26th June - 28th June, 2018 | London

Conference Day One

8:00 am - 9:00 am REGISTRATION AND COFFEE

9:00 am - 9:10 am CHAIRMAN'S OPENING REMARKS

9:10 am - 9:50 am MORNING KEYNOTE: COORDINATING SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS AT THE NATIONAL INTER-AGENCY LEVEL

  • Preparing for and coordinating rescue operations in Greenland during the extreme weather events of 2017, overcoming limitations to available resources by collaborating at a national level
  • Developing strategy and readiness to support rescue in an austere weather operating environment
  • Delivering a rescue strategy which is appropriate to confront a range of national emergencies, both on land and in a maritime environment

9:50 am - 10:30 am SAR CHALLENGES IN REMOTE LOCATIONS – THE UK OVERSEAS TERRITORIES SAR CAPABILITY PROJECT

  • SAR challenges in small communities and remote locations – common themes, risks and threat   
  • Delivering a highly-responsive and effective SAR capability in austere domains with limited resources
  • Defining the direction of the UK’s future overseas SAR capability – Cross OT and regional cooperation with government organisations and industry partners 

10:30 am - 11:10 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING

11:10 am - 11:50 am SEARCH AND RESCUE IN EXTREME WEATHER ENVIRONMENTS

  • Overcoming the demands of cold weather. Ensuring that vessels can operate effectively in sub-zero temperatures
  • What does the ideal SAR mission coordinator look like? How does the JRCC train its coordinators to ensure that they execute an appropriate response to emergency?
  • Coordinating information from satellites to optimise the response. Ensuring the information reaches the coordinator on time to support mission delivery

11:50 am - 12:30 pm LEVERAGING A MULTI-NATIONAL APPROACH TO SEARCH AND RESCUE TO IMPROVE AREA COVERAGE AND RATE OF RESPONSE

  • Supporting SAR cooperation between 11 states via the establishment of a Regional Aeronautical Search and Rescue Advisory Committee, and increasing regional compliance with international SAR regulation
  • Finding opportunities to increase interoperability and asset-sharing between participating nations. Training together to deliver a standardised approach to emergency response
  • Developing an understanding of regional capabilities to promote an effective development strategy

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm THE TRUE VALUE OF TECHNICAL TRAINING IN A WORLD WHERE IT IS UNDERVALUED

  • Why is training so valuable and how can we make it better for our people and our organisation?
  • Establishing an appropriate balance between live and virtual training. To what extent can simulated solutions support technical training for crews and first responders? 
  • How the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency collaborate with other agencies to deliver technical training for its SAR operators and how this could benefit your organisation?

2:40 pm - 3:20 pm A NON-MARITIME CASE STUDY: WHERE DO PLATFORMS AND TRAINING FALL SHORT?

  • The Austrian Air Force’s experience of preparing for mountain search and rescue. Developing a training facility that delivers specialist training for operations in mountainous environments, and applying those lessons to a broader approach to SAR training
  • The search for a small rotary platform that can operate close to terrain without the blowback of a larger helicopter
  • To what extent can simulated training support the live training exercises of the Air Force, and where do currently available simulations fall short?

3:20 pm - 3:50 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING

3:50 pm - 4:30 pm SUPPORTING TECHNICAL TRAINING FOR SAR OPERATIONS IN A REMOTE MOUNTAIN ENVIRONMENT

  • Ensuring that personnel are equipped to operate alongside, on-board and immediately beneath the helicopter in an austere mountain environment
  • Collaborating with a commercial partner to replicate the operational environment in a live training scenario
  • Training the multi-role responder to deliver technical rescue and casualty care when airborne MEDEVAC is unable to reach the scene quickly
  • Gap-filing when capabilities are absent. Training practitioners to optimise the search for casualties when situational awareness tools are limited or unavailable

4:30 pm - 5:10 pm PANEL DISCUSSION: ADAPTING THE APPROACH TO TECHNICAL TRAINING TO CONSIDER OPERATIONAL COMPLEXITY AND TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION

  • What are the prospects of standardising a multi-agency, commercially-supported approach to training for operations in the mountain and maritime environments?
  • What are the limitations of simulated technology when it comes to training pilots and crews? To what extent is VR an adequate substitute for live exercise?
  • Identifying an approach to training which takes account of the remote operating environment. Sustaining an effective search capability when resources – particularly communications – are limited

5:10 pm - 5:20 pm CLOSE OF DAY ONE