Service, Metropolitan Fire Service SA, and South Australian State Emergency Service.
Registrations are now open for AFAC22 powered by INTERSCHUTZ. Explore the full conference program and register your attendance on the conference website at www.afacconference.com.au