Agile First Responders

Emergency response excellence & innovation: strategy, tactics and deployment 

Given the ever-changing nature of threats, whether natural through climate change, man-made through terrorism activities or human error, either physical or virtual, ensuring safety remains the number one priority and the FIRST line of defense are the nation’s first responders.

The Agile First Responders Conference at Intersec, was a technical conference loaded with best practices and latest developments used by crisis and emergency response teams to tackle pandemics, major asset failures, fire, disasters & security lapses.

This three day conference programme was a direct reflection of the industry's most pressing issues which includes preventing injuries and ensuring that functional safety safeguards and equipment are available and operating at peak performance.

Past Agenda

10:00-10:45  Registration, coffee and networking
10:55-11:00 Opening remarks from the conference chair
Safia Al Shehi, Media Figure & Conference Chair Day 1
11:00-11:30 Regional speaker: 
The “New Normal”: Emergency preparedness and planning now and in the future
Leading through a crisis; What are the immediate leadership responses and what can we learn from the pandemic 

Richard Reed, Head of Corporate Emergency Management and Continuity, Saudi Aramco 
11:30-12:00 International Speaker:
Building a shared vision: Forming an Effective Resilience Team 

- Understanding how to avoid common crisis management planning failures.
- Creating a shared vision to prepare for emergency preparedness in an uncertain world within the planning team 
- Adopting strategies to build key partnerships while expanding networks to get the required buy-in for an effective emergency response plan

Tim Briggs, Past President of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
12:00-12:30 Leadership Panel Discussion: Bolstering cooperation and partnerships through collaboration with government and the public - private sector with in the area of crisis and emergency management
Learn how multi-sector responses and collaboration enhanced the scale and speed during an emergency response. Examples of these will be addressed during the panel.
Insights on how when resources, equipment and staff from multiple entities are brought together have a stronger impact against any type of risk or incident. Panelists will also explore ways of employing modern technology and techniques and AI applications in crisis and emergency management in recovering from crises and disasters.

Glen Thomas
, Partner, Technology Advisor, Grant Thornton

Dr. Bader S Alotaibi,
Chief Medical Officer, National Medical Care Co (KSA)
Nagi Souaiby,
Head of Emergency Department, Notre Dame Maritime Hospital
Fatimah Anwar Alghadheeb, 
Chief of Transformation, Almoosa Specialist Hospital
CASEFILE: 2020 Beirut Port explosion
12:30-13:00 International Speaker:
Emergency Medical Services Perspective: The Beirut Port explosion emergency response

During this session the speaker will share first hand insights on the Beirut Port explosion, the largest non-nuclear explosion that took place in August 2020. He will share insights about the emergency response from multiple levels: governmental, institutional and individual, revealing the challenges of medical management, triage difficulties, human resources mobilization, logistical difficulties such as documentation, identification, and the use of PPEs in the midst of a pandemic.
Hear how did they respond to the immediate crisis and what were the critical tools and resources? What were the lessons learned for future preparedness? 

Nagi Souaiby, Head of Emergency Department, Notre Dame Maritime Hospital
13:00-13:30 Safety matters of working at heights

Engr. Mohamed Abdula AlMarzooqi, Safety Engineer, Dubai Municipality
13:30-14:30 Networking Lunch
14:30-15:00 Supporting Critical Fire ground Communications, In-building 2-Way Emergency Radio Communication Enhancement Systems (ERCES)

Ghaith Bakir, Lead Regulatory Engineer-MEA, Codes and Regulatory Services, Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
15:00-15:30 Building state’s resilience to aviation disasters: Developing an attentive emergency response strategy instigated by cutting edge technology

Dr. Omar R. Kaddouha,
Director Flight Safety and Chief Accident Investigator, Ministry of Transport and Public Works/ DGCA Lebanon
15:30-16:00 International Speaker
Ensuring alignment between the introduction of new practices, processes or technologies with the human capital

Ayssar Hanza, Risk Engineering Director, Ace Energy Group (Ex BP)
16:00 Closing remarks
Safia Al Shehi, Media Figure & Conference Chair Day 1
16:00 End of Day 1
10:00-10:45   Registration & Networking
10:55-11:00 Opening remarks from the conference chair
Emma Cook, Director, Purely Balanced
11:00-11:20 Future of Law Enforcement
Gain insights on the emerging technologies used by Dubai Police as a response to attend to future emergencies

Brigadier Khalid Nasser Al Razooqi, Director General of Artificial Intelligence, Dubai Police
11:20-11:50 Future of First Response: Vision for Fire Services
Technical rescue response and emergency services while considering the effects of 9/11 on the Fire Service

Jeff Dulin, Strategic Advisor for National and International Programs, International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) (USA)
11:50-12:20 International Speaker:
Grenfell Tower- What have we learned?
The first response- 14th June 2017 0054 hrs: Factors creating challenges for firefighters- fire location, floor of origin, time of day, climate
Building a Safer Future- Dame Judith Hackitt review: Key learning areas- Competence, Culture, Control
Sir Martin Moore-Bick Public Inquiry: Emergency response. Fire precautions. Products. Culture. Responsibility
New legislation: A new regulator for certain buildings. New approvals gateways. Requirement for recording safety design details. Competence

Neil Gibbins QFSM FIFireE, Lead Fire Safety Consultant, CROSS (UK)
12:20-12:45 Design and Operations and current mechanisms of integration in masterplans and other projects for fire safety 

Alexander Castellanos, Head of Fire & Safety, WSP
12:45-13:10 Technical perspective : How do we look beyond the Beirut incident

Peter Van Gorp,
Associate Technical Director, HKA
13:10-13:30 Using Open Source Data Analysis in Crisis Planning

Dr.Ahmed Naimat,
Media Response Unit Director, National Center for Security and Crisis Management (NCSCM)
13:30-14:30 Networking Lunch
14:15-14:30 Registration for the Dubai Civil Defense Workshop
14:30-15:10 New ESL certification service for fire and life safety products
Product certification is used globally as a successful market and regulatory tool to prove product benefits and its compliance with code requirements. How new ESL Certification is designed to remove bureaucratic frictions toallow businesses to gain trusted and efficient certification services for fire and life safety products?
The presentation aims at providing practical information on the certification process and certification requirements from the perspective of fire and life safety legislation in UAE for companies’ success.

