On Monday 16 April, AFAC & Bushfire CRC officially launched the annual conference at Rydges Hotel in Melbourne.
The launch, attended by AFAC member agencies, Bushfire CRC researchers and staff, and industry sponsors, was an opportunity to launch the conference and to highlight the conference program, which addresses key issues facing our sector and contributes to a knowledge sharing and learning culture within fire, land management and emergency service agencies, and across the broader industry.
Fire and Emergency Services Authority of WA (FESA) CEO and Chair of the Conference Steering Committee Wayne Gregson, (pictured with Murray Carter, WA Department of Environment and Conservation) said FESA is delighted to be hosting the AFAC and Bushfire CRC conference this year.
“Our planning is well advanced and anticipation is mounting for the event which offers a comprehensive range of activities to make the trip out west very worthwhile.
“We look forward to welcoming all guests and delegates to our beautiful city on the Swan River, for what I am sure will be an enjoyable, thought provoking and professionally rewarding experience,” he said.
Presentations for the two day Conference and Research Forum have been organised across four streams. With more than 90 sessions on offer, the program will have appeal across a diverse range of disciplines covering the full emergency management spectrum.
“The Research Forum will focus on the latest research from leading researchers and how it is implemented into policy and practice,” Mr Gary Morgan, (left) CEO of the Bushfire CRC and host for the evening said.
Eight Professional Development events will be held on the final day (Friday 31 August) across a range of topics.
Rounding out the week’s activities, delegates can select from four field trips showcasing the diversity of Western Australia.
More than 90 suppliers to the emergency management industry will showcase their products and services at the largest trade expo of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
This annual event is recognised world-wide as a major emergency management, all hazards conference attracting international senior practitioners, industry experts, researchers and key emergency management personnel from across Australia and the region.
Key activities include:
· One day, all hazards, Research Forum: 28 August
· Two day Conference: 29-30 August
· Gala Dinner: 29 August
· Eight Professional Development Events: 31 August
· Four field trips: commencing Monday 27 August
Remember – Early Bird registrations close 26 June 2012. Registrants are encouraged to book accommodation early to avoid disappointment.