Governor-General Quentin Bryce officially opened the event which included a formal dinner in the great hall of Parliament House where Stuart Diver, the sole survivor of the 1997 Thredbo Landslide, talked about resilience in the context of his life-changing 65-hour entrapment. The range of topics discussed by the CFA delegates included the use of social media during emergencies. With an emphasis at this year’s summit on the younger generation, social media including facebook and twitter were incorporated real-time into the summit program, adding another level of discussion to the summit, as well as involving volunteer members from around the country who could not physically attend. The 17 presentations at the conference addressed topics such as inter-agency training partnerships, national transferability of qualifications, challenges to volunteering, young volunteers as leaders, respecting volunteers’ time, engagement through social media, public perceptions of volunteers versus paid emergency service workers and other challenges for the sector.
Tyson Williams attends CFA two day summit
Article from the Riverine Herald Newspaper dated - Friday 10th June 2011:
Torrumbarry Fire Brigade’s Tyson Williams was one of 13 CFA volunteers at a national two-day summit in Canberra recently. The National Emergency Management Volunteers Summit was attended by 450 people from 47 emergency agencies such as the NSW Rural Fire Service, State Emergency Service and St John Ambulance.