Tim Rogers (Charlotte Fire Department)

Tim Rogers



Battalion Chief Tim Rogers is a 30+ year veteran of the Charlotte Fire Department, currently assigned to Battalion 3 of the Operations Division.

Chief Rogers is an Instructor Trainer for Rescue 3 International, coordinator of his department’s flood response and notification programme, as well as serving as a member of the city and county Flood Information Notification System leadership committee. He serves as the Technician Group Leader and training coordinator for the North Carolina Emergency Management’s Helicopter Aquatic Rescue Team and swiftwater boat operations program. He is on the board of directors for the Helicopter Rescue and Response Association. He is a 4-time winner of the Higgins and Langley Memorial for Outstanding Achievement in Swiftwater Rescue, in 1998, 2002 and 2005 and 2008, including for his work with the UK CFOA. For his work with Rescue 3 International and Rescue 3 Europe, Tim has received their respective Lifetime Achievement Awards.

He was a founding member and chairperson of North Carolina Emergency Management’s Technical Rescue Task Force that identified and developed team typing models and resources for disaster response. Tim is currently a faculty member of North Carolina Emergency Management’s five day Managing Flood Emergencies programme for emergency management personnel and emergency services responders. He has also been a deployment team leader during significant flood/disaster events in North Carolina, including Hurricane Floyd and Hurricane Isabel. He was an Operations Manager for over 15 years during significant floods that affected Charlotte, and was the team leader for helicopter rescue technicians during Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan, Ophelia, Hanna, and Irene.


Alex Hanson and Laurie Adams (Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service)

Alex Hanson 


Loz Adams

Talk title:

Devon and Somerset Floods 2013/2014


Alex Hanson joined Hereford and Worcester Fire Brigade in 1989. In 1995, he moved to Highland and Islands Fire Brigade, serving in operational, training and managerial roles.

In November 2005, Alex joined Devon Fire and Rescue Service, and after combination with Somerset, now serves as an Area Manager, currently responsible for Response and Resilience.

Alex is the chair of the Chief Fire Officer's Association Inland Water Technical Response Group, and is a Subject Matter Advisor for flooding. He was involved in the South West flood events of 2012 and 2013 at tactical and strategic levels and was heavily involved with the Somerset Levels flooding in 2014.

He co-delivers on the module 5 Management of Water and Flood Incidents course.


Laurie Adams is a member of the Chief Fire Officers Association - Inland Water Technical Group and has represented the South West Region on the group for the last eight years. For his day job,
he is the Specialist Capabilities Manager at Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.
He has been actively involved in specialist rescue (including water rescue) as a practitioner, training manager and operations manager for over ten years. He continues to work on national and regional projects, including Local Resilience Forum emergency planning for flood response and search and rescue.


Richard Gordon (Chief Fire Officers Association National Resilience)

Richard Gordon 

Talk title:

Flood Rescue and National Resilience

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Richard has served with the Fire & Rescue Service for 22 years and is currently seconded to the Chief Fire Officer’s Association National Resilience Team, where he is responsible for the co-ordination and assurance of both Flood Response Assets and Tactical Advisers. Richard has also worked in the Fire & Rescue Service National Co-ordination centre during the recent flooding events over the winter.

Richard’s Fire Service career began with Merseyside Fire Brigade in 1992 before he transferred to Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service in 2003. Richard’s roles during this time have included Watch Command, posts in Fire Safety and Community Safety teams and prior to his secondment in April 2013 acting as Station Commander at Cheltenham East Fire station. Before joining the Fire and Rescue Service Richard achieved a BA Honours degree in History from Wolverhampton University.

Richard lives in rural Gloucestershire and is married to an Educational Consultant and has two sons, aged 8 and 5.


John Hulse (Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation/SARCALL)

John Hulse 

Talk title:

SARCALL - Improving the Multi-Agency Operational SAR Response

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John is a Team Leader with the Ogwen Valley Mountain Rescue Organisation in Snowdonia and has taken part in more than 1,000 SAR operations over 40 years. 

A DEFRA Module 5 Water Incident Manager, John also provides also specialist advice for missing person searches and severe weather events alongside other agencies in North Wales. He was one of the managers for the April Jones abduction search, one of the largest search responses in the UK.

To help improve multi-agency responses, John devised SARCALL, a new method of managing search and rescue operations in the UK and Ireland. The system is now used by 85 volunteer SAR teams together with 14 Police, Fire and Ambulance services and Royal Air Force rescue helicopters. SARCALL is the only multi-agency tactical SAR logger available in the UK and has now been used in more than 3,400 rescue operations.



Josip Granić and Ivan Šafradin (Hrvatska gorska služba spašavanja - Croatian Mountain Rescue Service)

Josip Granic


Ivan Safradin

Talk title:

Flooding in Croatia and Bosnia in 2014

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Josip Granic is the head of the water and flood rescue department at HGSS (Croatian Mountain Rescue Service). Josip has vast experience of helicopter, land and water rescue working for HGSS. He is also a search dog handler. Josip lectures and instructs in all mandatory training at HGSS, and lectures in ISAF sea survival courses.

