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Emergency services to learn key insights at AFAC conference Adelaide, Australia

Emergency services to learn key insights at AFAC conference Adelaide, Australia

More than 1000 delegates from Australia and New Zealand’s emergency services will meet next week in Adelaide (1-3 September) to discuss the latest in disaster-related research and experience.

With over 100 speakers on the program, the annual conference of the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC) and the Bushfire & Natural Hazards Cooperative Research Centre is the largest emergency management conference in the region. The three days feature key speakers from across emergency services, research organisations and industry. Speakers will cover topics such as: extreme fire weather; managing animals in disasters; what a major earthquake could look like in Adelaide; flood fatalities; disaster risk reduction; coping with Ebola; and fire management in Indigenous communities.

See the AFAC and Bushfire & Natural Hazards CRC media kit 2015 on the right hand side of www.bnhcrc.com.au for speaker highlights. The full program is available at the conference website.

Emergency management is rapidly evolving, said AFAC CEO Stuart Ellis.
“This conference will provide an opportunity to discuss and share new approaches in an all-hazard emergency management environment, and seek out innovative and engaging ways that we can partner with the community, business, all levels of government and researchers to foster and build disaster resilience,” said Mr Ellis. Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC CEO, Dr Richard Thornton, said the conference will show why science and innovation are more important now than ever.

“The science on show ensures that our emergency services and land managers have the highest quality research to underpin polices and plans. The conference highlights the biggest challenges in emergency management, and how we are finding new ways to use this knowledge every day to make our communities safer,” Dr Thornton said. Bushfire outlook for southern Australia.

What is the bushfire season going to look like? The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC bushfire outlook for the upcoming southern Australia bushfire season will be released on Tuesday as part of the conference.

If you follow the link below you will be able to access the full media kit, including speaker highlights. Keep in touch
You can follow the conference via Twitter using the hashtag #AFAC15, as well as @AFACnews and @BNHCRC

Note: The conference is being held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from 1-3 September.

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