26th June - 28th June, 2018 | London

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 SAR

Mr 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 Torbet

Director, UK Search and Rescue
Bristow Helicopters Ltd

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

Mr 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 
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Mr Rob Priestley

International 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 SERVICE

Mr 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
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Mr Staale Jamtli

Chief Operations Officer
JRCC Southern Norway

12:00 pm - 12:40 pm TECHNICAL GAPS IN THE IMPROVEMENT OF SEARCH AND RESCUE PLANNING

Mr 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. 
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Mr Kenneth Moser

SAR Policy Chief
US Coast Guard

12:40 pm - 1:20 pm SOLAS OBLIGATIONS AND THE CONDUCT OF SEARCH AND RESCUE IN A SMALL JURISDICTION

Mr Scott Simmons - Maritime Safety and Security Coordinator, Department of Marine and Ports Government of Bermuda
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Mr Scott Simmons

Maritime 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 UNDERVALUED

Mr 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?
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Mr Pete Rollason

Head 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?
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Colonel Bruno Kuehberger

Chief 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

5:30 pm - 5:40 pm CLOSE OF DAY ONE