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AFAC Annual Reports : 2011 Annual Report
Laurie Lavelle Award The Achiever of the Year Award was first introduced in 1997 to recognise individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to emergency services in any one year. This award is now appropriately named after Laurie Lavelle, in recognition of his life-long commitment to emergency services in Australia. Laurie was a long-standing Chief Fire Officer of the Melbourne & Metropolitan Fire Brigades Board and was the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) from 1993 – 2001. In 1989 Laurie was made a Member of the Order of Australia. Joint winners of the Laurie Lavelle Award for 2010 are Mr Arthur Tindall, Manager, Infrastructure and Logistics, at the South Australia Country Fire Service and Mr Russell Shephard, Manager Standards at AFAC. The award was made in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the AFAC Collaborative Purchasing Initiative, and for their commitment, dedication and ability to work together towards common goals and achieve outcomes for all AFAC Members. Both Arthur and Russell have a passion for collaboration and interoperability and are dedicated team players who are highly motivated and outcome focused. Jointly awarding them the 2010 Laurie Lavelle Award provides the national recognition their contribution deserves. Laurie Lavelle Award winners Left: Arthur Tindall, Country Fire Service SA with Naomi Brown, CEO AFAC and Russell Shephard, AFAC. AFAC & Bushfire CRC 2010 Special Recognition Award Mark Chladil, Tasmanian Fire Service (TFS) and Damien Killalea, TFS, received their special Awards from Naomi Brown, AFAC CEO at the 2010 annual conference. Mark and Damien were recognised for the contribution they made in providing submissions on behalf of the industry to the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission hearings. Mark Roche (left), Assistant Commissioner, QFRS, accepts the Knowledge Innovation Award, Agency, from Dr Michael N’Guyen, General Manager, Direct Sales, Government and Public Safety Motorola. Inaugural AFAC/Motorola 2010 Knowledge Innovation Award Sponsored by Motorola and as part of Motorola’s commitment and partnership with AFAC to bring knowledge to emergency services, an industry award has been developed specifically to recognise innovation, creativity and contribution towards the advancement of knowledge management. This award is made both at an individual and agency level. Winners of the inaugural Knowledge Innovation Award for 2010 were presented during the opening ceremony at the annual conference. The Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS) won the agency award for their Knowledge Management Framework which provides a multidisciplinary approach to Knowledge Management and contributes to achieving mission objectives by making the best use of organisational knowledge. Simon Hemer, Operations Manager, Coastal Branch, NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service, won the Individual Award recognising Simon’s lead in driving cultural change to improve prescribed burn performance in the agency. Simon’s drive and enthusiasm including integrating knowledge, systems and the best available science, and systematically identifying and removing impediments to performance, has been a big factor in changing the culture of his organisation’s approach in relation to prescribed burning and urgency in delivering on targets. Mark Chladil (left) and Damien Killalea receive their Special Recognition Awards from Naomi Brown, AFAC CEO. Industry Awards 8 | Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council Annual Report 2011
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