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AFAC Annual Reports : 2011 Annual Report
AFAC’s events program has continued to expand over the past 12 months in response to meeting the knowledge needs of member agencies. A total of 42 events have been held involving nearly 1,800 participants from across the AFAC membership, some also involving non-members. With the launch of the Professional Development Events Guideline last year, as part of the implementation of the Knowledge Management Approach and Strategy, AFAC has embedded the events program into normal business practice. Events delivered included forums, seminars, workshops, clinics and master classes, and they have provided opportunities for people to come together to share knowledge and thinking and to facilitate the creation of a knowledge transfer approach across the industry. AFAC has developed a number of partnerships for the delivery of joint events. These include a strategic knowledge management partnership with the Bushfire CRC to facilitate the delivery of events that utilise research outputs through to industry. Another important partnership is with the Fire Protection Association of Australia (FPAA), who AFAC has worked with to deliver two seminar series on revised Australian Standards, AS 3959 – Building in Bushfire Prone Areas and AS 3745 – Planning for Emergencies in Facilities. These events have attracted large numbers of participants from outside the AFAC membership, including from the health and education sectors, as well as AFAC members, and have generated a revenue stream for AFAC. Other partners include the National Bulk Tanker Association (NBTA), Maddocks Lawyers and Monash University. A strategic priority for AFAC has been to work with member agencies to assist them to understand the national implications of the recommendations of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, as handed down in July 2010. AFAC worked with Stuart Ellis from Leading Emergency Services to deliver a forum in most jurisdictions on the Conduct, Reporting, Recommendations and Implications of the Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission. A successful program of professional development events was held as part of the AFAC Conference in Darwin, with nearly 200 participants indicating that events should continue to be run as an optional addition to the conference program. AFAC is grateful for the support of Motorola Australia in their sponsorship of the knowledge events program. The AFAC and Bushfire CRC Professional Development Event Guideline and Event Proposal Form have been produced to assist with the planning of Events. The use of this Guideline is being actively encouraged by AFAC and the Bushfire CRC and is available on the AFAC Knowledge Web. Professional Development Events 10 | Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council Annual Report 2011
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