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RFSA Conference 2018

RFSA Conference is one of Australia’s leading emergency services events and is a chance for Members to learn, network and share their experiences.

 

RFSA Conference 2018 was held 6 – 8 July at the Grand Pavillion, Rosehill Gardens, Rosehill.

  

There was a diverse range of guest speakers that were complemented by an innovative exhibition of product showcases and displays.

 

For those who would welcome another look, or for those who were unable to attend RFSA Conference 2018, below links to the videos on the NSW RFSA YouTube page. 

 

Guest Speakers included:

 

Nathan Barnden - involved in the NSW RFS Young Members Group and is passionate about the development of Youth in the RFS.

 

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Dr Chris Bearman Dr Bearman’s research involves conducting industry-focused studies in laboratory and field settings with the aim of creating results that have both a strong theoretical underpinning and a robust application to industry. This involves working closely with industry partners and government organisations around the world.

 

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Philip Campbell - Manager Media and Communications at the New South Wales State Emergency Service, managing a team of four staff in an environment that is challenging and changeable, particular during operational responses to natural hazard emergencies such as floods and storms.

 

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Dr Michael Eburn – Barrister and an Associate Professor in the School of Legal Practice, Australian National University’s College of Law. He is regarded as a leading expert in the law relating to emergency management and the fire and emergency services.

 

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NSW RFS Commissioner, Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM 

 

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Andrew Gissing - Has over 15 years emergency management experience, including in senior executive roles. Andrew is an emergency risk management and resilience expert. He previously held the position of Deputy Chief Officer / Director Emergency Management and Communication with the Victoria State Emergency Service and, before joining Risk Frontiers, was the Director Enterprise Risk Management at the Department of Family and Community Services.

 

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Dr Stuart Matthews – Dr Matthews is a Senior Fire Behaviour Analyst with the New South Wales Rural Fire Service.  Stuart joined the NSW RFS in 2015 after 11 years with the CSIRO Bushfire Dynamics and Applications team. 

 

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RFSA Vice President Brian McDonough

 

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Michelle McKemey - has worked and studied throughout Australia as a cross-cultural ecologist for 20+ years. In 2014, she commenced a PhD entitled ‘Cultural Burning: Using Indigenous practice and science to apply fire strategically’.  At Wattleridge Indigenous Protected Area in NSW, her research considers the ecological and cultural changes that occur when an ancient cultural tool (fire management) is reintroduced into a long-unburnt landscape.

 

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Minister for Emergency Services, the Hon. Troy Grant MP

 

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RFSA President Ken Middleton

 

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Craig Semple - was a career Detective within the NSW Police Force for 25 years until his retirement, at the rank of Detective Sergeant, in 2013. Much of Craig’s career was invested in `high risk’ environments including drug investigation and the investigation of outlaw motorcycle gangs. It was in these environments that Craig developed lifelong skills in Leadership, Effective Communication, Emotional Intelligence, Conflict Resolution and Risk Management.

 

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Josh Whittaker - geographer specialising in research on the vulnerability of human communities to bushfire (wildfire) and other natural hazards.

 

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