26th June - 28th June, 2018 | London

Mr Adam Erland

Training and Operations Advisor
Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary


Workshop Concept
This scenario-based workshop will explore an effective approach to conducting mass-rescue operations in an austere maritime environment. For SAR practitioners operating and responsible for Search and Regions in the Arctic, the rise in maritime adventure tourism may place considerable strain on local resources. Onshore and air/marine resources would be challenged during the initial Rescue Response Phase and later during Casualty Management.
With poor communication, vast distances between populated areas and scarce infrastructure what would the coordinated international SAR response look like? How can these challenges be overcome to ensure that, should a tourist vessel be in distress, the international rescue effort is targeted, rapid and of sufficient scale?

The Scenario
A tourist vessel carrying 120 passengers and crew is on a voyage, North of the Arctic Circle with an area of ice infested waters close by. The vessel finds itself in distress and immediately activates the onboard EPIRB.
The distress signal is picked up by a MRCC/JRCC which immediately starts to coordinate a response with local, national and international assets. Various agencies and SAR partners are also engaged to assist with the rescue operation.

Key Questions
  • How can a rescue mission at scale respond rapidly enough to prevent loss of life in cold water?
  • How can situational awareness be improved in the most remote maritime environments, in order to minimise delay in response?
  • How can data supporting the rescue mission be coordinated so that the approach of all participating personnel is optimised?

By Attending this workshop, you will:
  • Understand how data can be leveraged to maximise early warning and rate of response
  • Explore opportunities for improving situational awareness in regions where satellite coverage and communications are lacking
  • Establish how platforms deploying to a mass-rescue mission need to be upgraded to support multiple casualties
  • Identify the training requirements of practitioners responding to mass-rescue operations

About your workshop leader:

Adam Erland specializes in the field of Emergency Response Management. During his 35 years with the Canadian Coast Guard he has worked in maritime operations such as search and rescue, navigational waterway design, vessel traffic regulation, coast radio communication and adult training in emergency response. Adam has experience as a first responder, managing Joint Rescue Coordination Centers and has trained marine personnel and enforcement agencies in Fast Rescue Craft operations and on scene resource management. Presently, he volunteers with the Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary as their Training and Operations Advisor and is the principle contractor for Frontier Emergency Management Solutions. 

1200 Arrival and Registration
1300 Opening Remarks: Workshop Goals
1315 SESSION 1: Introducing the Scenario – Setting the parameters of SAR in the Arctic
1400 Roundtable Activities
Roundtable 1: Fusing data sources to complete the operational picture
Roundtable 2: Using aircraft to support a rapid response
Roundtable 3: Coordinating the approach from the mission control centre
1500 Coffee and Networking
1530 Summative Session: Establishing the end-to-end approach to emergency response
1615 Closing Remarks and Recommendations
1645 Close of Session


  • Updating the training approach to support readiness for a diverse mission brief. Identifying the demands of a large-scale rescue
  • Coordinating the resources of multiple agencies to support mass-rescue scenarios. Improving area coverage to promote rapid response, even in remote environments
  • Establishing a blended approach to live and simulated training to ensures high readiness

Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Mr Adam.

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