The Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) Annual Conference isAustralasias pre-eminent annual emergency management forum and incorporatesthe annual Bushfire CRC Conference.
The 2006 Conference will be jointly presented in Melbourne, Australia by AFACand the International Fire Chiefs Association of Asia (IFCAA).
AFAC is the representative body for fire and emergency services in theAustralasian region. Its membership is drawn from agencies that have specialistskills in every operational setting and includes agencies operating in urban,rural and wild-land environments.
AFAC member agencies manage workforces comprising approximately 30,000 paidfire fighters and 250,000 volunteers.
The Bushfire CRC is a collaborative venture established under theCommonwealth Governments Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Programme.
The CRC involves Australian and New Zealand fire and land management agencies,eight universities, CSIRO and key federal government agencies.
The CRCs aim is to conduct research that enhances the management of thebushfire risk to the community in an economically and ecologically sustainableway.
IFCAA was formed in 1960 to maintain international friendly relations amongfire chiefs in Asian countries, promote the study of techniques and measures forproperty from fire, exchange fire service knowledge / information, and thuscontribute to the development of Asias fire services.
At present, IFCAA consists of about 1,000 members from 22 countries and 2regions. IFCAAs General Conference is held every two years. The last was inTaiwan in 2004.
The Joint AFAC/IFCAA Conference 2006 will bring together emergency managementprofessionals from Emergency Services Organisations, local, State and FederalGovernments, NGOs, community groups and industry. Delegates are expected fromAustralia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, SE Asia, Japan, China, Middle East,Europe and the Americas.
The theme of the meeting is Building our Legacy and it is expected thatup to 1,500 delegates from around the world will attend the 2006 conference.