Since 2010, Motorola Solutions has sponsored the AFAC Knowledge Series, which provides a professional development day for fire and emergency services in each state in Australia. These sessions are one day educational seminars aimed at middle to senior ranking officers in operational positions, with the motto of “AFAC and Motorola Solutions helping to bring knowledge to emergency services”. Usually an overseas guest gives the presentation, with a focus on bringing and sharing knowledge with emergency services organisations.
Presenter John Beard, Assistant Chief Fire Officer of the Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service in the UK, delivered the series in 2017. The topic series was “Practical Lessons Learned from the Evolving Fire and Emergency Services Sector in the UK: A Contemporary Perspective on Leadership”. 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.
In 2016, Brigadier Général Philippe Boutinaud, Commander of the Paris Fire Brigade (BSPP) spoke about “Lessons learnt from the Paris terrorist attacks”. General Boutinaud spoke candidly about the key lessons learned, which the Paris Fire Brigade has used to revise its own doctrine and systems post-incident. Read the full report, Valuable Lessons from 2015 Paris Terrorist Attacks, here.
Past sessions have included Gary Reason, director of operational resilience and training in the London Fire Brigade who spoke about a number of unique problems for the emergency services agencies posed by responding to the London Bombings in 2005. London Fire Brigade played a pivotal role in the emergency response on 7 July 2005 and was subsequently at the heart of the inquiries that followed. Reason, who was its lead officer for the inquests, spoke on lessons learned from the events themselves and the inquiries that followed.
The sessions are very well attended around the country and usually reach an audience of between 400 and 500 delegates from different member agencies.