Top End Conference on Show
More than 900 fire and emergency services personnel attended the annual Bushfire CRC and AFAC conference this year in Darwin from around Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Region.
Over the three days of the conference, delegates heard from expert speakers and researchers from around the world on topics as diverse as; the mental effects of trauma in emergency services, fire and carbon sequestration, cyclone threat, planning and forecasting and wildfires.
The conference, now in its eleventh year was also a great opportunity to view and learn about the latest technology and equipment, with more than 100 exhibitors making the trip to Darwin to showcase their products and services.
New for the conference this year was the opportunity to meet the key speakers after their presentations in the Draeger lounge through the ‘Meet the Speakers’ program and also spend one-on- one time with published researchers through the ‘Research Wrap’ program, also hosted in the Draeger lounge. Both very popular and well supported activities during the conference.
Darwin turned on wonderful weather and the two year old conference facility, built on the waterfront, proved to be an excellent site. The conference dinner held at the Darwin Turf Club catered well for the large numbers and the opening ceremony and Awards presentation were well attended. Very positive feedback was received during the conference with many delegates also attending the workshops on Wednesday afternoon.
For those not able to attend, speaker presentations were posted on the conference site in real time and a highlights package from the previous day was uploaded each morning allowing people to “follow along” with the conference on the web.
For more information, photos, speaker presentations and conference feedback please go to http://knowedgeweb.afac.com.au.
A full Conference 2010 wrap-up will be published in the next edition of ‘Fire Australia’.