Ivan Šafradin is a member of HGSS, and has been a whitewater professional since 1999, working as a raft guide, trip leader, canyoning guide and kayak tour leader. With HGSS, he works in mountain rescue, cave rescue, and winter rescue, including avalanche safety. Ivan has been a member of the swiftwater safety team at the Adidas Sickline Extreme Kayak World Championship since 2013.

Both Josip and Ivan are active Rescue 3 instructors, delivering many courses within HGSS and to partner agencies throughout the region. They were part of the team from HGSS recognised at the 2013 Rescue 3 Europe awards as Independent Training Provider of the Year.



Lorna Dennison-Wilkins (Sussex Police)

Lorna Dennison-Wilkins

The Body Recovery from Water Study - An Introduction

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Lorna joined Sussex Police in 1998 and was on uniform front line duties before joining the Specialist Search Unit in 2007.

The Specialist Search Unit carries out all search and recovery operations where additional personal protective equipment is required, effectively working in hazardous and hard to reach places. The SSU works in the following areas:

  • Underwater search (police diving and technological methods)
  • Major crime searches in addition to general search
  • Confined space entry and search
  • Rope access and working at height
  • Advanced protester removal (i.e. at height, confined space, marine and other areas)
  • Swiftwater operations
  • Marine operations
  • Disaster victim recovery and identification

Lorna is also a police search advisor and plans and conducts search operations for major crime and vulnerable missing people, she works closely with search and rescue personnel and partner agencies.

Outside of work Lorna has seven bicycles, two kayaks, a paddleboard and a pair of skis which indicate what she does in her spare time.


Ian Housley and Martin Weaver (Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service)

Ian Housley


Martin Weaver - 5074

Talk title:

Co-Response Between Emergency Services and the Voluntary Sector

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Martin Weaver joined Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service in 1998. Following his initial training, he was posted to the north of the county. He served at numerous stations in the north as a firefighter and crew manager. He was promoted to watch manager at Burton-on-Trent in 2006 before transferring back to North Staffordshire two years later.

During this period he has gained experience working with specialist equipment and numerous appliances, forming part of a local and national response. He has also led on Young Firefighter programmes and other community safety initiatives.

In 2014, Martin was promoted to Station Manager in Learning and Development with the responsibility for the Rescue Cell, Incident Command and National Resilience. During this period he has overseen a re-structure of the rescue capability across the service ensuring it is both cost-effective and accredited.

Operationally, Martin responds as a Tactical Advisor advising crews and forming part of the organisation's operational assurance process. He has responded both locally and nationally. He has regularly taken part in the service's tactical planning cell's to ensure business continuity.

In his spare time, Martin enjoys spending time with his family. He has a wife, a six year old son and four year old daughter. He enjoys all sports and keeping fit, which includes walking his dogs, football, cycling, running and boxing.

Ian Housley joined Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service in 1990, spending his early career at stations in North Staffordshire as a firefighter, crew and watch manager, before spending 4 years in training and development as a lead trainer with responsibility for core skills training modules, water rescue and incident command modules.

Ian has served as an operational station manager in South and East Staffordshire, moving back to service headquarters with responsibility for operational and organisational assurance. He joined Stafford Area Command team as borough commander in 2011. Ian returned again to service headquarters to undertake the role of Head of Performance and Planning and is now Head of Learning and Development with responsibility for all operational and non-operational training for the service.

As an operational officer, Ian has responsibility for local resilience planning under civil contingencies, tactical planning, logistics and business continuity, hazardous materials and environmental protection and national inter-agency liaison within the malicious threats environment.

In his spare time, Ian enjoys spending time with his wife and 12 year old son. He also enjoys keeping fit by cycling, running, mountaineering and caving.


Professor Mike Tipton (University of Portsmouth)

 Mike Tipton

Talk title:

Sudden Death and Prolonged Survival on Immersion in Cold Water


Educated at the Universities of Keele and London, Professor Tipton joined the University of Surrey in 1986. After 12 years at the Robens Institute and European Institute of Health and Medical Science he moved to the University of Portsmouth in 1998. In addition to his University positions, Professor Tipton was based at the Institute of Naval Medicine (INM) from 1983 to 2004 and was Consultant Head of the Environmental Medicine Division of the INM from 1996. He has spent over 30 years researching and advising the military, industry and elite sports people in the areas of thermoregulation, environmental and occupational physiology and survival in the sea. He has published over 450 scientific papers, reports, chapters and books in these areas.

Professor Tipton has been a consultant in survival and thermal medicine to the Royal Air Force and UKSport; he sits on the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s Medical and Survival Committee, and the Ectodermal Dysplasia Society’s medical advisory board. In 2004 Prof Tipton was made an Honorary Life Member of the International Association for Safety and Survival Training in recognition of his work in sea survival. He chaired UKSport’s Research Advisory Group and now sits on the English Institute of Sports’ Technical Advisory Group. Prof Tipton chairs the Energy Institute’s Health Technical Committee; he is a Trustee of Surf Lifesaving GB and Senior Editor of the journal “Extreme Physiology and Medicine”. Prof Tipton is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine; he provides advice to a range of universities, government departments, industries, medical, search and rescue and media organisations.


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Chris Onions - Search Update

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