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Wednesday, 20 November (Excursions & Visits)

1000Meet at Pick-up/Drop-off Point(s)
Excursion 1: Visit to First Responder Training & Operating Environment
1045Arrival at the Home Team Tactical Centra (HTTC)
1100Introduction of HTTC & Presentation on the Redevelopment of the Civil Defence Academy
1130Tour of HTTC and Observation of IERE Exercise
1215Departure from HTTC
Excursion 2: Visit to Home Team Academy & The Human Performance Centre
1245Arrival at the Home Team Academy (HTA)
1300Lunch Reception & Networking
1400Presentation on the Human Performance Centre (HPC)
1430Tour of the HPC
1515Departure from HTA
Excursion 3: Visit to Industry Facility - TBC
1600Arrival at Industry Facility
1615Presentation by Industry Partner
1645Demonstration and Tour of Facility
1730Return to Pick-up/Drop-off Point(s)


Thursday, 21 November (FRSPS Mainstage)

0900Welcome and Opening Address
0910Keynote Address [To be announced]
Mr. Narongsak Osottanakorn, Governor, Phayao Province, Thailand
0940Panel Discussion 1: Lessons from the Thai Cave Rescue - Reflections and Perspectives
To be announced
Session 1: First Responder Performance
1050Maximising Human Performance in Challenging Operating Conditions [Synopsis]
Dr. Matt Brearly, Charles Sturt University
1120Development, Implementation and Effectiveness of Physical Employment Tests And Standards for the UK Fire and Rescue Services [Synopsis]
Dr. James Bilzon, University of Bath
1150Panel Discussion 2
1220Lunch Reception & Networking
Session 2: Safety & Health Issues of First Responders
1400Balancing between Protective and Comfort Functions of Firefighters' Personal Protective Equipment [Synopsis]
Dr. Lee Joo-Young, Seoul National University
1430Protecting First Responders against Toxic Materials - Lessons from Industry
Mr. Alphons Held, Global Marketing Leader for Emergency Response, Dupont
1500Tea Break
Session 3: Special Topics & Emerging Challenges
1520Practitioner's Perspective [To be announced]
Singapore Civil Defence Force
1550Emergency Response Operations under Climate Change and Extreme Environments [Synopsis]
Dr. Andreas Flouris, FAMES Laboratory, University of Thessaly
1630Final Panel Discussion: Safety & Perforamnce of First Responders - Current and Emerging Challenges
1700Conclusion: A Global Community of First Responders - Areas for research, innovation & collaboration
1715End of FRSPS 2019



Maximising Human Performance in Challenging Operating Conditions

This session provides an overview of the issues facing heat exposed responders and a range of practical, evidence-based strategies to mitigate them. This presentation demonstrates that the consequences of working in the heat can be sustained well beyond the exposure period through the dreaded ‘heat hangover’; that seasonal patterns of workplace harm exist and more broadly, and that pseudoscience exists within contemporary heat stress management. A range of proven strategies will be discussed to maximise worker health, safety and productivity. In doing so, prevailing hydration and cooling practices will be challenged by the application of research findings, with case studies from some of the harshest environments on earth.

Dr. Matt Brearley, Charles Sturt University, Australia

Development, Implementation and Effectiveness of Physical Employment Tests and Standards for the UK Fire and Rescue Services

Professor James Bilzon will demonstrate how he systematically developed and implemented Physical Employment Tests and Standards (PETS) for the UK Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) by: i) performing a series of task analyses to identify the most physically demanding tasks performed by personnel; ii) engaging stakeholders and technical specialists to identify minimum acceptable performance standards; iii) validating practical surrogate tests of physical capacity; iv) identifying pass/fail criteria for each test and; v) working with the employer to develop physical capacity management processes. Finally, he will share new and emerging evidence on the effectiveness and positive impact of this initiative.


Dr. James Bilzon, University of Bath, United Kingdom

Balancing Between Protective and Comfort Functions of Firefighters’ Personal Protective Equipment

Firefighters’ heavy and layered personal protective equipment (PPE) induces heat strain, which impairs firefighters’ performance in the line of duty during summer. Increasing protective functions of PPE decreases comfort functions of PPE, and vice versa. Balancing between protective and comfort functions is a challenging issue. We will introduce a series of research on test methods about protective and comfort functions of firefighters’ PPE, heat strain of firefighters and cooling intervention to alleviate their heat strain.

Dr. Lee Joo-Young, Seoul National University, South Korea

Emergency Response Operations under Climate Change and Extreme Environments

The first part of this talk will show how climate change raises the likelihood of first responders’ deployment by increasing the frequency and intensity of natural disasters and people’s movements through borders. The second part of the talk will focus on the extreme conditions under which first responders typically operate in, caused by the environment, the psychophysical stress, and the need to wear protective clothing. Taken together, the two parts of this talk will discuss the relevance of climate change and extreme environments on the safety and effectiveness of emergency response operations.

Dr. Andreas Flouris, FAME Laboratory, University of Thessaly, Greece

Brief Details of FRSPS 2019


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  • 20 November (Excursions & Visits)
  • 21 November (Symposium)

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