Keynote speakers have been announced for the AFAC16 powered by INTERSCHUTZ conference and exhibition, to be held on the 30 August – 1 September at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Australia.
The region’s largest emergency services conference and trade show will feature a stellar speaker line-up including:
• Dr Jeff Kepert works in the Centre for Australian Weather and Climate Research (CAWCR).
• Professor Gavin Smith is the Executive Director of the Centre for the Study of Natural Hazards and Disasters (UNC Coastal Resilience Centre) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Centre of Excellence – Coastal Hazards Centre.
• Dr Craig Cormick is an award-winning science communicator, specialising in public attitudes towards new technologies.
• Commissioner Katarina Carroll who is responsible for efficiently leading all divisions of Queensland Fire and Emergency Services.
• Katherine Jones the Deputy Secretary, National Security and Emergency Management Group, Attorney-General’s Department.
• Rhoda Mae Kerr is a thirty-year veteran, and fourth-generation firefighter who is currently Chief of the Austin Fire Department and President and Chair of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
Floorspace at the accompanying INTERSCHUTZ trade exhibition has been expanded to accommodate growing industry interest in the event, with over 25% of exhibitors coming from outside Australia. Around 150 exhibitors are expected at this year’s exhibition, already including: SCANIA, SASGAR, Fraser Fire & Rescue, Hino Motor Sales, USUZU Trucks, IVECO Trucks, Off Road Trucks, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo Group to name but a few. International companies represented include the UK, USA, New Zealand, Thailand, The Netherlands, France, Japan, India, Sweden, China and Singapore.
Features on the exhibition showfloor include the Magirus TAF 20 firefighting robot, purchased by Fire & Rescue NSW in 2015, will be on display in the exhibition, giving attendees a chance to view the equipment, capable of shooting jets of water from 90 metres away.
The exhibition will also feature hands-on, practical information in the form of Expo Stage presentations and the Knowledge Lounge, sharing the latest in best practice with the exhibition visitors.
For more information visit www.afacconference.com.au.