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AFAC Annual Reports : 2010 Annual Report
10 | Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council Annual Report 2010 • Changes to Bulk Tanker Hazardous Materials Labeling – AFAC supported a submission by Caltex Australia to the Competent Authorities Panel for changes to the way that bulk tankers containing ethanol/petrol mixtures are labeled. The change should allow for a more safe and effective response to emergencies involving these fuels as they require specialist handling. • Breathing Apparatus (BA) Standards – negotiations commenced with Standards Australia to amend AS/ NZS 1716:2003 to incorporate relevant aspects of the EU Standard (EN 136:1998) for BA. This amendment will address a compliance anomaly with BA face mask that is in use within various agencies. AFAC has also developed a draft BA speciﬁcation which has been released for consultation and will be ﬁnalised during 2010/11. • International Standards Organisation (ISO): Wildland Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – AFAC led the development of the draft ISO 16073 for Wildland PPE. The ISO PPE Working Group Chaired by AFAC Manager Standards, has facilitated the advancement of the draft to its release for ﬁnal ballot. If supported, this draft will be published as an ofﬁcial International Standard. • Mannequin Testing for Fireﬁghters Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – AFAC has taken a lead role, in conjunction with the UK, on the project to develop criteria, including speciﬁcation for a two piece garment, which will be utilised for the manufacture of 50 sets of PPE which will be tested on eight different mannequins in a round-robin trial. The purpose of carrying out the round-robin testing is to determine the inconsistencies that may or may not exist between test houses. • Representation: AFAC represents its members interests on a range of national and international committees, boards and forums, These include: - Emergency Management Working Group of the Productivity Commission - Government Skills Australia - Australian Institute of Police Management - Australian Emergency Management Volunteer Forum - National Spatial Information Management Committee - Standards Australia - International Standards Organisations - Collaborative Purchasing Forums The role, needs and capabilities of AFAC members are widely recognised: • Multi-agency Interoperability Seminar (pictured on previous page) – United Kingdom: Deputy President Greg Mullins and Jill Edwards AFAC Manager Strategy, represented AFAC at the Multi-agency Interoperability Seminar held in London during February 2010. Incorporated into the visit were meetings with key emergency management agencies, including: - Department of Communities and Local Government (central agency for administering ﬁre services) - London Ambulance Service (Hazardous Area Response Team) - UK Cabinet Ofﬁce – Civil Contingencies - London Resilience Team - National Policing Improvement Agency The visit raised awareness of the opportunities for collaboration and information sharing, with a high degree of synergy between the issues that AFAC agencies are experiencing and those of counterparts in the UK. During the visit the matters of AFAC’s national approach to community warnings, the Knowledge Web, AIIMS and Interoperability programs were explored, along with the UK’s approach to developing the decision-making skills of operational commanders. • Interschutz Expo (pictured right) – Thirty representatives from AFAC member agencies attended Interschutz, the world’s largest ﬁre and emergency services exhibition. Held every ﬁve years the expo covered an area of some 90,000 square metres with 1,350 exhibitors from 46 nations showcasing their products. The expo was held in Leipzig in Germany and was attended by 125,000 delegates over six days. • Spontaneous Volunteers Project – AFAC participated on a reference group to develop a framework for the management of spontaneous volunteers. The Australian Red Cross under the governance of the federal Attorney- General’s department developed the framework. • AFAC Fleet Forum – extensive national and international engagement with all the major truck and vehicle manufacturers occurred during the year with the intent of creating a mutual understanding of what the ﬁre and emergency services would like and what can actually be achieved. Ongoing interaction with the vehicle manufacturing industry will assist in the standardisation of features on vehicles and will lead to tailoring of products to meet the speciﬁc requirements of ﬁre and emergency services. Goal 1 continued... Measures of our success: Australasian and international policies, standards, regulations, codes and guidelines reflect the collective views of AFAC member agencies: continued...
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