Speakers

Chief John Esposito

John is a Deputy Chief assigned to the 3rd Division in Midtown Manhattan. Chief Esposito has spent the majority of his 25-year FDNY career working in firehouses throughout Manhattan. He previously worked as a Battalion Chief in Manhattan’s 9th Battalion and as a Firefighter and Lieutenant in Squad Company 18.

He was a Captain in the Special Operations Command; John is an FDNY Rescue Technician and Hazardous Materials Technician.

Throughout his career John has collaborated on several special projects including the 2006 Possible Human Remains search at the WTC site and an evaluation of the FDNY Bunker Gear ensemble. As a Lieutenant, John served as the Commanding Officer of the FDNY Hazardous Materials Training School. Prior to his promotion to Deputy Chief in 2011, Chief Esposito was the Section Chief for Intelligence and Analysis at the FDNY Center for Terrorism and Disaster Preparedness.
Chief Esposito is an member of the InterAgency Board and a member of the NFPA High Rise Building Safety Advisory Committee.

Chief Esposito received a BS from Stony Brook University and an MA in Security Studies from the Naval Post Graduate School. In 2011, John completed Columbia University’s FDNY Officer's Management Institute, an Executive Education Certificate program.

Séamus Kearns

Séamus Kearns has been at the forefront of Search & Rescue for more than 10 years. He was the second person ever to be decorated with a Point of Light Award from the UK Prime Minister for his work during major flooding in February 2014. In 2008 he was the youngest ever Level 3 K9 handler in the UK and proceed to become the youngest ever National K9 assessor. For the last two years Séamus has been working to bring UAVs into the world of Water Rescue and now is Head of Operations at the UK's only, Police approved, SAR Remotely Piloted Aerial System (SARRPAS) team.

John Wilcock

For the majority of my working career I have been involved with PPE and associated equipment, with the past 15 years especially focused on rescue PPE and equipment. From my initial sales & marketing background I became increasingly more involved with product development, PPE testing and product certification.

With my continued contact with both users and equipment procurement, it gives me the opportunity to work closely with customer’s in developing PPE and equipment that is specifically designed for a range of specialist rescue applications. Safequip have become one of the market leaders in water rescue PPE & equipment.   

Mike Tipton

Educated at the Universities of Keele and London, Professor Tipton joined the University of Surrey in 1986. After 12 years at the Robens Institute and European Institute of Health and Medical Science he moved to the University of Portsmouth in 1998. In addition to his University positions, Professor Tipton was based at the Institute of Naval Medicine (INM) from 1983 to 2004 and was Consultant Head of the Environmental Medicine Division of the INM from 1996. He has spent over 35 years researching and advising the military, industry and elite sports people in the areas of thermoregulation, environmental and occupational physiology and survival in the sea. He has published over 500 scientific papers, reports, chapters and books in these areas.

Professor Tipton has been a consultant in survival and thermal medicine to the Royal Air Force and UKSport; he sits on the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Medical & Survival Committee, and the Ectodermal Dysplasia Society’s medical advisory board. In 2004 Prof Tipton was made an Honorary Life Member of the International Association for Safety & Survival Training in recognition of his work in sea survival. He chaired UKSport’s Research Advisory Group and now sits on the English Institute of Sports’ Technical Advisory Group. Prof Tipton chairs the Energy Institute’s Health Technical Committee; he is a Trustee of Surf Lifesaving GB and Senior Editor of the journal “Extreme Physiology and Medicine”. Prof Tipton is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, he provides advice to a range of universities, government departments, industries, medical, search and rescue and media organisations.

Paul Chamberlain

Paul has spent the last 20 years working professionally in the outdoors training instructors for the last 12. He is a qualified teacher, holding a Diploma in Outdoor Education.
He has travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and America and led numerous expeditions to Morocco, South Africa, Paraguay and Poland. He has worked with a diverse client base from senior executives to young people who find conventional schooling a challenge.

He is an operational team leader, advanced trauma trained and Swiftwater rescue technician and Swiftwater and Flood Rescue Boat Operator within Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue. Additionally, he is registered as a Swiftwater Rescue Technician Instructor with Skills for Justice.  Paul has trained numerous flood rescue teams including those in Northern Ireland, Paraguay, Cheshire and Berkshire as well as Norfolk, he lectures on the Joint Foundation Course in Mountain Rescue for Bolton Mountain Rescue Team as well as training Fire Service teams in wide area missing person search.

He has contributed nationally to flood research projects funded by DEFRA and worked at Silver Command level during the 2014 floods in Surrey, coordinating the Lowland Rescue response alongside the Fire and Rescue Service.

Paul Savage OBE BSc SRP – Independent Medical Solutions Consultant / University Lecturer

Paul spent the first 20 years of his working life as a Chartered Physiotherapist specialising in spinal pain.
 As a hobby from 1985-date, he has been volunteer lifeboat crew, initially at Poole, Dorset and currently Tower Lifeboat in London.

He has always had an interest in remote and maritime paramedical medicine and turned hobby into job in 2005 joining the RNLI as Clinical Operations Manager. He was responsible for the operational medical response of all of the UK and Eire’s Lifeboat crew, Lifeguards and Flood Response teams, as well as the architect and custodian of the Clinical Governance of the RNLI.  He advised on all matters casualty care related - from kit carried, casualty care course design to casualty-friendly boat design.

For a complete step change of maritime medicine around the UK, Paul was awarded an OBE in December 2013.
Now self employed, Paul has a mixed portfolio of pre-hospital medical related work.
With extensive experience in Clinical Governance provision, Paul is a Clinical Governance Consultant for Promedsol embedded into emergency services across the sector as well as Industry.  He designs from scratch bespoke and appropriate clinical governance systems, overseeing the project from inception to delivery.

He also lectures in BSc Paramedic Science at Bournemouth University and is an ALS, EPLS, ATACC and MIMMS instructor /provider. He is also an instructor for specialist elite sections of the UK Military.
Paul is Chairman of the UK Search and Rescue Medical Group which shapes the future and direction of UK SAR medicine, and is a member of the Main Advisory Board and the Training and Standards Board of the Faculty of Pre-Hospital care of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh).