SIMEX SERIES 2018 EXERCISE PARTICIPANTS

 

Participant Types


Alongside evaluation of players and procedures, the exercise’s selected objectives focus on an emergency response scenario, to enable the evaluation of players and procedures and to identify areas for improvement. SIMEX 2018 has been developed to meet the requirements of the key learning objectives for all involved teams.

SIMEX Series 2017 consisted of over 2000 participants, we are expecting 2018 to be bigger with over 2500 participants. SIMEX is always striving to be better, categories of participants involved in the exercise are as follows:

Players: Active role in responding to the simulated emergency and perform their regular roles and responsibilities during the exercise, initiating actions that will respond to and mitigate the simulated emergency.

Exercise Controllers:
Comprised of representatives of all the principal organisations who have a role in the plan. Responsible for deciding principles, aims and objectives. This group needs to liaise with all participating agencies in the planning stage through agreed bilateral working groups. Access and active engagement to the whole exercise programme ensuring that it proceeds according to agreed aims, objectives and plan throughout all stages is essential. The directors should act as a team in constant communication and will assist in facilitating the exercise ensuring all principles are adhered to beginning to end.

Role Players: Actors who simulate specific roles during exercise play. In this simulation they also in discussion with controllers provide key data to players and may prompt or initiate certain player actions to ensure exercise continuity. Observers: Observers visit and view selected segments of the exercise, they do not play in the exercise.

Media: Some media may be present as observers. Please note there are additionally various role players playing media in the affected area to enhance exercise realism.

Lead Participants

SIMEX Series 2018 Lead Agencies: Hampshire Fire and Rescue, RedR UK, L2S2 and the University of Portsmouth working in close partnership with all organisations.

Lead Agency

University of Portsmouth

The University of Portsmouth is an education and research organisation, with the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences (SEES) running the Crisis & Disaster Management MSc course.
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The SEES research team will be examining various stages and locations of the SIMEX Series, to study the effectiveness of satellite remote sensing for emergency response applications.

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Lead Agency

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

Hampshire and Fire and Rescue Service will always ensure we are there when emergencies happen. We work hard with our communities to educate people to take the right action to reduce the risk of fires and other incidents happening.
Over the last decade, we have successfully driven down the number of fires to half the level of 10 years ago. As a modern fire and rescue service we aim to make ourselves even more relevant to the lives of people in Hampshire as we move towards 2020 and beyond.
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This is about more than just fire. We continue to support our ambulance colleagues through our medical co-responding work. We are also passionate about collaborating and working ever more closely with our partners to further enhance the safety of the county.
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Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service is also an active member of the UK Fire Service’s international search and rescue capability and supporting exercises such as the SIMEX Series ensures that the UK maintains its leading position in the provision of assistance made available to help anywhere in the world after devastating events.

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Lead Agency

RedR

RedR UK is a leading provider of training to the humanitarian sector. Founded over 35 years ago, RedR has since provided technical and non-technical training to tens of thousands of participants and hundreds of organisations all over the world. Our experience makes us a leader in adult learning within the humanitarian sector. Our Humanitarian Training Competency Framework, developed in conjunction with Bioforce, not only informs our own practice, but provides a tool to improve the standard of capacity-building in the sector. We develop highly participatory, sector-relevant and context-tailored capacity building interventions that are relevant to humanitarian workers operating in field locations worldwide, equipping them with practical skills that are not only tested during the course itself, but that can be implemented immediately in their working environments.
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As a Lead Agency in SimEx Series 2018, RedR is coordinating the involvement of the INGO community, and drawing on our vast experience of humanitarian capacity building and simulation methodologies for learning to support the participating organisations to meet their objectives.

