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Message from the Chief Executive Officer/Chief Officer

  | Steve Warrington AFSM, Chief Executive Officer/Chief Officer Views: 1817

I wanted to draw your attention to the AFAC19 conference which is being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 27 – 30 August, and encourage all of you to consider attending in any capacity you can.

Message from the Chief Executive Officer/Chief Officer

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AFAC19 will be Australasia’s largest and most comprehensive emergency management conference and exhibition. It has been six years since this event has been staged in Victoria and CFA is proud to be one of the host agencies.

Specifically tailored for frontline operational personnel, there will be an Expo Stage that will feature more than 30 presentation sessions across the three days. Topics will range from mental health and wellbeing to community engagement, resilience and emergency preparedness.

AFAC has provided an opportunity for CFA members to attend the exhibition area free of charge and you can register here to attend at a time of your choosing. The offer also includes a $15 lunch voucher. I’d encourage as many of our volunteers and staff to take advantage of this special event. 

The exhibition space is one of the key features of AFAC19. It will feature almost 200 world-class exhibitors covering topics such as breathing apparatus and PPE, communications, software and technology, trucks and equipment, fire suppression, first aid and medical solutions, and search and rescue equipment.

There will also be a live demonstration zone that includes crash scene extrications, training systems, simulations, new technologies, and best practices. Keep an eye on the demonstration schedule across the three days as this will be regularly updated.

CFA will be highlighting many of the programs many of the programs we’re involved in. In particular, I’d urge you to support the Scoresby CFA as it showcases its hose layer, which is the only one of its kind in the country. The large diameter hose plays an important role in extinguishing hard-to-reach fires, and can move 5000L of water a minute.

As a partner at the EMV Stand, CFA will feature Virtual Reality with a showcase on the software and developments happening in that space.

CFA people will also be presenting on a number of topics across the conference including:

- ACO Rohan Luke, Georgia Thacker and Emma Cort presenting on our Fit For Duty pilot titled ‘Ensure the Safety of CFA Members and Increase Access to Health Services for our Members’.

- CFA’s Mark Gunning and Jo Beard will detail how Incident Management Teams can adapt and bring diverse agencies together to achieve community outcomes to mitigate consequences of emergencies based on their experiences of the 2018 St Patrick’s Day fires and subsequent peat swamp fires.

- Niki Habibis, the Build Capacity and Capability Coordinator for the Safer Together Project, is presenting on empowering communities, focusing on strengthening agency capability in community-centred engagement.

- Angela Cook, Senior Engagement Advisor Program Inclusiveness in Community Safety, will outline a project developed in collaboration with the Nhill Learning Centre, the Nhill Karen Community film project, which engaged with local residents originally from Myanmar to empower them to understand fire safety within their own culture through the tailoring of CFA messaging and fire education using local communication methods.

At the conclusion of AFAC19 I will be part of a panel A Changing World, 10 Years on from Black Saturday.

The AFAC event is a unique opportunity to see our strategic goals of delivering programs and services that make a difference and putting the community at the centre of everything we do in action and take pride in the work which your colleagues are doing to keep Victorians safe.

Looking forward to seeing many of our people there.