ACT RFS held its annual Open Day at the Hume Base on Sunday 25 October 2015. Four MAPS volunteers - Kate W, Giovanna L, Maree W and David H - staffed the RFS Community Engagement exhibit throughout the day. This exhibit, located at the public entrance to the display, featured two large-screen touch panels displaying ESA's Internet-published interactive street map of Canberra overlayed with Bushfire Prone Areas.
ACT Emergency Services Agency conducted a three-day Incident Management Exercise (IMX) on 13-15 October 2015 at its Fairbairn headquarters location. The IMX simulated lightening-triggered bushfires in the Brindabella Ranges threatening Canberra .
NSW RFS conducted a three-day Incident Management Exercise (IMX) on 21-23 July 2015 at two locations: Queanbeyan Fire Control Centre and Braidwood Administration Office. The IMX required responses to three simulated bushfire incidents -- Goorock Range, near Captains Flat; Macfarlanes, west of Harolds Cross and Old Timberlight, north-east of Nerriga -- each running for the entire three days.
During 2010 the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) predicted that the coming wet season for Queensland was likely to have more cyclones and rain. In preparation for this, certain members of the Australian Red Cross in Qld (RCQ) started looking at ways to better involve mapping into their operations during emergencies. RCQ created a project that involved volunteers from GISCorps and MAPS.
During December 2010 the rain really started falling and on the 29th MAPS received a call for assistance...
During the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires, Australia’s worst natural disaster, MAPS was deployed with Victoria Police for over 6 weeks. The MAPS deployment, initially to rural Victoria, then to Water Police headquarters in Melbourne, was the longest sustained deployment ever undertaken by ESA.
The MAPS volunteers worked 12 to 14 hour days, sometimes in crowded improvised work spaces, sometimes dealing with sensitive and confronting information but always professional and cheerful ...