Crisis Response Journal


:: Conference Agenda

October 18, 2007

    Start of Workshop
09.00 - 16.00   Water and Flood Incident Management Workshop (see Workshop agenda>)
    Start of Conference
16.00 - 16.20   Arrival & Conference Registration / Coffee Break
16.20 - 16.30   Welcome & Opening Remarks
Chair of the evening - CFO Paul Hayden
16.30 - 17.15   Climate change and its impact upon community risks and the First Responder
Dr Hayley Fowler, NERC Research Fellow in Water Resources, Newcastle University, UK.
17.15 - 17.25   Climate Change – what does it mean for the FRS? What of the future challenges?CFO Paul Hayden
17.25 - 17.45  

The European Perspective:
EU Flood Command Project.
Mr Jeremy Azis - Project Board Member

17.45 - 18.05  

The European Perspective and the Chain of Safety Project.
Ms Rosanna Briggs - Deputy County Emergency Planning Officer, Essex County Council. Will provide the European Perspective for Flood Contingency Planning and the Chain of Safety Project.

18.05 - 18.25  

Paul O’Sullivan. Director Rescue 3 (UK).
Will outline the vital steps in ensuring that it is “fit for purpose”, a strategic perspective, to discharge your duty of care

18.25 -18.45   Flood Management and Emergency Response in The Netherlands – a perspective
Rob K. Brons, Commandant Brandweer Den Haag.
18.45 - 18.55   Open Forum / Questions and discussion “Will we be ready?”
19.30 - 22.00   Dinner with after dinner speakers:

USA / UK Joint Working
CFO Paul Hayden will introduce a short film previewing the work with Deputy Chief Jeff Dulin, Charlotte Fire Department, USA. He will describe the work of a UK team (with team members present) in research, training in the USA, and their subsequent deployments, the lessons learnt for water rescue and MMFE and the opportunities for advancement will be identified.

October 19, 2007

08.30 - 09.00   Reception/Registration & Coffee
09.00 - 09.15  

Welcome & Opening Remarks.
Chairman - Michael D Brown
Prior to 2005 Mr Brown was Head of FEMA and was with the agency through its highest level of activities in its 26-year history. He has experience of hundreds of disasters, including the September 11th attacks in New York and the Pentagon, the Bam Iran earthquake, the Californian and Western US Wildfire seasons, the tsunami in South Asia, together with the unprecedented outbreaks of extreme weather conditions of hurricanes in the South eastern United States, culminating with Hurricane Katrina.

09.35 - 9.55   The UK’s Central Government Response for flooding emergencies and capabilities arrangements.
9.55 - 10.15  

UK Overview of the CFOA Flood Management Project.
Paul Hayden CFO – Chair of the Fire and Rescue Service Inland Water Strategy Group to CFOA Operations Committee.
Provides an overview of Fire and Rescue Service historic response to flood events and inland waterway emergencies. Describe the drivers for CFOA’s research project, its methodology and partners, along with its key findings.

10.15 - 10.35   Coffee
10.35 - 12.00  

The ‘Major Flood Event Incidents’, in the UK, 2007 - Incident descriptions, challenges and risks, the factual Case Studies.
Speakers to cover (TBC):

  • The South Yorkshire Area Floods
    Mark Whyman ACC,
    South Yorkshire Police
    Mark Smitherman CFO
    South Yorkshire Fire Rescue Service
  • The Gloucestershire floods and the emergency response, Glouvestershire CC
  • The Hereford & Worcestershire floods
    Paul Amos, IWSG and H&WFRS
12.00 - 13.00  

The ‘FRNCC’ and ‘National Flood Advice Support Team’ to the Summer 2007 Storms. The external support responses as factual case studies:

  • Hugh Fogarty, RNLI Operations - the RNLI flood response
  • Chief Fire Officer P C Toase, West Yorkshire FRS on the FRNCC,
  • Speaker TBC on the ‘CLG – EISG team regarding deployment of HVP’s’
  • Paul Hayden CFO on ‘Establishment of the CFOA Flood Advice Support Team’, in operation and ‘establishing classification criterion’.
13.00 - 14.00   Lunch
14.00 - 14.30  

The Police Dimension & The Civil Resilience issues.
Gary Locker - ACPO police Liaison, Cabinet Office.
Will discuss the Police national dimension of preparedness for major flood and weather related events which impact catastrophically on our human communities and what climate change will bring; he will also look into the future and provide with an update of the Police response to the floods of 2007.



14.30 - 15.00  

The MoD Dimension.
Flight Lieutenant Gerry Taylor ARCC, RAF Kinloss
Will outline MoD air rescue assets, how they fit into the overall framework and how they cooperate with co-first responders, using as a basis the UK experience(s) of June and July 2007 and examining the future and what it may hold

15.00 - 15.30   Coffee
15.30 - 16.00  

Climate, the Major Threats – Storms, Flooding and Triggers for Response.
Malcolm Weatherall - Met Office, Exeter.
Will describe the direct effects of climate change on emergency service operations and the contribution that weather and environmental analysis can make to response operations based on his recent experience as a member of the first ever CFOA National Flood Support team set up at H&WFRS HQ during the UK floods of June and July 2007

16.00 - 16.15  

Flood Experiences – Lessons from recent experiences in USA and UK, Joint Working. The way forward for the future. What have we, the first responders done – where are we going?
CFO Paul Hayden. 

16.15 - 16.45  

Speaker’s Forum & Discussions:
The future for joined up response work – pan emergency services/first responders working.
What needs to be done? Future expectations.

    Close of day and departure