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AFAC Annual Reports : 2010 Annual Report
Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council | 13 Annual Report 2010 • Review of Bushﬁre Warning Systems in Australia – support was provided to three Worchester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) students to complete a study into the implementation of the revised warnings arrangements within Australia. This study also included an evaluation of the approach taken to implement the interim recommendations from the 2009 Victorian Bushﬁre Royal Commission. • National Bulk Tanker Association - AFAC has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the National Bulk Tanker Association. The MoU is to promote public safety and effective incident management by facilitating exchange of information and harmonisation of standards between the dangerous goods transport industry and the ﬁre and emergency services. • A Guide to Mutual Aid and Resource Sharing – Led by South Australia, the AFAC Business Management Group developed an updated Guideline for Mutual Aid and the deployment of resources across borders during times of emergency. This guide clariﬁes administrative arrangements that should be incorporated within any MoU. • SES Interstate Deployment – State and Territory emergency services members developed a national MoU to apply where emergency service members are deployed interstate to assist their colleagues in times of crisis. By agreeing on one standard MoU, S/TESs have taken the opportunity to streamline the process and ensure consistency of approach across Australia. • Water Point Markers – AFAC adopted a national approach to the identiﬁcation of water supplies suitable for ﬁreﬁghting and how they are marked. To avoid confusion this national approach will support member agencies with their policies and codes of practice. • Fuel Container Colour Coding – AFAC members reached agreement on a colour coding system for fuel containers. Sustainable resources are used/available to support response interventions, tactics and activities • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) – An audit was completed of what PPE was being used and the Standard it complied with. During the audit an issue emerged in relation to the marking of hazardous chemical suits and highlighted the need for vigilance when it comes to compliance of PPE with the relevant Standard. • Collaborative Purchasing Opportunities – operating since May 2006, the Collaborative Purchasing Initiative continues to reap beneﬁts to member agencies. During 2009/10 major contracts awarded by Queensland Fire and Rescue Service for breathing apparatus and WA Fire and Emergency Services Authority (FESA) for hydraulic road crash rescue equipment, have been accessed by other members providing savings of tens of thousands of dollars for those that used them. AFAC member agencies have been granted access to 292 NSW contracts which cover a broad range of ﬁre and emergency services equipment. The contract is due for renewal and AFAC agencies have been given the opportunity to engage in a collaborative approach for its replacement, including participation in the speciﬁcations preparation and tender evaluation process.
2011 Annual Report