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Lead Agency

L2S2 Ltd

L2S2 provides GDPR compliant, secure, resilient and auditable digital data capture systems for aid, international development, mass gatherings, disaster management and simulations. Our systems ensure accountability, transparency and effectiveness.
For disasters, events and simulations, we can gather
data from a wide range of organisations and agencies and display it on real time dashboards and reports.
Lead agencies can disseminate information on a ‘need to know’ basis, sending targeted messages to specific groups and individuals. This enables effective coordination of players by command and control. Our technology gives event organisers visibility and effective management, and it allows exercise controllers to dynamically change injects throughout a simulation. For mass gatherings, attendees with medical conditions can pre-register so their details are immediately available to medics when needed.
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Our portable, resilient technology works when normal infrastructure may not be available or simply non- existent. We can track people and assets, report findings and outcomes and provide detailed real-time inspection data. We have smart paper integration, allowing data from paper records to be automatically inserted into the database, as well as telephone, emails, messaging and bulletin boards.
Our flagship product is the mobile field hospital IT system used by UK Emergency Medical Team. Carried in a couple of rucksacks, it is operational within 30 minutes of the team’s arrival and can run a full field hospital. It enables mass casualty triage, patient and workload management with secure, GDPR compliant electronic patient record as well as providing extensive communications. Command and control dashboards allow effective management of the hospital and work load balancing.
Our small field healthcare system can be used to run mobile clinics such as rural / community vaccination clinics. We also provide systems for field skills and training needs assessment.

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WORKING GROUP LEADS

Evaluation

University of Liverpool

The Critical & Major Incident Psychology (CAMI) research group is part of the Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Liverpool. The group has focused on decision making, critical incident debriefing, knowledge capture and acceleration of expertise. As the main academic partners of the HYDRA Foundation (employing immersive simulations and operational debriefs for the emergency services, criminal justice sector, defence, government industry and commercial sectors), the research group also works on multi-disciplinary projects through the University of Liverpool's Risk & Uncertainty Institute (a collaboration between researchers in the humanities, social sciences, and science and engineering), as one of the four Security and Conflict champions.
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The teams work has emphasised transfer of research into practice, developing and delivering training using immersive simulated learning environments, aimed at improving critical incident decision making, as well as developing expertise in policing, emergency response and the security services.

National / International

Environment and Contingency Planning

The company’s aim is to provide environmental contingency planning advice specialising in Oil & Gas Operations, Emergency Planning, Incident Command & Control and the leadership of large multi-discipline teams in highly regulated and complex operating environments. Expert knowledge of hazard mitigation and risk assessment processes taking into account impact on both process and personal safety, whilst balancing commercial needs.
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Ongoing commitment to improving contingency planning and emergency response standards through training, simulation exercises and competence assessment programs aligned to industry best practice.

Role Player Management

Torchlight Heritage

Torchlight Heritage operate in two different areas. The first is in the creation of sustainable development within heritage buildings and properties. Looking at renovation, refurbishment and identifying sustainable, non-intrusive uses for buildings once in a state of repair.
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The second is to bring history to life. Whether that be in the theatre or in front of a television camera. Our team are able to develop theatrical experiences that are both accessible and entertaining whilst also being educational.
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We are commissioned mostly through projects funded through The Heritage Lottery Fund, to develop bespoke “Local History” experiences for the general public, and School / Educational Groups.
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As we are commissioned for film and create Theatrical Productions, we have access to, and are able to make or purchase props for most occasions. We are also able provide some training to individuals taking part in any of the Role Playing, if required.

2018 Participants


National

Association for Simulated Practice in Healthcare (ASPiH)

ASPiH is a not-for-profit membership Association comprising of members drawn from healthcare, education and patient safety backgrounds including researchers, learning technologists, workforce development or education managers, administrators, and healthcare staff and students. All have a genuine interest in new and innovative methods of learning, as well as optimising the use of existing simulation resources within their practice.
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Our membership bridges undergraduate and pre- registration education as well as postgraduate and post registration training and on-going CPD for all of the health and social care workforce.

National

Red Cross

The British Red Cross is a Humanitarian Charity Organisation that provides numerous services to beneficiaries across the United Kingdom. The Crisis Response and Independent Living (CR/IL) directorate manages the Emergency Response (ER) function across the whole of the United Kingdom working alongside and with Local Resilience Forums (LRF’S), Fire and Rescue Services, Police Forces, UKPN, Airports and other local partnerships. Providing practical and emotional support, advice and guidance and the next steps to help the beneficiaries get their lives back on track.
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The ER team attend day to day operational Incidents and major Incidents working and managing rest centres, working with fire services on the ground, assisting people whom have been the victims of distraction crimes, airport management at survivor and friends and family reception centres.
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The ER teams across the United Kingdom are made up of management, staff and volunteers with a robust structure to meet the needs of and “Refusing to ignore People in Crisis”. Memorandums of Understanding with all partners (MOU’s) underpin mobilisation criteria, confidentiality, assistance and support to meet the every changing needs of the public.

