Emergency management lessons from the Bali Bombings
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the 2002 Bali Bombings, when 88 innocent Australians tragically lost their lives in the deadliest act of terrorism in the history of Indonesia.
While many Australians lost their lives that day, many were also saved thanks to the tireless efforts of emergency workers who mobilised en masse in response to the bombings.
One such worker was Peter Baines, an expert in safety and emergency management who spent 22 years with the NSW Police leading teams in response to acts of terrorism and natural disasters.
“While leading teams in emergency situations requires the execution of disaster and contingency planning, strong leadership is what will be called upon the most,” said Baines, who is speaking this month at The Safety Conference Sydney 2012.
“Although there is usually an opportunity to anticipate and implement contingency planning, it is often the case that large-scale disasters or emergencies don’t go according to plan.”
Baines, who will open day three of The Safety Conference Sydney 2012 with a presentation on ‘decision making and crisis management’, will discuss leadership in emergency situations and how to keep rescue workers safe and healthy.
“It’s easy to compromise safety and sound work principles in times of crisis or emergency, but it’s because of the crisis or emergency situation that extra attention should be focused on the safety and welfare of those responding,” he said.
Baines and many other notable speakers will be presenting at The Safety Conference Sydney which will be held from 23-25 October 2012 at Southee Complex, 1 Showground Road, Sydney Olympic Park. For more information visit www.sia.org.au/tsc2012
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