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AFAC Annual Reports : 2011 Annual Report
AFAC Representation and Submissions AFAC made a number of submissions on behalf of the sector during this financial year to the following inquiries: Inquiries • submission to the review of 2010-2011 Flood Warnings and Response (Victoria) • submission to the Queensland Floods Commission of Inquiry • submission on NEPM Review Ambient Air Quality. AFAC also responded to the following reviews or otherwise contributed to the consultultation process on the following issues: • joint response from AFAC / ANZPAA / Council of Ambulance Authorities regarding the Digital Dividend • response to the Draft Discussion Paper - ‘The Australian National Emergency Response Principles’ • comment on the Consultation Draft - National Strategy for Disaster Resilience • review of the 7th Edition of the Australian Dangerous Goods Code (ADG7) - Consultion exercise • RMIT led submission to Round 4 of the Australian Space Research Prgram titled “Earth Observatory for Fires and Floods” • draft Model Work Health and Safety Regulations - Public Comment. Standards • restructure AS2118.1 - ABCB’s Sprinkler Reference Document • Australian Standard AS1851 - 201X Routine Service of Fire Protection systems and equipment for pre-public comment. Built Environment • National Construction Code - Plumbing Code Committee • Expanded Polystyrene Manufacturers Group Code of Practice for the installation of EPS Panels • Code of Practice for Security Fog Systems and Security Strobes • review of “Smoke Alarms in Dwellings Report” by Victoria University. Memorandum of Understanding A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed with the Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL) in May 2011. By cooperating together under the terms of this MoU, AFAC and ASIAL will be able to identify opportunities for aligning our distinct areas of business in pursuit of our common goals of public safety and security. We will look to improve the processes by which our member agencies work together. In addition, we will cooperate in public education initiatives such as enhancing understanding of the role of domestic smoke alarms and how they should be installed and monitored. Australian Standards Committee Representation AFAC members are represented on more than 50 Australian Standards Committees. For a full listing please see page 24. National Executive Command Forum 2010 The second National Executive Command Forum was held in Canberra in October and again feedback from those who attended was extremely positive. More than 35 heads of Agencies attend this event themed “Crisis and Resilience – Individuals and Agencies”. This concept of gathering the most senior operational people in a forum to share experiences and be exposed to new ideas and people outside of our industry continues to meet the needs of our most senior members. Key actions arising from the Forum included: • to develop a strategic Command Program in partnership with the Australian Institute of Police Management • to form a Group of senior AFAC and other external bodies to oversee the maintenance and new developments with AIIMS • to put forward the first step of an AFAC agreed approach to accreditation of Level 3 Incident Controllers • to consider changing the term ‘AFAC Position’ to ‘AFAC Best Practice Approach’. Exexcutive Command Forum 2010 Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council | 9 Annual Report 2011
2010 Annual Report