International

Christian Aid

Christian Aid insists that the world can and must be swiftly changes to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. We work globally for profound changes that eradicated the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. We are part of a wider movement for social justice and work through local partners on the ground for the most accountable and context appropriate humanitarian response. We provide urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes.
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The European Interagency Security Forum (EISF) is an independent network of Security Focal Points who represent European-based humanitarian NGOs operating internationally. EISF is housed at Christian Aid’s offices in London.

National

Environment Agency

We work to create better places for people and wildlife, and support sustainable development. EA is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs. We plan to attend where resources allow to deliver a live deployment of flood barrier and to support data gathering and technical knowledge through TLOs and the Solent & Environment working group.
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We were established in 1996 to protect and improve the environment. We have around 10,600 employees. Our head office is in Bristol and we have another office in London. We have offices across England, divided into 14 areas.
Within England we’re responsible for:
• regulating major industry and waste
• treatment of contaminated land
• water quality and resources
• fisheries
• inland river, estuary and harbour navigation's
• conservation and ecology
• We are also responsible for managing the risk of flooding from main rivers, reservoirs, estuaries and the sea.

International

International Association of Forensic Radiographers (IAFR)

The International Association of Forensic Radiographers aims to promote best practice in forensic radiography through education & training, research, communication and coordination of forensic radiography. We represent radiographers with accredited training and experience in forensic and mass fatality radiography. These teams aims to provide a coordinated forensic radiography response to mass fatality incidents and advise international, regional and local authorities on radiography issues when planning for such incidents.

International

Humanitarian Data Exchange

The Humanitarian Data Exchange (HDX) is an open and rapidly growing platform for sharing humanitarian data and managed by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Our vision is to create a space where everyone involved in a humanitarian situation has access to the data they need, when and how they need it.
Our innovative approach has been featured in media outlets, such as The New York Times, The Guardian, Thompson Reuters and Forbes. Launched in 2014, the platform has received more than 440,000 visitors, over 335 humanitarian organizations (UN, NGOs, Government, Private Sector) are registered and shared datasets on HDX, and as of today we have a repository of about 6500 relevant humanitarian datasets (including datasets about Rohingya, hurricane Irma, Syria crisis, Yemen, South Sudan, and more). HDX has be accessed worldwide at least by one user in 165 countries and territories and at least by 10 different users in 75 countries and territories. WFP, IFRC, Worldpop, UNOSAT, and UNHCR are some of our main partners that have been sharing datasets constantly on HDX. At SIMEX 2018 we will enable HDX to facilitate data sharing of relevant datasets among responders, community and decision makers.

International

Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC)

The Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) is a unique inter-agency forum for coordination, policy development and decision-making involving the key UN and non-UN humanitarian partners. It is the primary mechanism for inter-agency coordination of humanitarian assistance. The IASC develops humanitarian policies, agrees on a clear division of responsibility for the various aspects of humanitarian assistance, identifies and addresses gaps in response, and advocates for effective application of humanitarian principles.
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In 2016 IASC established a Task Team to develop guidelines on the inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action. The Task Team is co-chaired by UNICEF, the International Disability Alliance, and Humanity & Inclusion (HI). The Task Team is composed of organisations of persons with disabilities (DPOs); NGOs; UN Agencies; ICRC; IOM; Governments; ECHO; IASC Secretariat; and the IASC MHPSS Reference Group.
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The IASC Task Team will be represented at SIMEX 2018 by two members: HI and CBM. Their objective is to test the impact of the provision of technical support to coordination mechanisms through existing tools developed at the global level to foster inclusion of persons with disabilities, including the Draft IASC guidelines on inclusion of persons with disabilities in humanitarian action and the Washington Group Short Set of Questions on Disability Statistics.

