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Connecting communities and creating resilience at AFAC22

firecastmedia July 7, 2022 3029 5


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Returning to the Adelaide Convention Centre for the first time since 2015, AFAC22 powered by INTERSCHUTZ Conference and Exhibition will be held from the 23 – 26 August and will the explore theme ‘Connecting communities. Creating resilience.’ The program will feature examples of solutions to emerging risks, impacts and recovery from practitioners and leaders across the fire and emergency sector. AFAC22 will explore how an inclusive approach across emergency management agencies is integral to reducing risk and fostering resilience now and into the future.

AFAC22 is the first time the event will be hosted in person since 2019 and presents an exciting opportunity for the fire and emergency management sector to reconnect and explore research, equipment, technology and ideas that are shaping the future of the industry.

AFAC CEO Rob Webb and AFAC22 host agency SAFECOM Chief Executive Julia Waddington-Powell discuss what to expect over four days of the immersive conference program and extensive exhibition space.

For more information, go to www.afacconference.com.au

Julia Waddington-Powell is the Chief Executive of the South Australian Fire and Emergency Services Commission (SAFECOM) – the first female to hold such a position in the history of the state’s emergency services sector. As an executive member of the South Australian emergency services sector, Julia is responsible for collaborating with partner emergency services agencies and coordinating the strategic and policy frameworks that govern the emergency services sector. With over 30 years’ experience in the South Australian public sector, Julia has successfully overseen public policy development, project management, program implementation, strategic and operational leadership and organisational governance in public service agencies. Julia brings significant leadership expertise across the state’s health, emergency management, fire safety and public safety sectors. Prior to joining SAFECOM, Julia held senior leadership positions at the SA Ambulance Service where she coordinated and delivered the organisation’s Rural Health Workforce Plan to ensure the delivery of high-quality and accessible services for the state’s regional and remote communities.

Rob Webb is the Chief Executive Officer AFAC, the National Council of Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities. Rob is passionate about playing a role in reducing the social and economic impacts of disasters in Australia through empowering communities and businesses to make the right decisions at the right times. Rob is an experienced senior executive, meteorologist, communicator and leader with over 26 years at the Bureau of Meteorology where he was a former Deputy CEO and Division Head. He has extensive experience in meteorology, disaster management, disaster communications, service development, operations management, change management and risk management. Rob’s expertise stretches from bushfires to thunderstorms, floods to heatwaves, tropical cyclones to tsunami, liaising with all levels of government, the community and the media during some of Australia’s largest disasters. Rob cares deeply about the work he has done to date, and treats seriously a lifetime vocation focussed on keeping the community safe.

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