Fire service to review special rescue ops

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Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service is to host a national conference looking at the future of Urban Search and Rescue and special rescue.

It will feature key speakers from the government and shadow government, the Chief Fire Officers’ Association, Europe and the USA.

The event, called The future provision of special rescue skills to society: It’s more than Urban Search and Rescue, takes place on Thursday 12 April 2012, with a networking dinner on April 11.

The country’s 17 Urban Search and Rescue bases, including Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s in Aylesbury, provide the people, vehicles and equipment needed in the aftermath of major incidents such as collapsed buildings, major transportation incidents, natural disasters and terrorist activity.

Urban Search and Rescue teams also regularly work alongside firefighters to enhance public safety at incidents including road traffic collisions involving large goods vehicles, farm fires and incidents which leave buildings unstable.

Denis O’Driscoll, Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service’s Service Delivery Manager for Buckinghamshire, said: “This is a unique event as, to the best of our knowledge, nothing like it has previously been staged in the UK.

“It will provide the opportunity for a fresh examination of where we are now and where we need to go for the future, based on changing risk profiles and the economic outlook.”

The one-day event will take place from 9am to 6pm at the Doubletree by Hilton – part of the MK Dons’ stadiummk complex – in Milton Keynes. A networking dinner will be held at the venue on the evening of 11 April.

A 20 per cent early-bird discount is currently available - £199 + VAT for dinner, bed, breakfast and full-day conference including lunch, or £99 + VAT for the full-day conference including lunch.

To book a place, please email here Check the conference flyer here for speaker updates.

To discuss potential sponsorship opportunities, contact Denis O’Driscoll on 01296 744675 or email