International

MapAction

Humanitarian emergencies often strike without warning, destroying lives and livelihoods within a matter of seconds. In the immediate aftermath, the challenge for those responding is to know where to start.
Information is vital: Which area has been worst affected? Where are the most vulnerable people? What has happened to roads, railways and communication networks? Where are medical supplies and where are they needed most?
MapAction quickly gathers this crucial data at the disaster scene, conveying it visually in the form of maps. By creating this ‘shared operational picture’ for aid agencies, governments and local partners, we can help them make informed decisions and deliver aid and emergency supplies to the right place, quickly.
Emergency response within hours: MapAction has the capacity to deploy a fully trained and equipped humanitarian mapping and information management team anywhere across the globe, often within hours.
Our team of over 70 trained volunteers follow a well-practised deployment model, meaning we can respond within 24-48 hours of a rapid onset emergency. The rapid response capability of our team of highly-skilled volunteers helps save lives in humanitarian emergencies.

National

Maritime and Coastguard Agency

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) is an executive agency sponsored by the Department for Transport through work to prevent the loss of life on the coast and at sea by providing a 24/7 maritime search and rescue service within UK and international waters through Her Majesty’s Coastguard. The agency provides legislation and guidance on maritime matters, environmental safety and provides certification to seafarers. The agency assists with requests for aeronautical assistance via helicopter tasking in the United Kingdom Search and rescue region as well as overseeing the response to distress beacon detections from across the globe.
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The agency is responsible for the safety of all lives on-board vessels in UK waters or on-board a UK registered vessel. The agency is also responsible for the environmental safety of the United Kingdom’s Coast and waters and ensures the accuracy of the hydrographic data on UK charts. The MCA ensure equipment on UK vessels is fit for purpose as well as ensuring all seafarers on-board these vessels have correct and current documentation.
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The agency is also responsible for overseeing the coastal rescue volunteers who conduct search and rescue responsibilities along the entire UK coastline.

National

Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL)

Oil Spill Response Limited (OSRL) is the largest international industry-funded cooperative which exists to respond to oil spills wherever in the world they may occur, by providing preparedness, response and intervention services. We are wholly owned by most of the environmentally responsible oil and gas companies, and our membership represents the majority of global oil production.
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We currently employ 300 people across 9 locations around the world. Our shareholders comprise of the most environmentally responsible oil and gas companies.

National

Queen Alexandra Hospital

The Emergency Department in Queen Alexandra Hospital, as a trauma unit is focused in providing emergency care to the local community during a major incident is the front door to the hospital providing acute care services and leading the trust in managing the mass.
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Working together with the ambulance services to declare a MI the Emergency Department can also provide external support if necessary.

National

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Based in the UK, the RNLI was founded in 1824. A non-governmental organization (NGO), we are one of the oldest charities in the UK. Our purpose is to save lives at sea, and in and around water.
In the UK and Ireland the RNLI provides:
• a strategically located fleet of all-weather lifeboats, which are available at all times, and tactically placed inshore craft, which are subject to weather limitations
• a lifeguard service on a seasonal basis
• coastal safety, research and education programmes
• flood response.
Drowning is a leading global killer, responsible for 360,000 deaths annually (WHO 2017). This is on a similar scale to diseases such as diarrhoea and measles, a generation ago. But drowning is currently a silent epidemic, unrecognised and under-resourced, particularly in low and middle-income countries where over 90% of all deaths occur, and where it is often the leading cause of child injury and mortality.
Since 2012, we have been working internationally to share our learning and experience with others to reduce drowning, especially those in low and middle income countries in Asia and Africa, which carry the greatest drowning burden.
We deliver international programmes through a network of in-country partners, designing and implementing drowning prevention and water safety interventions that are suitable for the local environment and needs. This includes implementation of context specific drowning prevention strategies, research to improve knowledge of drowning, development of national water safety plans and global advocacy to raise awareness and catalyse action to reduce drowning.
During the SIMEX exercise the RNLI will be participating by providing a Maritime SAR capability, as well as engaging with the wider International response mechanisms and organisations.

