Celebrating excellence in prescribed burning

Prescribed burning practitioners are encouraged to apply for the inaugural AFAC Excellence in Prescribed Burning Award.

The Centre of Excellence for Prescribed Burning is celebrating innovative products or systems that assist prescribed burning practitioners from around Australia.

Nominations are now open for the inaugural AFAC Excellence in Prescribed Burning Award, proudly sponsored by Forest Technology Systems (FTS).  

The need to recognise innovative products or systems that assist prescribed burning practitioners across Australasia is acknowledged by AFAC member agencies.

Through the AFAC Rural and Land Management Group, AFAC members have direct input into the Centre of Excellence for Prescribed Burning to address issues relating to prescribed burning capability development, policy and practice, strategies and knowledge management.

FTS has partnered with AFAC to recognise an individual or agency who has contributed to better practice for prescribed burning planning and implementation.

Through their manufacture of remote environmental monitoring solutions, FTS aim to make their customers successful in their efforts to monitor, record, and analyse changes in the natural environment.

The award recognises efforts to support an industry culture that adopts leading practice and spreads the benefits of innovative solutions for bushfire mitigation through prescribed burning across all fire management agencies in Australasia.

The winning individual or agency will receive:

  • An award presented at the AFAC19 Conference Welcome and Awards Ceremony in Melbourne on 27 August
  • In recognition of their efforts the winning agency or individual will receive $2,000 towards professional development opportunities of their choice. This may include conference registration fees, travel, accommodation and sundry expenses
  • Tailored communication profiling the award winners through the Centre of Excellence for Prescribed Burning including hosted webinar opportunities, features in newsletters and inclusion on the AIDR Knowledge Hub.

AFAC member agencies and individuals are encouraged to apply by COB 26 July 2019 using the AFAC and FTS Excellence in Prescribed Burning Award nomination form.

Areas of endeavour may include:

  • Enhancing capability, knowledge and skills for prescribed burning practitioners
  • Development of new tools that assist in planning and decision-making during prescribed burning planning and delivery
  • Development of processes to effectively capture research outcomes and embed in agency practice
  • Commitment to collaborative approaches to prescribed burning objectives
  • Demonstration of commitment to improved practice in prescribed burning delivery 

Nominations should be endorsed by your agency Commissioner, Chief Officer or Fire Manager and forwarded to Manager, Centre of Exxcellence for Prescribed Burning Deb Sparkes,

Explore more resources from the Centre of Excellence for Prescribed Burning.