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AFAC Annual Reports : 2010 Annual Report
Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council | 1 Annual Report 2010 Highlights The Interim Report of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission was handed down in August 2009 with key recommendations that have implications for all fire and emergency agencies around Australia. Highlights for the reporting year included: • AFAC brokered the work on the National Fire Danger Ratings System and community warnings which led to the adoption of common terms, trigger points and common messages for information and warnings to the community. • A new national phrase, “Prepare. Act. Survive.” adopted by AFAC members, the ﬁrst time a consistent message has been agreed by all ﬁre agencies across Australia. • Extensive participation by members in the development of the performance standard for the Design and Construction of Private Bushﬁre Shelters, now published by the Australian Buildings Codes Board standard. • Inaugural Executive Command Forum conducted in Canberra in September 2009. • AFAC adopted a national position on climate change – recognising that climate change will affect emergency services signiﬁcantly due to an increased scale, intensity and frequency of natural emergency events. • Three year extension of the Bushﬁre CRC granted. This new research program will add to the body of knowledge created from the ﬁrst seven years of the CRC. • AFAC sponsored the development of a three year business case proposal to support and strengthen emergency preparedness and response within Paciﬁc Island countries. • The 2009 annual AFAC/Bushﬁre CRC Conference held on the Gold Coast, was again a highlight of the year, bringing together staff and volunteers from member agencies across Australia to gain new knowledge and understanding and participate in networking opportunities. • AFAC entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Bulk Tanker Association to promote public safety and effective incident management. Laurie Lavelle Award Ms Julie Harris, Community Ageing Strategist at the Metropolitan Fire & Emergency Services Board (MFB), was the recipient of the 2009 AFAC Laurie Lavelle Award. The award was made in recognition of Julie’s pivotal role in the design and development of programs and projects that address the ﬁre safety needs of our ageing community and people with a disability, in a strategic and sustainable manner. As an AFAC representative, she was instrumental in developing three strategies that were designed and developed in consultation with numerous external agencies on a national level. Julie has also been instrumental in the development of the ﬁre safety elements which have been embedded into the training packages. While the qualiﬁcations relating to age and disability were the original target of this project, an opportunity was identiﬁed to include a broader number of qualiﬁcations across a range of disciplines including, children and youth services, mental health, social housing, alcohol and other drugs work, community work and community development. This outcome ensures ﬁre safety information will reach vulnerable people living in the community, via the community sector workers, who provide services and support to them. Julie has worked tirelessly to promote the ﬁre safety message through her representation for AFAC, and in her role as Community Ageing Strategist at the MFB. The Laurie Lavelle Award was presented to Julie at the 2009 AFAC/Bushﬁre CRC Conference held on the Gold Coast.
2011 Annual Report