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AFAC Annual Reports : 2010 Annual Report
Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council | 11 Annual Report 2010 AFAC contributes to the sustainable development of fire safety and emergency response training and institutional capacity building in the Pacific: • AFAC sponsored the development of a three year business case proposal to support and strengthen emergency preparedness and response within Paciﬁc Island countries. Endorsed at the Paciﬁc Islands Fire Services Association (PIFSA) annual general meeting in 2009, the proposal was submitted to AusAID for funding consideration. • PIFSA Executive Forum – AFAC supported the conduct of the inaugural PIFSA Fire and Emergency Services Executive Forum held in Papua New Guinea from 21 to 25 June 2010. The forum was attended by senior ﬁre and emergency services personnel from PNG, Cook Islands, Samoa, the Kingdom of Tonga, Vanuatu, Nauru, Solomon Islands, New Zealand and Australia. • The theme of the Forum, ‘Proactive Partnership in Disaster Risk Management’ reﬂected the intentions of PIFSA and its membership to work closely with other stakeholders, including the respective National Disaster Management Ofﬁces and play a bigger role in mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery on an all hazards basis. The results of the Forum include: - The PIFSA Strategic Directions were updated - A strategy for the development of Mutual Aid Agreements (or similar) for country to country ﬁre and emergency services - A requirements speciﬁcation for the development of a public safety training framework for the paciﬁc islands - A framework for the development of a common community safety and structural ﬁre safety program - A preliminary strategy for the formal establishment of the PIFSA Secretariat - The PIFSA Capability and Capacity Development Model tested and reﬁned - Improved understanding of disaster risk reduction and funding models for paciﬁc islands. Fire and emergency management practices are environmentally sustainable • Climate Change and the Fire and Emergency Services Sector – in September 2009 AFAC adopted a position to establish an informed national approach to climate change and its impacts on ﬁre and emergency service organisations. The position recognises that climate change will affect the emergency services signiﬁcantly due to an increased scale, intensity and frequency of natural emergency events. As a result, AFAC and its member agencies need to manage their exposures and undertake a thorough review of physical and human resources to prepare. The exposure of the community to emergency events needs to be carefully managed and ﬁre and emergency services play an important role in mitigating this exposure.
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