The Lancashire Group of the Institution of Fire Engineers, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and The University of Central Lancashire present -
Storms Desmond and Eva – Lessons Learned
In December 2015 the impact of Storms Desmond and Eva generated the need for unprecedented levels of sustained and co-ordinated response from the full spectrum of Category 1 and 2 responders, alongside a range of volunteer and third sector bodies. This period of events saw all organisations rise to the challenge, not just in their own right, but also as partners collaborating effectively in a sustained manner. Ultimately the response was successful but as the waters subsided and recovery began, the opportunity for those involved to reflect on their preparedness and response was taken, using individual and shared debriefing processes. The events provided a new level of understanding of the challenges extreme weather could bring and this has enabled the organisations involved to identify crucial ‘key lessons learned.
The aim of this one day IFE seminar is to bring together a number of key organisations to share their experience and learning with others who are likely to face such challenges in the future. This will help to inform pre-planning and risk management processes and is in addition to existing information sharing platforms.
The event is open to non-members and will be of interest to managers working in resilience and response and emergency planning roles, such as those within Fire and Rescue Services, Police, Ambulance Trusts, Local Authorities, Utility Providers, Volunteer Responders and Mobilising; as well as professionals and academics with an interest in multi-agency working and responding to extreme weather.
Refreshments and lunch will be provided.
This event has been awarded 5 1/2 CPD hours from the Institution of Fire Engineers.
Opening address by Chief Fire Officer of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service-
Chris Kenny QFSM MA MSc CEng
with the following organisations presenting papers -
Julian Hilditch MSc - Home Office National Resilience Fire Directorate/Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser Team
The Fire & Rescue Service National Response to Emergencies.
Julian joined Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) in 1986 and has served as an operational firefighter and officer in the Service. In 2010 he was appointed Director of Emergency Response for SFRS and oversees responsibilities for Response Strategy, Training and Development, Health and Safety, Fire Control, Appliance and Equipment Procurement and National Resilience Assets.
In 2014 Julian took up a secondment opportunity within the Department of Communities and Local Government. The role includes providing support and advice on National Resilience Policy for the Fire and Rescue Service and providing support to the Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser. Furthermore, whilst on secondment he has provided technical advice for the “Adrian Thomas Review” and has completed a national assurance assessment of the FRS’s Marauding Terrorist Firearms capability and contributed to the 2015 revised publication of the National Co-ordination Advisory Framework (NCAF).
Mike Coward - ResilienceDirect
Shared Situational Awareness through ResilienceDirect
The first 24 years of Mike’s career was spent working in a number of different scientific disciplines within both the public and private sector. These included the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, GlaxoChem and North West Water. Mike’s career took a major change of direction in 1989 when he became an Emergency Planning Officer with Cumbria County Council. This role encompassed Risk Management, Emergency Planning and Business Continuity. He had specific responsibility for the maintenance and associated testing and exercise regime for the COMAH sites within Cumbria as well as many aspects associated with Emergency preparedness relating to Sellafield Ltd and BAE Systems Submarine.
In his 24 years with Cumbria County Council, Mike was involved in numerous emergencies including the management of Kosovar Refugees in Cumbria (1999), the Foot & Mouth disease outbreak in (2001), a serious outbreak of Legionella in Barrow-in-Furness (2002), numerous utility outages and several severe weather incidents including two severe flooding events (2005) and (2009), the Grayrigg Train Crash (2007) and the West Cumbria Shootings (2010)
April 2014 Mike started his own Company, Resilience Planning Solutions (RPS) Ltd which provides assistance to organisations who want support with Risk Management, Business Continuity and Emergency Planning. He is a member of the two leading resilience professional bodies, the Emergency Planning Society and the Business Continuity Institute. RPS specialise in the support of ResilienceDirect (RD) and have a Contract with the Cabinet Office to provide the national RD Support Desk. In addition, RPS Ltd have numerous other clients in the public and private sector.
Alan Wilton - Head of Service for Lancashire County Council Health, Safety and Resilience Service
2015 Winter Floods – The LCC Continuing Response
Alan has worked in emergency planning since 1987. Roles within his career have included working for the metropolitan county (GMFCDA), health authorities, PCTs, HPA and Shire County prior to gaining his current positon. He has worked across the counties of the northwest and has been involved in the management of numerous large scale incidents including the Strangeways Riots, the Manchester Bombing, the Cumbrian floods of 2005 and 2009 and numerous Lancashire Flooding events.
Alan has spoken at a number of national conferences on a range of subjects and is a member of the UK team that provided CBRN training to the Greek Health Service in preparation for the Athens Olympics.
Alan Goodman - MetOffice North West England Civil Contingencies Advisor
December 2015 - Challenges and Lesson Learned
Alan gained a BSc in Chemistry in 1984, an MSc in Meteorology in 1985 and a PhD in Climatology in 1989. He then joined the Met Office in 1990 and spent the first 16 years of his career as a forecaster dealing with local, national and international weather. Alan acquired his current position of NW England Civil Contingencies Advisor in October 2006 with the aim of providing high quality meteorological support to the emergency response community.
Alan is now part of an 18-strong team of advisors based in Manchester that provide advice and expertise across the length and breadth of the UK.
Mandy Ingham - Electricity North West Ltd Security and Resilience Manager
Storms and Floods lessons learned and forward thinking
Mandy has worked in the electricity industry for over twenty-four years. During the last fifteen years she has been involved in ensuring that Electricity North West is fully prepared for the eventuality of many different incidents. Her role includes assessing and implementing actions from lessons learned during previous events and ensuring that staff, who may be involved in a response capability are sufficiently trained. In addition to this Mandy has further experience of emergency planning and sits on a number of external working groups with other industry and local government representatives.
