I have been a volunteer fire fighter here in Australia for 37 years. For the last 9 years I have worked for the NSW Rural Fire Service. Around 5 years ago by chance I became involved in disaster resilience education through the NSW RFS, and now focus a large part of my time into implementing this DRE for children and young people in schools.
In each visit to Japan I tend to set aside one day (atleast) to connect up with disaster management staff and volunteers, and most earlier this year with community members.
And so it came to be that I was invited to speak at a Forum here in Sydney on 13 October to commemorate the United Nations International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction. And in 7 minutes I told what is essentially my story linking Sendai and St Ives North.
Here is my account of that presentation.