Hazmat 2018 Roundup

Hazmat 2018 Roundup
02 July 2018

Another successful Hazmat! 

2018’s Hazmat proved once again that it is THE premier event of the year for hazmat professionals. The annual conference brought together professionals from a broad spectrum of fire and rescue services, police and industry to discuss, network and share experiences of working on the front line of hazardous material response.

‘An exceptional event for like-minded people sharing experiences and emerging issues.’

Organised by the National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC) and Tactical Hazmat, this year’s conference returned to the Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon on 23 and 24 May. The event featured a total of 15 different parallel sessions consisting of a mixture of interactive discussions, practical workshops and training scenarios, which were hosted by expert speakers from the hazmat and chemical incident industry.

The conference was opened by event Chairman and NCEC Practice Director, Jonathan Gibbard, and featured keynote talks from Dave Walton (National Fire Chiefs Council, and Hazmat Lead and Deputy Chief Fire Officer at West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service) and Roh Hathlia (Head of Dangerous Goods Division, Department for Transport).

The two-day programme featured a 20-strong list of expert speakers from a range of sectors and organisations, including the CBRN Centre, FLIR® Systems Inc, Bureau Veritas, the Department for Transport and the National Fire Chiefs Council. Speakers covered topics including the hazards of hydrogen-fuelled vehicles; responding to radiological emergencies; and attending incidents involving chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive (CBRNe) materials. This year, we were joined by several exhibitors who showcased the latest techniques, products and technologies aimed at the hazmat market .

The annual Hazmat dinner was concluded by a fantastic, entertaining after-dinner speaker who created an extra buzz at the event.

‘Hazmat  is a subject that we don’t always get to practise enough in an operational arena, so coming to an event like this and upskilling in areas that we don’t usually do is vital to any Hazmat officer and I would recommend that others come in the future.’

This year’s conference finished with an interactive courtroom scenario regarding an incident involving a hazardous material. In this session, delegates acted as the jury and gave their verdict. Feedback following the conference has been highly positive with attendees praising the quality of the speakers, the topics covered and the talks given.

‘Very useful and current on information on topical subjects.’

‘Excellent choice of workshops, good information to guide procurement, policy and training in the future.’

Planning for 2019’s conference on 15-16 May at the Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon is already underway. Registration is set to open in early autumn. To find out more about the Hazmat event and stay up to date with upcoming details, visit the event home page or contact [email protected].

‘Really enjoyed the conference over the last 2 days...the case studies gave an opportunity to learn from others about the successes and challenges that they face.’