Day 3 presentations

Selected presentations from Day 3 of inFIRE 2012, Thursday 1st March

Edward Metz, USFA Library, joined us by video link-up and talked about his Fire Files Digital Library

Emma Roache, NZFS, talked about the NZFS Library and social media

Emma Roache InFire

Dr Ganesh Nana, BERL, Learnings from the costs of fire, and the place of libraries in fire research

Ganesh Nana BERL inFIRE 2012

Colin Clemens, NZFS, talked about the Heads up Learning documents produced by his team – the Fire Research and Investigation Unit.


Day 2 presentations

Selected presentations from Day 1 of inFIRE 2012, Wednesday 29th February

Amanda Robbins, BRANZ,  demonstrated the Fire Research Hub.  Check it out and give her some feedback.

Smita Biswas, Tauranga City Library.  Recording the Rena: Tauranga City Library’s response to disaster in real time.

Smita Biswas Documenting Rena – 2012

Lynn Campbell, Christchurch City Gallery.  The Canterbury earthquakes: lessons learned.

Lynn Campbell Preservation inFIRE 2012

Mats Bornström, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency.  The place of libraries in the development of decision support systems.

Mats Bornstrom Libraries inFIRE 2012

Dr Ian Miller.   What do we know about human behaviour underlying fatal fires?

Dr Ian Miller inFIRE 2012

Day 1 presentations

Selected presentations from Day 1 of  inFIRE 2012, Tuesday 28th February


Mitchell Brown, NZFS.  Research, Data and Information applied at an Emergency

Mitchell Brown Research, Data and Information InFIRE

Mitchell Brown, NZFS.  Workshop – Research, data and information applied at an Emergency

Workshop – Research, Data and Information Applied ay an Emergency

Dan Coward, NZFS.  The Christchurch earthquakes: the NZFS response, the challenges, and new directions

Dan Coward – inFIRE Presentation – 28-02-12

Stacey Smith, PWC.   What’s new at PWC? From Knowledge Services to Research and Insights.

Stacey Smith PWC InFIRE 2012

Dr Brenda Chawner, Victoria University of Wellington.  Facing the future:technology trends and the information profession

Brenda Chawner inFIRE 2012

April Flux, NZFS.  Get rid of the books – it’s all electronic now

April Flux It’s all electronic now



Workshop write-up – Easy Win Marketing

Held: Friday 2 March
Facilitator: Library team, NZFS 

Purpose: to have a marketing strategy to take back to your organisation and implement in your library.

Challenge: all 2012 delegates to report back to inFIRE 2013 with the results of your marketing push.  In person or remotely/ email. 

1.  Brainstorm of quick, easy marketing ideas (included ideas emailed prior to conference)

2. Pick top 3 ideas
Personal visits   / Attend conferences and conventions / Get published in a journal

3. Divide delegates into 3 teams 

4. Each team picks an idea from the top three.  Team with best recent marketing feedback got to choose first…
                          …… won by Sue Marsh (NFPA) won for Team 1

5. Each team works out implementation plan for their idea.

Team 1 – Personal visits

Get included in induction programme
Invite new employees to lunch/ coffee – catch up time
Mentoring – offer expertise on your org.  Become the go-to person for internal info.
Encourage them to feed info back to you – “way to influence”
Build relationships
Modify orientation to meet specific needs
Get a hit list (new staff) – schedule them for visits in the 2nd month of starting, settle in time
Refresher / group sessions
Remote / decentralised clients
Create handout with key info =- book mark? Keyring?

Team 2 – Attend conferences and conventions  

Get yourself onto agenda of senior management meetings
Identify opportunities to attach yourself to other groups in your org. when they are going to conferences, activities
Strategies to use:  play politics / find champions / be a squeaky wheel / promote resources / be a busy-body / invite other units to Library (have food!) / use your elevator pitch

 Team 3 – Get published in a journal

What journal? Identify other external journals
Extend to other media
Content – Topical and current interest / “sexy” / draw in with questions, humour
What audience?  Can you fulfil what you promise?
Advice from Comms on graphics.  Read and check and edit – final proof.
Policy/ Comms
Feedback – Monitor / outcomes / review
Researchers – ask them to acknowledge your service


Check out the inFIRE 2012 photos on inFIREweb’s Gallery.   

Thanks to Jennifer Nielsen and Mitchell Brown for taking the shots.


Workshop write up – Research, Data and Information

Held: Tuesday 28th February
Facilitator: Mitchell Brown, Area Manager, Manawatu, NZFS 

Purpose: give delegates the opportunity to review their organisational Research, Data and Information capability and capacity to support a major event. 

Workshop format
: In groups, discuss the role your organisation has and the practical application of research, data and information for supporting emergency management.

Share your organisation’s practical solutions and applications for the 4 R’s of emergency management.


Group 1
Manawatu Gorge – landslide incident

NZTA – engineering knowledge
DIA – landslide events
GNS – geological info
NZFS – incident (+AN +NZP)
Territorial authorities – photos / satellite
LINZ – Regional councils


Group 2
Tech transfer – fire danger ratings / fire permitsFire safety / education / human behaviour / contestable research

Fire protection engineering / evacuation / detection

Codes + standards

Group 3
Advocacy for legislationEvidence to support new codes, standards, SOPsMOUs among agencies


Group 1 Group 2
Standards – building F. S.Relationships – professional / across agencies

Operational procedures


Building / risk assessment

Fire danger ratings + weather = warnings!

Decisions on resource deployment

Group 3
PSAs – Public Service AnnouncementsInspections + enforcement

Best practice sharing

Training – new technologies

Community education


Group 1
NZTA – contractors / engineersNZFS – incident management


Telecom / Vodafone / 2 degrees (mobile networks)


Group 2
Expert in field – understands fire behaviour patternsDeployment

Incident Management



Building safety – site inspection


Group 3
Co-ordination among agenciesInformation pipeline

Social media – collect + monitor + disseminate


Group 1
NZTA- contractorsMedia

Regional councils – flood / sediment +TA


Group 2
Fire investigationRecovery of vegetation

Data collection on community resilience / social research – leads back to resilience

Operational investigations

Lessons learned

Case studies

Group 3
Getting community back to normalSourcing information

Gathering and analysing info to apply to future

Connection people for lessons learned + best practices – experts

Archiving info


 Participants hard at work


 Photo credit: Mitchell Brown, NZFS.

inFIRE delegates 2012







Photo credit: Jennifer Nielsen.

Maki Tumu, NZFS.  Maria Nagelkerke, DIA (NZ).  Rachael ‘Asi, DIA (NZ). Alison Lane, NZTA.  Sue Marsh, NFPA (USA).  Suzanne Lester, BRANZ.  Emma Roache, NZFS (at the back). Elizabeth Hides, Fire and Emergency Services Authority, Western Australia.  Andries Labuschagne, BRANZ (at the back).  Jennifer Nielsen, Combined Queensland Emergency Service.  Connie Coniglio, AIPM (Sydney).   Mats Bornstrom, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency, Karlstad (at the back). Julie Wyner, FRNSW.   April Flux, NZFS.

More photos, presentations, and proceedings to come.