Gary Parsons - Co-founder Bay Search and Rescue
Supporting the Statuary Services
No Longer Speaking
Mark Hutton - Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service Area Manager
Storms Desmond and Eva – Lessons Learned
Mark joined Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service as a firefighter in 1991, serving in a range of operational and managerial roles across Lancashire until his promotion to Area Manager in 2015. As the Head of Training and Operational Review, Mark is responsible for training and operational review strategy and delivery. Mark has trained to Incident Command Level 4 and Multi-Agency Gold Incident Command.
During the 2015 December storms, Mark managed the LFRS Command Support room. Following the events, Mark oversaw the delivery and collation of a wide range of debrief processes to form a single, service wide improvement action plan.
Tessa Tracey - North West Fire Control Operations Manager
Storms Desmond and Eva – Co-ordination of FRS response – Lessons Learned
Tessa has worked within the Fire and Rescue Service Command and Control environment for over thirty-six years and has a wealth of experience in managing operation incidents. Tessa worked for Lancashire Fire and Rescue (LFRS) for thirty-four years and for the last two years Tessa has been in post as an Operations Manager at North West Fire Control with primary responsibilities for Strategic Operational Incident Management, Business Continuity and Personnel Management
In 2014 four North West Fire Services; Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and Cumbria made a ground breaking decision to bring together their Command and Control Functions. NWFC covers a diverse range of terrain and infrastructure ranging from remote rural to dense urban and therefore mobilise to an extensive number and variety of incident types. NWFC handled in excess of 112,000 calls in 2014–15 and were inundated with calls due to flooding relating to Storms Desmond and Eva.
Tessa has a Certificate in Education, a BA Honours Degree in Education and Training and ILM Level 5 Qualification.
Keith Ashcroft - Environment Agency Deputy Director Operations
From Abigail to Frank: Looking Back - Moving Forward
Keith is a Deputy Director with the Environment Agency and their Area Manager for Cumbria and Lancashire. He is an experienced senior environmental leader - leading a multi-disciplinary team of 400 environmental professionals delivering wide ranging environmental protection, regulation and improvement in NW England. He has provided strategic leadership of Major Incident response and recovery including Cumbria and Lancashire Floods in 2009 and 2015 as well as sponsorship of major flood risk infrastructure development including Cockermouth, Warrington and the £86m Lancashire Coastal Protection programme. He has extensive experience of environmental issues from environmental monitoring and planning to regulation of major industry including chemical, waste, onshore oil and gas and nuclear sectors.
He currently contributes to national leadership in issues including waste regulation, improving fisheries, biodiversity, land and water quality, nuclear new build and onshore oil and gas. He has a strong record of effective partnership development at senior level including chairing NW River Basin Liaison Panel, strategic overview of environmental risk and opportunity in major regeneration and growth programmes including Media City and Cumbria and Lancashire Local Enterprise Partnerships. His international experience includes supporting governance and capacity development including work in South Africa, Nigeria and Madagascar as well as nuclear regulation in France an Belgium.
Inspector David Old - Lancashire Constabulary Civil Contingencies Unit
Lessons learned - 2015 Winter Floods
David joined the Police in 1989 and has worked predominantly in the uniformed operations environment. He is currently a Police Search Advisor (PolSA) and manages the Police Civil Contingencies Unit. The Civil Contingencies Unit performs a key role within the Lancashire Resilience Forum (LRF) in multi-agency planning and preparedness for emergencies and provides Gold support in times of emergency. David chairs the Strategic Co-ordination Centre (SCC) user group and is the SCC manager ensuring that the Gold Command Suite is kept in a state of readiness and that sufficient logistical support is available when it is activated.
Major Mark Bridge - 42 Northwest Brigade Senior Military Liaison Officer responsible for UK Resilience Operations
Op SHAKU - Military support to the floods in the NW
Mark joined the Kings Regiment (Territorial Army) in 1989 as a private soldier and was then commissioned at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) in 1991. While still serving in the Territorial Army he also joined Merseyside Police in 1993. After numerous command appointments in the Territorial Army he became the commanding officer of ‘A’ Kings Company in Liverpool, before leaving regimental duties to become second in command of Liverpool University Officers Training Corps, after attending a Senior Command and Staff Course at Shrivenham. He then moved to the Army Training Unit (NW) and in 2014 became the Assistant Joint Regional Liaison Officer (AJRLO) of HQ 42nd Infantry Brigade.
His current role is as a Senior Military Liaison Officer (SMLO) responsible for UK Resilience Operations. This provides Military Liaison Officer (MLO) training to Brigade Units and Military support and Liaison with all Cat 1 and 2 Responders throughout the NW Region. He also has the responsibility as training officer for the Brigade Reinforcement Team commanded, by the JRLO Colonel Ray Carolin. Mark has deployed on Operation Shaku, Operation Protector (Conservative Party Conference), Operation Prismed (Ambulance Strike) and taken part in numerous partner agency training exercises.
HQ 42nd Infantry Brigade and HQ NW are responsible to provide the Joint Military Commander (JMC) for any UK Operation within NW Region. The Brigade will provide MLOs in support of Strategic Co-ordinating Group (SCG), Tactical Co-ordinating Group (TCG) and operational deployments and will assist with Military Aid to the Civil Authority (MACA) requests. They will force generate soldiers (via HQ Standing Joint Command (SJC)) in order to support the required military efforts during the operation and provide Command, Control and Communications support via the Brigade Operation room at Fulwood Barracks.
Mark’s aim is to deliver a presentation on Operation SHAKU (Military support to the floods in the NW). This will cover the initial response from 42 Brigade and the deployment of the UK Standby Battalion to Cumbria and Lancashire, plus the assets provided during the operation and the military role during the recovery phase.