International

Save the Children UK

Save the Children is the world’s leading independent organisation for children. We work in 120 countries. We save children’s lives; we fight for their rights; we help them fulfil their potential. We work together, with our partners, to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives.
Save the Children is a leader in global humanitarian response, with operations conducted in acute and chronic crises to relieve the impacts of a disaster and aid the recovery process. This includes the provision of vital services to save lives, offer protection, alleviate suffering and restore dignity. Save the Children is committed to setting high goals, and continuously improving the quality of the work we do to benefit children. We work with partners and embrace change and new ideas to leverage our global strength in making a difference for children.
Save the Children has a significant Humanitarian Response Surge Capacity based in the UK, including professionals in operations and project management, logisticians, and technical experts. Save the Children UK’s Humanitarian Response professionals are deployable within a matter of hours, to ensure efficient response to sudden onset crises globally. In addition, Save the Children UK has extensive Capacity Building expertise, including regularly delivering practitioner-led, scenario based simulation exercises from the design to implementation stages. Save the Children UK is committed to developing response expertise but within the Save the Children family and the wider humanitarian and disaster response community.

National / International

ServeOn

SERVE ON
Serve On is a volunteer UK and international search and rescue team. We deploy nationally to support communities during disaster including flooding and to assist the emergency services with rescue response or clean up teams. Internationally we deploy to all manner of natural disasters including earthquakes and hurricanes, specializing in search and rescue from collapsed structures.
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During SIMEX 2018, for the national element, Serve On will provide a Community Resilience Team (CRT) that will set up and run a Voluntary Agency Cell (VAC) at Fraser Gunnery. This facility will enable all the other deployed voluntary organisations to have their respective command and control elements to be centralised in a single location, and be appropriately tasked.
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For the international element, Serve On will provide an International Response Team (IRT) that will include an Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) team capable of providing both assessment and response services.

National

Hazardous Area Response Team of South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

SCAS HART are the ambulance service response into hazardous environments e.g. flooding, aboard vessels, unstable terrain, difficult access, at height, USAR, mass casualty incidents.
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The SCAS Resilience department (RSO) oversees HART and business continuity as well as interacting with local and government stakeholders.

Academic

Delft University of Technology

University of Technology is the largest, and most comprehensive technical university in the Netherlands. Its Faculty of Technology, Policy and Management (TPM) wishes to make a significant contribution to sustainable solutions for social problems in which technology plays an important role. Within TPM, the research focus of the Multi-Actor System (MAS) department is on multi-actor decision and management problems in complex socio-technical environments including the humanitarian domain. The leading design principles are design for trust (social acceptance, transparency, security), design for autonomy (empowerment, self-management and self-regulation) and design for human-system interaction (engagement and collaboration).
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Delft University brings experience in providing opportunities for training and knowledge exchange. The project members have extensive experience in exchanging knowledge with practitioners through developing and delivering training. Furthermore, the staff has been involved in the design, organisation and evaluation of exercises, including the large-scale humanitarian exercise Triplex. Finally, the project members have been actively involved in real-world deployments, including Haiti, the Philippines, Nepal and Ebola outbreak.

International

Surrey 4x4 Response

Surrey 4x4 Response provides logistics to Cat 1 and 2 responders, Primary, urgent and emergency healthcare and Community services in times of adverse weather, challenging terrain and major incidents. This is actioned through the use of trained and assessed volunteers using their own
vehicles, knowledge and experience. We provide our own command structure and control vehicle to manage the welfare and resourcing of the team.

National

Support to Ops

Support 2 Ops is a Salisbury based charity that provides support to deployed responders and other charities / non-profit organisations. We provide equipment, expertise and advice to enable incidents or events to be run safely and with resilience.
We aim to enable users access to equipment or expertise that aids in their efforts or extends their own capabilities or capacity - giving them a better or longer opportunity to help those in need. Support 2 Ops has a wide circle of members, from all walks in life – but all have the drive and skills to provide a reliable and professional service.
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We can supply capabilities such as; Communications (radio, wifi, MESH), Logistics (4x4’s, trailers, planning), Accommodation (Incident Support Trailers, tentage), Welfare management and support (control systems linked to communications systems).
Catering and safety provision (first / fire etc).
Power management (Generators and distribution equipment)
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We are proud to support our local volunteer colleagues and our local communities. We are proactive in our involvement with the local councils and communities – we aim to be proactive and competent in helping to form the voluntary response to any incident.
Someone cannot do something to help everyone, but everyone can do something to help someone.

