The 2013 Rescue 3 Europe Technical Rescue Conference will be held in two state-of-the-art venues in South Wales, UK, on the 16th, 17th and 18th April 2013, and assembles leading technical experts from around the globe.

The conference uniquely combines world-class speakers, a trade exhibition featuring manufacturers and distributors of the world's leading technical rescue equipment, and practical instructor update workshops.

Technical Rescue Conference

Rescue 3 Instructor update workshops in boat, rope and water

International key note speakers


Technical Rescue Trade Exhibition

Two world class locations in Cardiff, UK

Conference day open to all



The 2013 Rescue 3 Europe Technical Rescue Conference will combine two technical rescue instructor update days at Cardiff International White Water, with a world-class conference at the Millennium Stadium. This will allow Rescue 3 instructors to attend instructor update workshops as well as the conference, and is the first event of its kind.

Day one (16th April 2013) features water instructor update workshops, run by international Instructor Trainers. Day three is for boat and rope instructor workshops. Attendance at the relevant workshops and the technical rescue conference will update the attendees for a further two years as Rescue 3 Instructors.

Water instructors need to attend days one and two (16th and 17th April). Rope and Boat instructors need to attend days two and three (17th and 18th April). If you are an instructor in multiple disciplines, please attend all three days 16th-18th April). The update workshops will involve practical demonstrations, and Rescue 3 Instructors should bring the appropriate PPE with them.

The conference day (17th April) on its own is open to all. You do not have to be a Rescue 3 Instructor to attend. It will be of particular interest to training provider managers, Rescue 3 students, and non-Rescue 3 students alike.


Day 1 Tue 16th April

Swiftwater & Flood Rescue
Instructor Update Workshops

for Rescue 3 Instructors


Cardiff International White Water

Day 2 Wed 17th April

Technical Rescue Conference
Technical Rescue Trade Exhibition

Open to all




Millennium Stadium Cardiff



Day 3 Thu 18th April


Swiftwater Rescue Boat & Rope
Instructor Update Workshops

for Rescue 3 Instructors

at Cardiff International White Water



Keynote Speakers

Speakers to include:

Alex Hanson (Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service) - Chairperson
Shannon Crofton (NSW State Emergency Services, Australia)
Peter Glerum (Project Leader for Watersave, Netherlands)
Tim Rogers (Charlotte Fire Department)
Roy Harold (CFOA Water Rescue Lead)
Professor David Kay (Aberystwyth University)
Stuart Blatston (South Western Ambulance Service HART)
David Walker (ROSPA)

They will be speaking on topics including:

• Tactical flood management - overview and lessons learned.
• Water quality standards and relevance for inland water rescue training and operations
• Insights from the UK Water Incident Database (WAID)
• CFOA Inland Water Update




The 2013 Rescue 3 Europe Awards were presented at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, on 17 April 2013.


Trade Exhibition

The Technical Rescue Trade Exhibition will take place on 17th April. Please see the full list of exhibitors taking part. If you'd like to join them, please download an exhibitor application form


Additional Courses

Cardiff International White Water (CIWW) will be hosting Rescue 3 courses before and after the conference. Current course dates are:

  • 14-15 April - Rescue from Vehicles in Water (RVW) - £325 per person (reduced from £375 per person for conference delegates).

To book, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 02920 829970.



To join us at the conference, please download and fill in the delegate booking form below.