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Life Members awarded


In 2020 MAPS introduced the Lifetime Member category to recognise outstanding leaders in the MAPS volunteer group. 

This award is based on contributions such as:

  1. Outstanding volunteering.

  2. Sustained commitment and service to MAPS beyond the formal requirements of their position including leadership and active contribution to the sector.

  3. Active leadership and outstanding contributions through innovation, academic or policy research and / or leadership at international, state or local level.

  4. Sustained long term membership as an ESA MAPS volunteer.


Frank Blanchfield and Ian Batley, our founding members, were awarded Life membership awards at the 2020 MAPS member celebration held at the Hume Helibase.

Frank and Ian were instrumental in establishing the MAPS group, have held executive and coordinator roles and between the two of them they have volunteered at 33 events for 87 days. 

2020 ACT Citizen of the Year


All members of the Emergency Services Agency, including ACT Rural Fire Service, ACT Fire and Rescue, ACT State Emergency Service, ACT Ambulance Service and ACT Parks and Conversation Service, are being recognised with this significant honour in recognition of the outstanding efforts and cooperation in responding to the unprecedented conditions experienced during the summer of 2019-2020.

10 Year Service Medal for MAPS Members


The Minister for Police and Emergency Services, Justice and Community Safety Directorate and the ACT Emergency Service Agency recognises the service of volunteers.

Members receive ten year Service Awards annually.

MAPS founder Steve Forbes awarded SSSI Professional of the Year 2015

As many of you would know by now, our very own Steve Forbes was awarded SSSI Professional of the Year 2015 at Locate 2015 in Brisbane.


This is the most prestigious of the SSSI annual Australasian Awards and follows on from Steve’s award of SSSI ACT Professional of the Year. On behalf of the MAPS Supervisors, I congratulate Steve and extend our thanks to SSSI for this recognition, not only of Steve, but of all the spatial professionals who work in Emergency Management. This award is even more special given the quality of the field for the awards this year. I personally know two of the three other candidates and they are both exceptional people who have made outstanding contributions to the spatial sciences.


Attached is a copy of the citation for Steve’s ACT award which then followed through to the Australasian Awards.


Frank Blanchfield

Supervisor, 2015

MAPS awards - Esri International 2009

In July 2009 MAPS were awarded the 'Special Achievement in GIS' award at the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) lnternational GIS User Conference (UC) in San Diego. 


This award was for the excellent work performed by MAPS members with Victoria Police during the Victorian Fires.

As a result of this work, MAPS has received a significant amount of exposure through presentations, conferences and national forums.



MAPS awards - Attorney Generals Dept -ACT Safer Communities 2009 

The team has also been recognised for the outstanding support to Victoria during the bushfires by being awarded an ACT 2009 Safer Communities Award, in the Voluntary Category.

This exposure has led to MAPS being added to a number of national organisation's Emergency Management Plans

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