National

Police - Casualty Bureau support and management of documentation centres

Police officers and staff shall respond as documentation officers to reception centres (survivor /casualties at hospitals/friends and family) and manage persons involved. Record and complete necessary documentation for those involved.
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Open and manage the casualty bureau database from Kidlington.
Input data of persons involved and missing persons onto CasB database.
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Together with NaPOCC nominally establish additional call takers from Police forces across the UK.

International

UK International Search and Rescue

The UK ISAR team provides specialised technical search and rescue in collapsed structures and confined spaces in largely populated areas. At the request of the Government of an affected nation, the team will mobilise to sudden onset disasters on behalf of the Department for International Development (DFID). It supports a mechanism through which the UK can comply with the principles of United Nations General Assembly Resolution 57/150 “Strengthening the effectiveness and coordination of international urban search and rescue assistance”.
UK ISAR also supports the UK’s commitment to the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism, and provides specialist logistical support to the UK Emergency Medical Team, which has been verified by the World Health Organisation.
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The team deploy with a total of 69 specialists which includes management, logistics, canine, command support, medical, engineering, coordination and liaison. It is fully self-sufficient and can operate at two large sites simultaneously providing 24 hour operations for up to 10 days. The team is trained and equipped to undertake the following operations:
• Assessment of damaged cities, towns and buildings
• Search for and location of deeply entrapped victims (technical search)
• Scene stabilisation using timber shoring systems
• Gaining access to structures using hot cutting, hydraulic tools
• Advanced life support
• Rescue (extrication)
• Hazardous Materials Assessment
• Heavy Equipment Operations using cranes and machinery

International

UK Emergency Medical Team

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International

UK-Med

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UoP: Drama and Performance | Role Player Management

University of Portsmouth: CCI SMPA Drama and Performance BA

University of Portsmouth:
3 year degree – students play roles of refugees etc in the SIMEX in past 3 years.
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Aim to bring realism and humanity to do role playing and respond to the injects and situations of SIMEX. This will be the 4th year of the drama student’s involvement. – Proposal to capture this as a research paper about simulation and drama.

UoP: Nursing | National / International / RPM

University of Portsmouth - Nursing, SHSSW

The BN (Adult) programme at UoP aims to prepare its graduates to be better able to meet the needs of an increasingly complex and ageing population. Simulation is widely used in nurse education and this event provides the students with the opportunity to build their knowledge and skills in relation to the emergency management of mass casualty/complex events, through the 3 year course. Student nurses will adopt 3 roles (participant, nurse and “manager”) during the 3 years of their course. This helps them to move from local perspective to strategic focus.
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The BN course team will be able to assist in supporting the event by providing resources, scenarios, facilities, undertaking realistic make-up (trauma, burns, bruises etc) for mock “trauma casualties”.
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Staff will be present as observers, to give later feedback to student participants.



Role Player Management

Butser Farm

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Butser Ancient Farm is an archaeological open-air museum located near Petersfield in Hampshire, southern England. Butser features experimental reconstructions of prehistoric, Romano-British and Anglo-Saxon buildings.

International

DFID

The Department for International Development (DFID) leads the UK’s work to end extreme poverty in developing countries. We are tackling the global challenges of our time including poverty and disease, mass migration, insecurity and conflict, and co-ordinate the UK’s response to humanitarian emergencies around the world.
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DFID provides funding and logistical support for the UK International Search & Rescue Team and the UK Emergency Medical Team, as well as funding for some of the other NGOs and UN agencies taking part in SIMEX Series 2018 including Map Action, Christian Aid, Save the Children and UNICEF.
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A small number of DFID staff are taking part in SIMEX Series 2018, playing roles that they would perform in a real-life incident.
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Other DFID staff will also be on-hand to explain more about DFID’s role in responding to humanitarian emergencies, as well as about how UK aid works to help millions of people around the world every year.

International

Digital Humanitarian Network

The purpose of the Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN) is to leverage digital volunteers in support of 21st century humanitarian response. More specifically, the aim of this network-of-networks is to form a consortium of Volunteer & Technical Communities (V&TCs) and to provide an interface between formal, professional humanitarian organisations and informal yet skilled-and-agile volunteer & technical networks.