Tomasz Kielbasa, Certification Manager, Dubai Civil Defence ESL
15:30-16:30 DCD Fire & Life Safety Annual Pitch Competition
The event brings together talents from all over the region to showcase their products to a panel of DCD, fire safety and business experts. Shortlisted participants will have a unique opportunity to pitch as part of the Fire & Life Safety Arena and demonstrate how their product/solution contributes to enhance fire and life safety.
16:30 End of day 2
10:00-10:45 Registration & Networking
10:55-11:00 Opening remarks from the conference chair
Tim Briggs, Past President of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
11:00-11:30 International Speaker
Managing health and safety – the here and now

Handling emergencies and supporting vulnerable workers
Risk management and overcoming them through lessons learnt

Kate Field, Global Head Health, Safety and Well-being, British Standards Institution  
11:30-12:00 International Speaker
Remembering the lessons from the Covid Pandemic and preparing for future pandemics and preparedness in hospitals for future Pandemic Incidents (MCI)
Learn how proactive action plans were used to manage the MCI response related to the pandemic

Nick Pahl, CEO, Society of Occupational Medicine (UK)
12:00-12:30 Ensuring the health, safety and welfare of first responders and communicating the acceptability of risk during an emergency
Understanding how to communicate the acceptable risks with employees to their buy-in
How to engage and gain trust of employees within the organisation

Graham Parker, Past President IOSH and Ambassador for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) (UK
12:30-13:00 International speaker:
Addressing the PTSD in emergency staff and stress management

Learn about the process and benefits of updating the staff with continuous training
Training for first responders that addresses trauma informed and self-care

Jan Fox, Executive Director - Safe Communities, REACH Council for Safe Communities & Co-Chair of the Canadian Municipal Network on Crime Prevention (Canada)
Networking Lunch
14:00-14:45 International Speakers:
Optimizing responses and preparedness for Mass Casualty Incidents (MCI) and addressing the lessons learnt
Understand the role that sustenance, fatigue and sleep plays in prevention of accidents and response. Ensuring health provision is made for the responders

Tim Briggs, Past President of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH)
Emma Cook,
Director, Purely Balanced
14:45-15:45 Panel Discussion: Building resiliency toward the “New Normal” and communication’s and buy in of first responders
Best practices for minimizing organizational impact and developing a truly resilient organization
Improving safety, security, centralised command center coordination and business contingency resilience
Building on the recall of the first responders to ensure continuous training and development
Ensuring responders are properly trained to use the available new technologies

Tim Briggs, Past President, the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health

Emma Cook, Director, Purely Balanced 
Nick Pahl, 
CEO, Society of Occupational Medicine (UK)
Kate Field, 
Global Head Health, Safety and Well-being, British Standards Institution
Sinclair Duffie (V),
Head of Fire Department Support, Nawah Energy Company
16:00 Closing remarks and end of day 3

Past Speakers

Advisory Board Members:-

  • Emergency planning and preparedness
  • Operations & emergency response
  • Resilience & business continuity Planning
  • Transforming people – The key to being safe
  • Technology, tools and approaches to reduce response times
  • Best practices in planning and executing an emergency response system to enable preparedness at all levels of an organization and the nation as a whole
  • How to build a unified command centre and enhance its technological capabilities for smooth coordination of crisis management activities
  • Best practices to manage risk, optimize safety procedures and assure safety for first responders using the latest cutting-edge technologies
  • Access to real information on what operators tested, what equipment they installed, what results they got and how it helped them during an emergency
  • How to improve security resilience with enhanced intrusion detection, electronic surveillance and monitoring equipment with early alarm systems

The Agile First Responders Conference is designed to appeal to safety, security, fire and first responders working at all levels and includes SVPs, VPs, Directors, Superintendents, Supervisors, Specialists, Engineers, Leaders, and Managers of:

  • Crisis and Emergency (Disaster) Management 
  • Cyber, Information and IT Security 
  • Emergency Response and Services 
  • Emergency Services 
  • Industrial Safety and Security 
  • Airport Security 
  • Asset Security, Protection and Facilities Management 
  • Business Continuity 
  • Contingency Planning and Loss Prevention 
  • Corporate Security 
  • Infrastructure Security 
  • Risk Assessment and Management 
  • Safety and Security Training 
  • Inspection and Control 
  • Transport Security 
    Other related job functions

Industries include

  • Airports, Railways and Seaports 
  • Oil and Gas Companies 
  • Defence and Homeland Security Establishments 
  • Chemical Companies 
  • Emergency Response Agencies 
  • Government Authorities, Police and Security Agencies 
  • Government Facilities 
  • IT, Telecom and Communications 
  • Banks and Financial Institutions 
  • Manufacturing Companies 
  • Public Infrastructure and Utilities 
  • Special Events 
  • Stadiums and Religious places 
  • Transportation Companies 

Other related industries