- Perth the host city for three-day 2018 Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council (AFAC) conference
- Launch of State's first purpose-built 4WD Mobile Command Centre for remote locations
- World-leading research and best practice outlined at three-day conference
The Hon. Kim Beazley AC, Governor of Western Australia has officially opened the Australasian Fire and Emergency Services Authorities Council conference this morning.
The three-day conference, which began on Wednesday, is being held in Perth for the first time in six years and includes fire and emergency services practitioners, researchers and government agencies from around Australasia and the world.
Western Australia's first purpose-built 4WD Mobile Command Centre, designed specifically for the rough Kimberley terrain, is also on display at this year's AFAC conference.
The new 4WD Mobile Command Centre is fitted with a satellite service connection, has real-time mapping capabilities, and will provide vital amenities such as a kitchen and meeting area.
It will be deployed to bushfires, cyclones and land searches in remote areas with poor communication and limited infrastructure.
The national three-day conference, which has attracted record attendance, is being held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre with more than 170 exhibitors from 14 countries demonstrating the latest in emergency services equipment and technology.
The conference is running from September 5-7 and involves exhibitions, live demonstrations and keynote speakers including NASA astronaut Mike Mullane and Singapore Civil Defence Force Commissioner Eric Yap.
Comments attributed to Emergency Services Minister Francis Logan:
"This conference is a great opportunity for international, national and local researchers, emergency management professionals and volunteer emergency services to come together to share their knowledge and skills and lessons learnt from recent emergencies.
"It's fantastic to see the new Mobile Command Centre on display that will enhance the management of incidents in remote communities.
"As hosts here in WA, we're able to promote the significant progress our State has made in enhancing the sector, including the formation of the Rural Fire Division and plans for the Australian-first Bushfire Centre of Excellence."
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