International

Handicap International

Handicap International is an independent charity working in situations of poverty and exclusion, conflict and disaster. We work alongside disabled and vulnerable people to help meet their basic needs, improve their living conditions and promote respect for their dignity and fundamental rights. We currently co-chair the IASC Task Team on Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities and are working with UN agencies, national governments and NGOs to look at mainstreaming vulnerability in humanitarian response.

International

Humanitarian Response

Humanitarian Response is a specialised digital service of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).
Humanitarian Response aims to be the central website for Information Management tools and services, enabling information exchange among operational responders during either a protracted or sudden onset emergency. This global site is complimented by country specific emergency sites that can be accessed through www.HumanitarianResponse.info.
At the global level, Humanitarian Response provides access to country sites and a "one-stop-shop" for global information coordination resources, such as normative products including guidance notes and policies, cluster specific information and data, toolboxes and internet links.
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At the country level, Humanitarian Response is designed to provide a platform for sharing operational information between clusters and IASC members operating within a crisis. It provides a predictable set of core features that will be repeated on all sites and will host future tools for streamlining information collection sharing and visualisation.
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During SIMEX, Humanitarian Response will provide an online simulation site where participants will work and exchange operational information.

National

Islamic Relief

As an independent humanitarian and development organisation, Islamic Relief has been serving humanity for 32 years. With an active presence in over 40 countries across the globe, we strive to make the world a better and fairer place for the three billion people still living in poverty.c
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Since we received our first donation in 1984, we have helped millions of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. Inspired by the Islamic faith and guided by our values, we believe that people with wealth have a duty to those less fortunate – regardless of race, political affiliation, gender or belief.
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Our projects provide poor people with access to vital services. We protect communities from disasters and deliver life-saving emergency aid. We provide lasting routes out of poverty, and empower vulnerable people to transform their lives and their communities.

National

Met Office

The Met Office is a world leader in providing weather and climate services as a Trading Fund within the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). We are recognised as one of the world's most accurate forecasters, using more than 10 million weather observations a day, an advanced atmospheric model and a high performance supercomputer to create 3,000 tailored forecasts and briefings a day. These are delivered to a huge range of customers from the Government, to businesses, the general public, armed forces, and other organisations. This includes the Public Weather Service (PWS), which provides forecasts for the public to help them make informed decisions about their day-to-day activities. The National Severe Weather Warning Service is also a part of this, providing advance notice of weather which could affect public safety.
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During SIMEX 2018 we will be providing inputs ahead of the exercise to help set up the scenario and then provide weather forecasts and information as part of the Exercising Co-ordinating Group (ECG) and Excon. If required we will provide dispersion plume modelling output in the event of a fire or chemical release.

National

UN OCHA:UNDAC

The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) network is a robust, interoperable, rapid response and capacity development tool capable of strengthening OCHA’s response to crises and national and regional preparedness for emergency response.
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The UNDAC system is deployable globally within 24 hours to respond to disasters through strong cooperation with member states and the availability of technical expertise. The UNDAC members are responsible for establishing and running an On-Site Operations Coordination Centre (OSOCC) and this will be their primary role during the UK SIMEX. This year, UNDAC celebrates its 25th anniversary, after being established in 1993. During that time, UNDAC has responded to more than 280 emergencies ranging from floods, earthquakes and conflicts in over 100 countries.

National

Portsmouth Street Pastors

Street Pastors have been patrolling the streets of Portsmouth since 2007. All of our volunteers are trained before they join a team, the training is delivered by the police, paramedics, mental health services, church leaders and social services. All Street Pastors receive ongoing training to include awareness of; human trafficking; rape and domestic abuse; drug culture; suicide prevention.
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In 2017 we further trained 12 of our Street Pastors as Response Pastors, these are volunteers who are prepared to deploy in the event of a major incident or disaster. So far Response Pastors from across the country have deployed at Grenfell Tower, Manchester Arena, Westminster Bridge, Southwark and most recently Leicester. The feedback from emergency services has been positive and Response Pastors are – like Street Pastors – there to care, listen and help by offering reassurance, safety and support, this means the emergency services can leave or refer individuals to us knowing we are trusted and trained.

