Conference Day One
8:00 am - 9:00 am REGISTRATION AND COFFEE
8:50 am - 9:00 am CHAIRMAN'S OPENING REMARKS
9:00 am - 9:40 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
9:40 am - 10:10 am THE APPLICATION OF TECHNOLOGY IN SARMr Russell Torbet - Director, UK Search and Rescue Bristow Helicopters Ltd
- UKSAR overview
- Commercial versus military
- Current technologies
- Risk identification and reduction
- Future technological applications
- Capability integration
Mr Russell TorbetDirector, UK Search and Rescue
Bristow Helicopters Ltd
10:10 am - 10:50 am SAR CHALLENGES IN REMOTE LOCATIONS – THE UK OVERSEAS TERRITORIES SAR CAPABILITY PROJECTMr Rob Priestley - International Projects Coordinator UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency
- 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
Mr Rob PriestleyInternational Projects Coordinator
UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency
10:50 am - 11:20 am MORNING COFFEE AND NETWORKING
11:20 am - 11:50 am NORWEGIAN SAR - A JOINT AND INTEGRATED SERVICEMr Staale Jamtli - Chief Operations Officer JRCC Southern Norway
- Authority - key to effectiveness
- How does a joint integrated service influence cost effectiveness?
- The integration of volunteers in a professional setting
Mr Staale JamtliChief Operations Officer
JRCC Southern Norway
12:00 pm - 12:40 pm TECHNICAL GAPS IN THE IMPROVEMENT OF SEARCH AND RESCUE PLANNINGMr Kenneth Moser - SAR Policy Chief US Coast Guard
- Disparity of position reporting equipment for Search and Rescue. Ensuring SAR Mission Coordinators know where an event is taking place and are able to direct resources for rescue.
- Flight Management System generation of Search Patterns. Enabling SAR Mission Coordinators to have confidence in evaluating Search patterns flown by Aviation resources.
- Detection and Identification of the SAR Object Library by “new” technology. Allowing SAR Planners to efficiently and quickly search areas based on Search Resource Unit equipment.
- Standards for MCC and State Beacon Databases. Reducing time to complete documentation and feedback on beacon effectiveness.
Mr Kenneth MoserSAR Policy Chief
US Coast Guard
12:40 pm - 1:20 pm SOLAS OBLIGATIONS AND THE CONDUCT OF SEARCH AND RESCUE IN A SMALL JURISDICTIONMr Scott Simmons - Maritime Safety and Security Coordinator, Department of Marine and Ports Government of Bermuda
Mr Scott SimmonsMaritime Safety and Security Coordinator, Department of Marine and Ports
Government of Bermuda
1:20 pm - 2:20 pm NETWORKING LUNCH
2:20 pm - 3:00 pm THE TRUE VALUE OF TECHNICAL TRAINING IN A WORLD WHERE IT IS UNDERVALUEDMr Pete Rollason - Head of Technical Training UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency
- 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?
Mr Pete RollasonHead of Technical Training
UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency
3:00 pm - 3:40 pm A NON-MARITIME CASE STUDY: WHERE DO PLATFORMS AND TRAINING FALL SHORT?Colonel Bruno Kuehberger - Chief Flight Safety and Chief MilRCC and Pilots Training Austrian Joint Forces, Air Staff
- 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?
Colonel Bruno KuehbergerChief Flight Safety and Chief MilRCC and Pilots Training
Austrian Joint Forces, Air Staff
3:40 pm - 4:10 pm AFTERNOON TEA AND NETWORKING
4:10 pm - 4:50 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
4:50 pm - 5:30 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