THE past few months alone have tested resilience and emergency professionals across the world, as well as closer to home: the dreadful flooding in Cornwall, severe winter weather across the UK and the student riots in London.
Further afield we witnessed the catastrophic flooding and cyclone in Australia, the Chilean miners’ rescue, the earthquake in New Zealand and mudslides in Brazil.
These events are now all too common place and enough to make you pencil in July 5 – 6 in your diary in order to make sure you attend the most comprehensive, professional Symposium in the UK.
The Emergency Planning Society has joined forces with the organisers of the Emergency Services Show who will be running the Emergency Scotland 2011 Exhibition – Scotland’s only Exhibition for anyone involved in emergency planning, response or recovery – alongside the Symposium.
The partnership allows a comprehensive Symposium and Exhibition to take place side-by-side, bringing together resilience and emergency professionals under one roof – the SECC, Glasgow.
This year’s Symposium theme is: CONDITION CRITICAL: A SYMPOSIUM FOR RESILIENCE PROFESSIONALS
The Symposium offers a range of subjects with over 20 sessions aimed at tackling the most important issues in our profession, including: case studies, (lessons identified from the past 12 months), expert insights, master classes, energising practitioner skills and importantly offers an opportunity to horizon scan and gain insight into future risks and the environments we face.
This year sees a fresh, exciting programme providing delegates with a myriad of choice and topics aligned to national risks, dynamic and topical and at the forefront of our profession highlighting the most important issues, including, Critical National Infrastructure, ‘Economic, Social and Political Wellbeing of the UK’, Exposed to the Elements, ‘Nature the Adversary’ and National Security and Emerging Issues.
Academic sessions will also be facilitated, helping to bridge the gap between Academics and the Profession.
Chair of the EPS, Marc Beveridge, said: “The resilience profession faces a number of key challenges in a world of uncertainty. The road ahead is a rocky one; the need for innovation and creativity ‘doing more with less’, developing our knowledge and skills, ensuring that we are at the forefront and cutting edge of our profession has never been so critical.”
Following on from the success of the annual Emergency Services Show, Emergency Scotland 2011 will provide a fresh and more convenient opportunity for emergency services personnel and planning officers from Scotland, the North of England, Ireland and Scandinavia to attend a dedicated Exhibition.
Additionally, this free-to-attend exhibition will provide visitors the opportunity to speak to exhibitors about how they might achieve better ways to operate efficiently in the current economic climate.
The exhibition is open to emergency professionals and is considered crucial for those with a role in operations, procurement, training, recruitment, emergency planning and business continuity.
The types of products on show from exhibitors includes: Communications and IT, First Response Equipment, PPE, Station Equipment, Training and Education, Vehicles and Vehicle Equipment, Business Continuity and Outsourcing.
David Brown, organiser of Emergency Scotland 2011, said: “We have already had a great response to exhibitors reserving space. In addition to trade exhibitors displaying the latest equipment there will also be up to 30 end users exhibiting in their own right within the Emergency Response Zone which will be great networking opportunities for emergency and resilience professionals.”
Early bird rates which include one night’s B&B accommodation are available until April 23rd.
For more information, or to book your place, visit: http://www.epsresiliencesymposium2011.org
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