Every year Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and Motorola Solutions join forces to provide professional development to emergency services. This year’s topic was leadership, delivered by presenter John Beard, Assistant Chief Fire Officer of the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service in the UK.
This article originally appeared on the AFAC website here.
Lessons on Leadership Shared Nationally at AFAC Knowledge Series
The topic for this year’s series was “Practical Lessons Learned from the Evolving Fire and Emergency Services Sector in the UK: A Contemporary Perspective on Leadership”.
Throughout May the 2017 Knowledge Event Series was held in six locations across Australia and in New Zealand. Lessons on leadership and collaboration were shared nationally through this professional development opportunity offered by Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) and Motorola Solutions.
Participants heard an international perspective on the public sector from our presenter John Beard, the Assistant Chief Fire Officer of the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service in the UK. Beard spoke candidly about leading his organisation through change, what it means to be a public sector service, and the leadership behaviours that drives an ethos of true public service at all levels within an organisation.
Beard joined the service as a retained firefighter in 1991 and has served in a wide range of roles over his career, including many senior positions. He is also a representative of the Chief Fire Officers Association (UK), an organisation which AFAC has an ongoing partnership with.
Beard told participants about some of the key drivers for change in the UK, and how he has focused on driving cultural change within the organisation as well as reshaping the response model to be community-focused. He also spoke of the work underway in breaking down barriers between public sector services in the UK.
The series kicked off in Darwin on 17 May and travelled to Adelaide, Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne, finishing in Wellington on 29 May. Around 350 people from across the emergency management sector attended the series, which was free of charge thanks to the support of Motorola Solutions.
A survey was circulated to all attendees to gain feedback and ideas for future topics for the Knowledge Event Series.
Key messages from the event will be shared in the coming weeks.
About the Knowledge Series
The partnership between AFAC and Motorola Solutions was announced in 2010, with the aim of promoting smarter communication and knowledge creation for emergency services personnel. AFAC’s Knowledge Series events are held annually around Australia and New Zealand to promote professional development opportunities for interaction, thinking and the adoption of new knowledge across the emergency services sector. Subject areas may include protecting fire fighters, interoperability for a national approach, effective communication for incident management teams, leadership in emergency management and crisis communications for emergency management leaders. Read more about the AFAC Knowledge Series here.