"Are our arks ready?" David Lane, a leading emergency services adviser and event sponsor, reports from the recent Management of Major Flood Emergencies seminars for Emergency Services Managers and Emergency Planners held in June at the RNLI's Lifeboat College, Poole.(Special Services)

CO-SPONSOR PAUL O'SULLIVAN of Rescue 3 (UK) and Martin Bills both acknowledged leading lights in their fields, especially at the vital cutting edge 'first responder rescue techniques' end of matters, opened the discussions with an Overview of UK Flooding, Understanding Water Dynamics, Swiftwater and Flood Hazards, Resource Types and Uses.

The audiences, for all presenters, were lively and very participative, proceeding to demonstrate their own knowledge, and contributed immensely to the whole proceedings by sharing thoughts and, sometimes hard edged, questions with speakers--to my mind treasured facets of emergency practitioners everywhere.

Tim Rogers, Battalion Chief from Charlotte Fire Brigade, who is already known to the UK audiences having given a fascinating flood management presentation at last years 'Watersafe 2004' conference went on to expand on Flood Management Principles and Philosophies. Starting with Hazard Assessment he set out to discuss the main issues of:

* Where does it flood?

* Why does it flood? Rainfall rate, volume, and/or tidal influence.

* What is impacted?

* What is required to provide a capable response?

He then went on to show that The Four Realities of Major Flood Emergencies (MFEs) being:

* The floods by their very nature are multi-agency events. …

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