• It is with great excitement that we announce the topics and content of this year’s pre-conference workshops. We have brought together world experts to share their first hand experiences with you.

    The 6th of November will feature two workshops, both looking at different elements of the response spectrum.

     

    CBRNE ‘High Threat’ Exercise


    Training and exercising are inextricably linked to achieve success. We often fail to use lessons identified to embed changes in our processes or practices.

    This exercise will gather key individuals together and by exposing them to learning material and other stimuli, allow them to consider the issues or problems that they will be presented with during the scenario.

    ‘The ability to be able to quickly evaluate and characterise a scene is vital, requiring a combination of CBRNE and multi-agency skills… yet to do it surreptitiously, so that the perpetrator is unaware of it, is even more important. This three hour workshop/exercise will look at a police force that has routinely coordinated and directed the investigation through establishing the ability to gather intelligence / information in a discrete manner. They have operationally deployed to high threat CBRNE scenes at times of a known threat to planned events and other CBRNE related incidents.

    Our workshop leaders have first-hand experience of the skills and requirements to identify and assess sites and are able to share these procedures with workshop participants. They will be able to talk about how they built the capability up, determine courses of action when you discover ‘forks in the road’ (are we dealing with Chemical manufacture, explosives, illicit narcotics) and how they have used this in real life situations.

    The advantages of this event are:

    • Provides an ‘espresso’ style learning opportunity to key individuals.
    • Scalable response to meet the threat profile.
    • Focuses on specific command and specialist areas.
    • Highlight interoperability opportunities.
    • Reflect on your agency response and seek to identify any gaps/development that become evident.

    Who should attend: Law enforcement, crime scene investigators, special forces, military CBRN units, EOD teams, hazmat technicians


    Gareth Roberts:
    Gareth is an experienced and motivated Police Officer with over 22 years’ service working within the Specialists Operations Unit of a leading UK Police Force, South Wales Police. His primary role is embedded within the Public Order and Counter Terrorism (CT) / Domestic Extremism (DE) related environments.

    Current responsibilities:
    • Developer and Team leader of the CBRNE Covert Assessment Team.
    • Development of intelligence, planning and effecting covert operations to dismantle Organised   Crime Groups and Counter Terrorism networks.
    • Developing and delivering specialist National Public Order and Counter Terrorism training to   Police, key stakeholders and multi-agency partners.
    • Planner and entry/search Team Leader to high profile National Counter Terrorism arrest phases


    Christopher Thomas:
    Christopher is an experienced and motivated Police Officer with over 18 years’ service working within the Specialists Operations Unit of a leading UK Police Force, South Wales Police. His primary role is embedded within the Public Order and Counter Terrorism (CT) / Domestic Extremism (DE) related environments.

    Current responsibilities:
    • Development of intelligence, planning and effecting covert/overt operations to dismantle Organised Crime Groups and Counter Terrorism networks Developing and delivering specialist National Public Order and Counter Terrorism training to Police, key stakeholders and multi-agency partners.
    • Planner and entry/search Team Leader to high profile National CT arrest

    Both Gareth and Christopher’s versatility and proficiency are highly respected within the security sector which has led to National and International recognition of their work within the CBRNE work streams. Their expertise within the operational and training arenas along with their interpersonal skills have been utilised across varying public and private organisation to advance CBRNE operational tactics which has been integral in the development of the Covert assessment Team concept developed and led by South Wales Police.


    ‘After the Smoking Crater’ – How interoperability and training improve mass fatality response

    Sadly successful terrorist events are plaguing cities as far apart as London, Barcelona, Toronto and Orlando. These require not only finely honed law enforcement skills, but also the other attendant skill sets, including mortuary and pathology professionals.

    This workshop will look at three real incidents, that utilised a range of methods including IEDs, vehicles, blades and firearms, and the challenge these presented to the health professionals. These will then look at what might have happened should the terrorists have utilised CBRN devices in addition to their chosen weapons and how that might have created new problems to be overcome.

    Workshop leaders have dealt with two London attacks, a Manchester and Orlando attack and will host a discussion to show how this capability can be built and improved on and provide practical information to delegates

    Who should attend: health professionals, mortuary managers, pathologists, law enforcement


    Allan Cordwell:
    Allan Cordwell has worked for the NHS since 1997 firstly as a Registered Adult Nurse then progressing to the position of Senior Charge Nurse, in which part of his role involved development of a departmental Chemical Incident response and training programme. Allan has presented papers to a variety of specialist conferences on the development of CBRNE/Hazmat response and resilience establishing international links with the Israeli Defence Force, CBRN Academy in the Netherlands, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Centres for Disease Control & Prevention, National Guard Bureau – Domestic Operations in the United States, National Civil Protection in Madrid. His unit also supports the development of UK National CBRN guidance and training for health.


    Zoe Rutherford:
    Zoe worked for the NHS in London for 16 years, 12 of which were spent in a mortuary setting working up from Trainee Anatomical Pathology Technologist to Mortuary Manager. She developed a love for all things CBRN when she began assisting with post mortem examinations on Individual Chemical Exposure (ICE) cases in 2009.  The cases were primarily suicides involving Hydrogen Cyanide and Hydrogen Sulphide with the odd ‘unknown chemical’ thrown in to keep us on our toes. She spent a lot of time working with the Metropolitan Police Dedicated CBRN Unit and HART on these cases and this made for a great educational experience and enhanced her interest in not only the chemicals she was dealing with but also the different types of PPE available, types of DIM equipment and how they worked etc. Zoe joined the CBRNe World team in 2017 as the Marketing & Communications Manager so that she could continue to pursue her learning and love of all things CBRN. 


    Dr Joshua D. Stephany:
    Dr. Joshua Stephany, MD is a forensic pathology specialist in Orlando, FL and has been practicing for 11 years. He graduated from St Georges U in 2000 and specializes in forensic pathology. He is currently Chief Medical Examiner at District Nine Medical Examiner’s Office, Orlando

     

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