23rd March Agenda

Key Focus

Water and flood rescue strategies involve complex risks and the consequences of decision making to all those involved. Much has been achieved; however threats to the lives of our citizens from drowning continue and that from flooding arguably continues to grow, together with the threats to those who respond to resolve events. Therefore, we clearly need to continue to share understanding, information and learning, to identify best practice and strategies.

This event qualifies for 7 Hours of Continuing Professional Development



08:30 Registration and coffee and bacon roll
09:15 Welcome and Introductions
Mr Tim Coventry - CEO at Surf Life Saving GB
09:25 Opening address to meeting:
Chair of Meeting
Mr Jeff Dulin – Moderator, Assistant Director, International Association of Fire Chiefs, Washington, USA & Ret’d Deputy Fire Chief Charlotte Fire Department, NC, USA.
09:35 "2015/16 UK Floods – the CFOA National Resilience perspective – how national deployments are coordinated."
Mr Simon McNamara, Training Capability Advisor, CFOA Fire & Rescue National Resilience Team.
10:05 "Casualty Care no longer needs to be a memory test” and “Are you equipped to extricate casualties in the flood environment’
Mr Paul Savage OBE BSc SRP - Lecturer in Paramedic Science, Bournemouth University, UKSAR Medical Group Chairman and Clinical Governance Consultant.
10:30 Coffee Break

"Flood Rescue: Physical demands, PPE, Temperature & Organisation"
Prof. Michael J. Tipton - SLS GB Technical Advisor
Dr Gemma Milligan - Senior Lecturer in Sport Exercise and Health
Dr Chris Wagstaff - Senior Lecturer and Course Leader, all at University of Portsmouth.

An open ended, interactive session run by Prof. Mike Tipton, dealing with the following topics related to swift water/flood rescue: The physical demands, Task analysis, Fitness standards, Protective clothing - fit for purpose? Thermal problems, Efficient multi-agency organisation, leadership & communication.

11:45 “The Role of United Kingdom Search And Rescue Operators Group.”
12:05 “January 2016 United States Winter Storm -  a kind of a top-10 storm." How do you respond to extreme weather events, this deadly and destructive winter storm? Do you push or pull resources?
Deputy Chief John Esposito MA, Fire Department, City of New York, USA.
12:45 Roundtable discussions
facilitated and moderated by Mr Jeff Dulin, with questions from delegates.
13:00 Networking light lunch and Exhibition viewing.
14:00 “The York Floods Winter 2016 – the Civil Authority Response and Command and Control.
T/ACC Ken Mcintosh - North Yorkshire Police, Police Headquarters, North Yorkshire, UK.
14:40 “Providing trusted guidance to help protect lives and livelihoods from flooding- the Cumbria 2015 and York 2016 floods.”
Mr Jon Millard - Senior Hydrometeorologist, Flood Forecasting Centre, Exeter, United Kingdom.
15:10 “Fit for Purpose PPE – its place in keeping the Floodfighter safe – an industry perspective.”
Mr John Wilcock - Managing Director Safequip Ltd, UK.

“Multi-Agency working for the SAR Volunteer.”
Mr Paul Chamberlain - Equipment Officer, Association of Lowland Search & Rescue, holds Diploma in Outdoor Education, member of Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue

15:45 Tea break.

“Lifeguard Training and its Role in Forming a Floodfighter - my experiences"
Mr John Paton - SLSGB Trainer Assessor and Cornwall Flood Rescue Manager. (TBC)

16:20 "Using small RPAS (AKA drones) in Floods and how we can use them to keep our colleagues safe."
Mr Séamus Kearns - Head of Operations, Surrey Search & Rescue.
16:45 “Open Forum Roundtable discussions and Plenary Session”
for discussions with the presenters facilitated and moderated by Mr Jeff Dulin.
17:05 Close of sessions and meeting.