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AFAC Annual Reports : 2011 Annual Report
Highlights Advocacy and Influence During the year AFAC on behalf of its member agencies engaged with Federal and State governments on a range of consultation activities. • submissions to three major State Government inquiries • more than 100 people from member agencies involved on Standards Committees, Review Committees, formal inquiries or otherwise engaged in consultation on industry matters • Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Australian Security Industry Association Ltd. Major projects with implications across the sector were also managed or competed during the year including: • project to promote the use of home fire sprinklers • concept and now funding from the Australian Government for work towards a national best practice guideline on prescribed burning • in conjunction with the National Bulk Tanker Association, a Training Resource Kit for responders AFAC will continue to pursue a program of influence, advice and where necessary and appropriate, lobbying functions on behalf of the sector. Effective and Consistent Approach to the Provision of Services AFAC staff and members through the AFAC Group structure, worked hard during the year on developing a nationally consistent approach to Command and Control professional development and accreditation. All Public Safety Units for IMT roles have been completed and endorsed nationally, including the safety advisor and safety officer roles and the information function. During the year a major project on Organisation Doctrine was completed in March. “Fundamentals of Doctrine: A Best Practice Guide”, is available to all member agencies through the web and from the AFAC Shop. Work also continued on the following major projects: • ANZ testing regime for products list for bushfire fire-fighting chemicals • development of Landscape Fire Performance Measures • scoping of a National Bushfire Fuel Classification System. Collective Experience and Knowledge Across the Sector is Captured and Shared One of the core strengths of AFAC is the Group structure where collaboration is second nature and AFAC is recognised and used as a conduit for gathering and disseminating industry knowledge. During the year: • 1,800 people participated in more than 42 knowledge sharing or professional development events • close on 1000 delegates attended the annual AFAC and Bushfire CRC conference in Darwin • around 200 people attended a professional development workshop or seminar at Darwin In addition: • 30 AFAC Groups or sub-groups met involving some 260 plus personnel • 68 members represented the interests of our sector on Standards Committees • significant investment to upgrading the AFAC Knowledge Web was completed. A Fire and Emergency Services Sector with Capability and Capacity A key performance requirement for any industry association is its ability to facilitate across the sector opportunities for learning, development, skills building and transportability of qualification and competency. The following significant learning and development projects were completed or significantly progressed during the year: • AFAC (Industry) Guideline to promote portability of qualifications and competencies – Workforce Management Group - Review of the Fire Qualifications - Moderation Instructional Kit – A draft Instructional Kit designed to facilitate a national approach to moderation of competence has been developed and is currently under pilot testing • retrospective longitudinal cohort study into fire-fighter health and mortality scoped and agreed by all major stakeholders. Research will be undertaken by Monash University (Vic). In addition the following training resources were completed: • Fire Aviation Training Framework • Public Safety Training Package - Certificate lll in Emergency Communications Centre (Operator) - Certificate lV in Emergency Communications Centre (Supervisor) The Value of AFAC is Realised Throughout the Membership Events such as the annual conference, exposure to AFAC through the Knowledge Web, engagement with AFAC through our many and varied training resources, professional development courses, or through participation on the numerous Groups, clearly demonstrate to people within our member agencies the work and achievements of AFAC. Less visible is the influencing and advocacy work AFAC undertakes on behalf of the sector. During the year AFAC staff commenced work on a suite of projects under the umbrella of guiding the organisation into the future. The ‘AFAC into the Future’ program of works included activity on the following: • Governance, Charter and Board structure and process • updated AFAC Constitution • broader membership project • discussion, documentation and preliminary research around professionalisation • new AFAC collaboration model. This program of work recognises the importance of all well run and successful organisations to manage for the future to remain sustainable, relevant and of great value to their constituents. Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council | 1 Annual Report 2011
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