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Media Release

Extreme weather key focus of fire and emergency services conference
Friday 20 September 2013 – 3:00 PM
Hundreds of fire and emergency services volunteers from around the State will converge in Perth this weekend for the 2013 Western Australian Fire and Emergency Services Conference.
A key focus of the two day conference, that begins tomorrow, is how emergency services can better prepare and respond to future extreme weather events.
Professor Tim Flannery, former Chief Climate Commissioner and 2007 Australian of the Year, will give the keynote presentation that will centre on challenging and complex climate change issues, and what this means for Western Australia
Fire and Emergency Services Commissioner Wayne Gregson said the conference would allow volunteers to share information and gain firsthand knowledge about latest developments before the busy bushfire and cyclone seasons begin.
“Volunteers are vital to emergency services in Western Australia and play a fundamental role in protecting local communities,” Commissioner Gregson said.
“The annual conference is a unique opportunity for personnel from all over the State to increase their knowledge, learn new skills and understand developments in emergency management.”
Two live practical demonstrations that will showcase the latest operational techniques and equipment for a car versus house incident and a vertical rescue are part of the conference program.
The program also features more than 50 sessions that provide updates on new emergency services initiatives and projects, and four award ceremonies that highlight the achievements of outstanding volunteers from each of the services.
For further information on the conference and program, please visit the DFES website at www.dfes.wa.gov.au

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