National

RayNet

We provide radio communication in the event of either existing infrastructure failure or where existing systems cannot work, such as outside mobile or Airwave coverage or radio black-spots.
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We have a variety of masts and antennas that allow us to link areas together on a wide area network working with other groups within Hampshire. With just 4 radios, we can provide a network around the county stretching into neighbouring counties. We also operate a fully equipped command trailer.

International / National

SARAID

S.A.R.A.I.D is a British NGO charity dedicated to trying to save the lives of innocent victims of disaster, as well as relieving human suffering around the world regardless of colour, creed, religion and political persuasion.
We specialise in Urban Search & Rescue regardless of location and have a team of dedicated, highly trained volunteers on standby 24/7, every single day of the year. All donations are used to support deployments.
S.A.R.A.I.D not only provide a response team once a disaster has happened but are also working with countries to provide advice and training on how to cope in the initial 24 hours of the disaster.
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SARAID Community Resilience Team are a newly formed community-based response to local emergencies with partnerships formed to support FRS, Police and LRF agencies

International

The Sphere Project

Sphere (along with ALNAP) is the most enduring of the Quality & Accountability initiatives, of which there are currently at least 15 active, and several more that have finished. These initiatives exist, and continue to emerge, because of the sector-wide view that better quality and more accountable humanitarian response leads to better outcomes for affected and host populations and other recipients of aid.
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Sphere’s contribution to the sector revolves around the Sphere Handbook, comprising an Introduction, the Humanitarian Charter, the Core Humanitarian Standard, the Protection Principles and the four life-saving technical chapters.
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Sphere has a duty to widely disseminate the Handbook, and to provide training opportunities so that people can learn how to use it responsibly and appropriately. One current training approach which is proving to be popular is short introductory Sphere workshops delivered in the field to responders on the front line (e.g. Cox’s Bazar Nov 2017 and Bali Jan 18).
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At SIMEX 2018, the Sphere Training Manager will deliver a short Sphere workshop to the RedR open-invitation team the day before the exercise starts.

National

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust and their Hazardous Area Response Team (SCAS & HART) cover the counties of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Hampshire with a population of over 4,000,000.
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SCAS provides front line emergency service response to life threatening emergencies via 999 calls for assistance.

National

Sussex 4x4 Response

Sussex 4x4 Response provides logistics to Cat 1 and 2 responders, Primary, urgent and emergency healthcare and Community services in times of adverse weather, challenging terrain and major incidents. This is actioned through the use of trained and assessed volunteers using their own vehicles, knowledge and experience. We provide our own command structure and control vehicle to manage the welfare and resourcing of the team.

International

Tearfund

Tearfund is an international relief and development agency working globally to end poverty and injustice, and to restore dignity and hope in some of the world’s poorest communities. We operate in more than fifty countries around the world. We deliver our strategy by:
● Developing communities and building resilience, sustainably and holistically
● Changing unjust policies and practices to deliver justice for poor communities
● Enabling communities affected by disaster and conflict to recover quickly and be better equipped to face future hazards

International

Unicef UK

UNICEF UK (UUK) is a registered charity and our mission is to raise money for UNICEF's global work for children and their rights, and to advocate for those rights to be realised for all children worldwide. We raise funds through donations from individuals, organisations and companies and we lobby and campaign for the fulfilment of child rights in the UK and abroad. UUK also runs programmes in hospitals, schools and local communities in the UK.
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See www.unicef.org.uk for more information

UoP: School of Computing | Academic

University of Portsmouth

School of Computing
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Relevant to the SimEx: Computing technology support. Data analytics, technology development, sensors and monitoring, data analysis

UoP: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies | Academic

University of Portsmouth

Institute of Criminal Justice Studies.
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Research team (Prof Becky Milne, Gary Dalton, Brandon May and myself) are currently working with Hants Fire and rescue services and LFB evaluating control room calls. We are planning to develop a communication tool to aid information gathering. We will also be evaluating Body worn video footage from front line firefighters over the coming year working towards the same ends.