A virtual Easter egg hunt featured in 2016 AFAC/Motorola Solutions Knowledge Innovation Awards, awarded at the AFAC Conference recently.
Every year at the Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC) Conference, Motorola Solutions sponsors two awards that recognise the efforts of an individual and an agency who have contributed significantly to developing and implementing knowledge.
In 2016, innovative and collaborative technologies played a significant role in both winners’ award-worthy submissions.
Easter egg hunt with a difference – Individual award
This year staff at Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) participated in an Easter egg hunt with a difference. Rose Kapaith (pictured above), senior online publishing coordinator, online channel management, community engagement and partnership branch at QFES, applied some inventive thinking and hid virtual Easter eggs in the newly released QFES Gateway intranet. Staff had to find eggs hidden within 50 pages of the site to win.
The competition encouraged familiarisation of information location and site awareness in all staff across the department, delivering significant and tangible benefits.
Participant feedback indicated that:
- 30 % of respondents indicated they learnt more about the QFES gateway
- 30% of respondent’s comments resulted in an upgrade or correction to information thus improving the quality of the QFES gateway as a knowledge management tool
- 18% of feedback concerned specific page issues which lead to updates and corrections that improved the QFES content
NSW Rural Fire Service – Agency award
The NSW Rural Fire Service’s Fire Weather Portal (FWP) is a website that displays weather forecasts and observations. The FWP is used to display weather and fuel information for NSW and Victoria, including forecast maps of weather and fire danger ratings, satellite images, fuel state maps and much more.
This knowledge management tool makes fire weather information available to fire managers via an integrated system. Planning and operations staff access the FWB to plan and manage bush fires and prescribed burns.
All fire agencies in NSW and Victoria have experienced the following benefits:
- Improved situational awareness;
- Faster and better quality fire spread predictions;
- Better engagement with NSW RFS Districts in using weather and fuel information for the control of bush and grass fires, and for planning prescribed burning;
- Better use of resources and weather windows for prescribed burns; and
- Improved collaboration across agencies, especially multi-agency incident management teams on major fires.
About the awards
Since 2010, the AFAC/Motorola Solutions Knowledge Innovation Awards have recognised the efforts of an individual and an agency who have contributed significantly to developing and implementing knowledge. AFAC and Motorola Solutions developed the award criteria in collaboration to recognise outstanding individual and organisations in the fire and emergency services sector.