Hazmat event – once again a success!
2019’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.
‘The main strength of this event is taking time-out to discuss and think about response strategies and options, with likeminded professionals.’ – AstraZeneca
Organised by the National Chemical Emergency Centre (NCEC), this year’s conference returned to the Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon on 15 and 16 May. The event featured a total of 16 different parallel sessions consisting of a mixture of interactive discussions, practical workshops and informative presentations, which were hosted by expert speakers from the hazmat and chemical incident industry.
2019 also saw a return of the popular pre-conference workshop, this year delivered by Chris Scott, Ricardo’s crisis management expert, on ‘Understanding the dynamics of emotional response’. The workshop was sponsored by the Fire Service College and was an interactive, helpful and informative session for the attendees. The workshop was followed by the barbecue, overlooking the beautiful riverside and was sponsored by Ambipar Response.
‘Once again this event was very relevant and informative throughout.’ – Essex County Fire & Rescue Services
The conference was opened by event Chairman and NCEC Practice Director, Jonathan Gibbard, and featured a keynote talk from Dave Walton (National Fire Chiefs Council, and Hazmat Lead and Deputy Chief Fire Officer at West Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service). The keynote was delivered via a webcam and made for an interesting start to the event.
The two-day programme featured a 28-strong list of expert speakers from a range of sectors and organisations, including Emergent BioSolutions, Resilience Advisors NetworkHazmat Training Ltd., Ambipar Response Ltd., Tactical Hazmat and experts from various Fire & Rescue Services from around the United Kingdom, France and Austria. Speakers covered topics including the responses to a WW2 Chemical warfare agent exposure; toxicology and treatment for chemical nerve exposure; responder safety from exposure to hazardous materials in the workplace and a case study on Tesla vehicle fire, which proved to be a very popular session. This year, we were again 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, Gareth Chilcott, a former rugby player who played for the Lions, England and Bath, creating an extra buzz at the event.
“Excellent 2 days updating us on the latest equipment and techniques as well as a great opportunity to network and share learning.” – Hereford & Worcestershire Fire & Rescue Services
This year’s conference finished with ’The weird and wonderful of Hazmat’ session which included some peculiar case studies from the hazmat industry, delivered in a novel interactive manner that proved popular with delegates, and saw team Hazibo crowned the winner of the quiz.
‘Has re-ignited my enthusiasm in Hazmat’ – Louth County Fire & Rescue Services
‘Good knowledgeable presenters, well organised & great location.’ – Tyne & Wear Fire & Rescue Services
Planning for 2020’s conference on 13-14 May at the Crowne Plaza, Stratford-upon-Avon is already underway. Registration is set to open in July. To find out more about the Hazmat event and stay up to date with upcoming details contact [email protected].
‘Thank you for the last couple of days. I walk away motivated to improve my organisation in Hazmat.’ – Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Services