Agile First Responders Conference

Emergency response excellence & innovation: strategy, tactics and deployment - a three day conference from 16 – 18 January 2022

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 taking place from 16-18 January 2022 at Intersec, is a jam-packed three-day 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  is 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.


10:30  Registration, coffee and networking
10:45 Opening remarks from the conference chair
11:00 Keynote Opening: Safety Protection and Emergency Response
11:15 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 
What did we learn about the need and the way to communicate with the public, while coordinating agencies, and rallying and deploying staff?
How do we prepare cities to stop crises before they happen, and recover swiftly when they do?
11:45 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

12:15   Panel Discussion : Government and public private sector collaboration to develop flawless security and emergency response systems
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
13:00 Future responses to emergencies
Gain insights on the plans and strategies Sharjah Police have implemented as a response to attend to future emergencies 
13:30 Prayer and lunch break 
CASEFILE: 2020 Beirut Port explosion
14:30 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? 
15:00 Technical perspective : How do we look beyond the Beirut incident:
15:30 Technological advances to help responders in the case of the Beirut incident:
Enhancing preparedness by leveraging technologies such as AR/VR in training front line workers to keep them safe, mobile and efficient
-  Exploring VR training for first responders
-  Learn how VR enable frontline workers to practice their skills as part of their training
16:00 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 responders
16:30 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 
17:00 End of Conference Day 1
10:00   Registration, coffee and networking

10:45 Opening remarks from the conference chair
11:00 Vision on going beyond compliance  and standards for emergency response and protecting assets
11:15 Future of First Response: Vision for Police
11:45  Case Study: The Address Hotel Downtown fire/ Dubai Marina Torch Tower Fire

Learn how the city’s emergency services responded in record time and getting to the site. This session will share insights on how a high level of preparedness by the ambulatory services and other departments, including Dubai Police and Civil Defence, ensured that immediate help was extended to all involved in the emergency
12:15 Future of First Response: Vision for Emergency medical services

- Developing program requirements and testing prototypes of technology to improve emergency response time and accelerate decision-making to save more lives
- Actionable ideas for advancing emergency management effectiveness 
13:00 Emergency Medical Services Perspective: Lessons Learned from Boston Marathon bombing
During this session the speaker will share real life experience of an emergency response that took place during the tragic Boston Marathon where three people died within the first moments of the blast and more than 170 people were injured. Get real life account on the management of a hospital which received thirty-one victims, twenty-eight of them with significant injuries.

 -  Learn about the medical staff and first responders coordination

Prayer and lunch break

CASEFILE: Grenfell Tower Fire
14:30 Future of First Response: Vision for firefighting 
- Enhancing logistical resources and preparation by planning in advance to ensure continuity of operation
-  Identifying future technology to ensure responders are better protected, connected and fully aware
15:15 Case Study: A community member’s perspective of the Grenfell Tower Fire
As a resident of Grenfell Tower between 2011 and 2014, Gill Kernick has strong ties to the tragedy that befell the building’s residents in June 2017. She will share insights on the multiple failed opportunities that could have prevented the Grenfell Tower Fire.
15:45 Technical Perspective: Leading the change – lessons from the Grenfell Tower
16:15 Predictive analysis  how this can be used for operational and planning
- Deploying communication systems for public safety for an integrated planning, monitoring and coordinated action during a situation using predictive analysis
- Enhancing technological capabilities for smooth coordination during an emergency
- Teaching responders on how to use the equipment and educating them on the science and technology 
16:30 Effective high-rise fire management: Using smart surveillance techniques to improve security



End of Conference Day 
10:00 Registration, coffee and networking
10:45 Opening remarks from the conference chair
11:00   Keynote :The importance of Business Continuity for an effective emergency response management
11:15 Resilient Cities 
- How can leaders contribute to a community’s swift recovery in the aftermath of any incident or catastrophe?
- What role does financial remuneration play in helping a community to rebound, both practically and psychologically?
- Why do some cities reemerge with a new spirit, while others remain diminished? 
11:45 Healing a First Responder
-  What were the physical and emotional health needs of emergency and first responders
-  How can coordinated partners provide the necessary care and contacts throughout the region?
-  What role can a community or organization play in the recovery process?
12:15 Training and management of emergency crew
- Learn about the process and benefits of updating the staff with continuous training
- The Process for sira Dubai security training
- Risk, crisis and disaster management development for all levels of emergency staff
12:45 Panel Discussion : The integration of business continuity for emergency response personnel both during and after COVID-19
Explore how the emergency response has adapted, developed, and evolved aligning to business continuity, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This panel will share insights on 
- The development of Emergency Response in light of COVID-19 and moving towards the “New Normal”
- New vulnerabilities for Emergency Response during COVID-19
- Avoiding mixed messaging
13:30 Prayer and lunch break 
14:30 Role of GIS in emergency response planning and recovery
- Discussing the 5 Ms of GIS: Mapping, measuring, modelling, monitoring and management
- Using spatial planning for successful recovery from an incident
15:00 Managing health and safety – the here and now
- Handling emergencies and supporting vulnerable workers 
- Risk management and overcoming them through lessons learnt 
15:30 Panel Discussion: Communications and buy in of first responders 
- 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
- Importance of integrated training of all involved
16:30 When the Dust Settles – Health issues for first responders
- Addressing both physical and psychological health issues in first responders
- Aligning welfare needs of responders and workers to the emergency
- Emergency and first responders readiness to attend to another emergency situation
17:00 End of Conference Day


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

Emergency responders share the need for expertise in incident management. Intersec brings together police, fire fighters, military, security professionals, safety teams, technical rescue experts, marine rescue, ambulance and medical professionals.

The nexus workshops provide an opportunity for practical benchmarking and knowledge exchange on drills, policies, procedures, and practical training. This three-day workshop programme will cover the before, during and after of incident management.

Day One                Day Two  Day Three 

Before an incident

Defensive and offensive tactics

Monitoring systems and alerts

Network intelligence and data sharing

Incident Management

Control room simulations

Key skills for incident management

Case study scenario simulation

Mitigation of risk

Contingency planning

Stakeholder communication

Forensic data analysis

Legal implications and development of policy 

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