Workshops and Scenarios

For 2017 delegates will be able to participate in two of the five available workshop sessions. The workshops are planned as below.

Workshop A – Hazard Categorisation (Field Chemistry)

Run by: Tactical Hazmat

Max number: 24

Back by popular demand! ‘Street Smart’ chemistry. This ‘hands on’ session will focus on basic tests and observations that can easily be applied at the incident scene. As with last year’s Hazmat Master Class this will be a hazard categorisation session using basic field chemistry techniques. The session will encompass both a theory and practical elements.


Workshop B – How Hazmat “Street Smart” Are You?

Run by: Mike Callan

Max number: 48

This workshop demonstrates an innovative way to evaluate your responders on hazardous materials response be they Awareness, Operations or Technician. Using a weighted scoring methodology and a practical way to monitor the answers, this process has been well received throughout the hazmat community as an interesting and, in many cases, challenging way to gauge yours and your department’s level of hazmat knowledge.


Workshop C – In depth case study

Run by: Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service

Max number: 48

Following on from previous years’ very open and honest case study sessions, Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service will be sharing their lessons learned from the recent Carlsberg incident in a walkthrough talk-through format..


Workshop D – Foam

Run by: Rob Mitchell, Tactical Hazmat and Martin Hough, Angus Fire

Max number: 24

The session will cover the basics of Fire Fighting Foam Compounds and which to use, an explanation of the conversion from C8 surfactants to C6 in Foam compounds, and a comparison between Modern Fluorinated foams and Fluorine Free Foams for environmental and fire extinguishing performance. The session will also include a real storage tank incident and a practical opportunity to use foam.


Workshop E – Scenario

Run by: Chris Lewis and Samuel Turner, NCEC

Max number: 24

Exercising plays an important role in maintaining the critical capabilities necessary for a fully integrated and effective emergency or crisis management setup. This workshop will provide delegates with an opportunity to integrate and discuss responses, issues, challenges and explore strategic and tactical solutions to a complex hazmat scenario. It will also allow delegates to share their own knowledge and experiences of handling hazmat incidents.

A summary of these workshops can be downloaded here for your reference.

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