AFAC22 to run in Adelaide, after success of AFAC21 Virtual

Monday, 18 October, 2021

AFAC22 to run in Adelaide, after success of AFAC21 Virtual

The AFAC21 Virtual Conference and Exhibition has concluded, with more than 2534 registered delegates in attendance over four days, with presentations that shared insights and tackled the tough issues affecting the fire and emergency sector. The first virtual event in the conference and exhibition’s 26-year history attracted more than 2500 attendees and featured 120 sessions across seven streams, nine keynote presentations and 37 virtual exhibitors.

The conference and exhibition ran from 5–8 October 2021 and was hosted on a state-of-the-art interactive platform, as a result of COVID-19 necessitating an alternative to a face-to-face environment. The AFAC21 conference was complemented by The Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE) Australia Conference and the Australian Disaster Resilience Conference (ADRC) as well as a day dedicated to the Professional Development Program. The sessions covered diverse topics around the theme Balancing Impact and Expectations, such as Prescribed burning, Simulation and data, Cultural land management, Community engagement, Mental health and wellbeing, Climate change and environment and Volunteer capacity. Keynote presenters for AFAC21 included Turia Pitt, Stan Grant, Dominique Hogan-Doran SC, Bronwyn Ray, Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM, Dr Michelle Dickinson and Adriana Keating.

The Professional Development Program focused on managing extreme wildfires and offered delegates the opportunity to expand their knowledge and understanding, while being able to virtually connect with colleagues. AFAC21 was delivered virtually in an environment that was designed to emulate the physical aesthetic of the ICC Sydney venue. The virtual event showcased the latest and best equipment, technology and services of 37 innovative exhibitors via an easily accessible, feature-rich platform.

Following the success of AFAC21 Virtual, preparations are underway for AFAC22, due to be held in a face-to-face environment in Adelaide from 23–26 August 2022.

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