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AFAC Annual Reports : 2010 Annual Report
Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council | 3 Annual Report 2010 Naomi Brown, CEO AFAC From the CEO This year has been a demanding one for AFAC with the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission continuing to create a large volume of work for AFAC staff and member agencies, who have put in significant efforts in responding to the interim recommendations of the Commission. AFAC participated in the Standards Committee for Construction of Buildings in Bushﬁre Prone Areas, responding to the recommendations of the second interim report of the Royal Commission. Amendments were drafted and released for comment and voting in June 2010. There was also extensive participation by members in the development of the performance standard for the design and construction of private bushﬁre shelters. The Australian Buildings Codes Board has ﬁnalised and published the standard. Many AFAC representatives from member agencies participate on Standards committees, as do AFAC staff, and these representatives make a huge commitment to this work and I would like to thank them for their efforts on behalf of AFAC members. The Collaborative Purchasing Initiative continues to reap beneﬁts for member agencies. During the past year major contracts for breathing apparatus and hydraulic road crash rescue equipment have been accessed by other members, saving signiﬁcant sums of money for those who made use of them. Implementation of the AFAC Knowledge Management Strategy has continued with the development of a guide, in partnership with the Bushﬁre CRC, for the development and conduct of a broad range of knowledge events to support information sharing and professional development. A program of events was developed with member agencies participating in these opportunities. The research adoption program for the Bushﬁre CRC has continued with the knowledge gained through the research program being used to inform the work of AFAC. A number of AFAC Groups have been actively working to utilise the research ﬁndings to inform agency practices. AFAC has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Bulk Tanker Association with the aim to promote public safety and effective incident management between the dangerous goods transport industry and AFAC members. AFAC has also continued to partner with other organisations, including with the Fire Protection Association Australia for the publication of Fire Australia magazine and planning for the delivery of joint professional development events. This year has also seen the completion of the Learning and Development Strategy 2002. This signiﬁcant piece of work has had great beneﬁt for our industry and I would like to thank those involved, in particular the Learning and Development Group, for their huge contribution to this work. All the staff at the AFAC ofﬁce have continued their excellent efforts in delivering a wide range of information, collaboration and product development services to the members of AFAC. I thank each and every one of them for their unstinting efforts. Group members have also worked hard to share information and collaborate on projects of national importance and I thank them all for their efforts. It is through this approach to our work that we as an industry are strengthened.
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