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Workshop at Ararat

Posted 6 April 2012 by Sean Fishlock (Crisisworks)

Earlier this week I traveled solo to Ararat council offices in western Victoria to facilitate a MAV organised workshop which was attended by almost 30 emergency practitioners from various councils including City of Ballarat, Buloke Shire, Hepburn Shire, Northern Grampians Shire, Moorabool Shire, Pyrenees Shire, Rural City of Horsham, Southern Grampians Shire and Swan Hill Rural City Council.

During the session the group covered the main learning outcomes, discussed implementation strategies and conducted a role play exercise involved a mini-MECC simulation based on a bushfire scenario. Participants brought their own devices, with laptops the primary device in use as well as a projector for a common operating picture.  I'm very pleased that feedback from the session was so positive wth an 100% satisfaction result from surveyed participants.

Thanks to the Rural City of Ararat and the Municipal Association of Victoria for organising the event, which leaves me confident that in Victoria's western district have a firm grasp of the system and are more likely to use it if or when they have activations of their MECCs.