The program will be announced when we approach the Annual General Meeting 2021.
Tenders and framework agreements. How do we get the best agreements? Must all agree to the same terms and needs? What are the consequences for the Danish Emergency Management Organization being part of the Armed Forces procurements? Process plan, stakeholders, agreements (what is to be run by the board of management and/or the emergency commission), law, advantages/disadvantages of a framework agreement, what we do well today, and we can do better in the future. Panel discussion about tenders, united procurements etc. The panel consists of: Karen Bak Aastrup (Brigade Commander, Danish Emergency Management Organization), Christian Ishøj (Acting Deputy Chief, Ministry of Defense Materiel and Procurement Agency), Rikke Søgaard (Partner, Horten), Bent H. Hansen (Special consultant in strategic procurement at the Greater Copenhagen Fire Department) and Torben Groos (Acting Chief Commander, Brand & Redning Sønderjylland).
Host: Rasmus Storgaard Petersen, Beredskab Øst.
Drone flight; Are we aware of the formalities?
Drones and modern drone technology are becoming an increasing part of the Emergency Service’s operations. The Greater Copenhagen Fire Department has developed an operating manual for flying drones. It is the result of a process with many learning points, being relevant to other emergency services as well. The operations manual is intended to ensure that drone flights take place in accordance with current regulations and that drone pilots maintain their competences. The presentation will focus on the situations where the emergency services use drones and how to ensure operations through fixed procedures. The post will open for debate and questions, just as the new operations manual will be launched and distributed. The presentation will be held by area manager Simon Kjærgaard, Greater Copenhagen Fire Department, who has also been Danish Emergency Management Organization’s representative in the national work to create rules and frameworks for the use of drones. The operations manual will be distributed, and we expect to be able to demonstrate drone vehicles and drone flying outdoors.
Competence requirements of the future.
What should the future education of operation managers, team leaders and fire fighters look like? What demands and wishes are there, and which requirements should be set?
How do we create the best operational education within the emergency services in the future?
Do we educate in the operational competencies that are required by today’s emergency services?
Is the content of the training for firefighters, team leaders and operation managers up to date with modern, innovative emergency services, where new building types continue to emerge, where modes of transport change and where the risk of major damage and large operations increases?
We create a workshop with the involvement of the audience, in order to collectively point to the education of the future. Loa Gottlieb is the host and other relevant educational speakers will provide brief inputs from the stage. Afterwards, the result of the workshop will be handed over to the Education Committee in Danish Emergency Management Organization, for the future work of shaping the emergency services’ operational training.
The green transition is coming to the emergency services as well. Thus, emergency vehicles running on alternative fuels will soon find their way to the garages. Rosenbauer and RK Brand & Teknik demonstrate a premiere in the form of their latest version of an electrically powered first response vehicle (RT) with updated technology. RT is built from the button up with the purpose of being an electrically powered but fully operational fire extinguishing vehicle.
More than a year with COVID closure of activities within the emergency services has had a particular effect on training and maintenance activities. Hence, there is an urgent and increasing need to develop and gain experience with the digital teaching platforms. We therefore invite several different speakers to take part in a debate on learning gains, limitations and development potential within the field of education. We ask questions about whether the digital platforms can solve future challenges associated with a new lock-down? And how much can we in fact conduct through these platforms? In our panel, representatives from from Dapuc, UNI, Beredskab Fyn etc. will present their applications of E-learning tools. This will be followed by a debate with the audience about the future possibilities for a broader joint use of E-learning within the various emergency services.
Host: Jesper Sloth Hesselberg, Network Operative.
Nordic virtual planning game. Based on a case with one incident, four Nordic teams, each with three selected ISLs, are given the task of providing input to the task. In this way, we strengthen knowledge sharing and inspiration across the Nordic borders. Furthermore, we provide insight into and inspiration for operational tactics, equipment and management based on similar, yet different parameters. The four teams will be presented with the case shortly before the beginning of the input on stage, and while they find operational solutions, the audience will receive the same presentation. Afterwards, the four teams share their thoughts. There will be time for inputs from the audience as well as other teams.
The presentation will be held in the Scandinavian languages.
The use of modern technology in education is gaining ground in several places and could be the future of education within the emergency services. EVRT is a VR-based training system that provides the opportunity to train the skills needed as an ambulance manager, operations manager SUND, operations manager POLITI or operations manager BRAND. With VR simulation training, you get direct feedback on your actions and the decisions you make under pressure in major, specific incidents. A demonstration will be held with virtual reality exercises.
The challenges related to natural gases during operations. Presentation of Evida, gas and safety, knowledge of gas pipelines, etc.
Evida is Denmark’s new gas distribution company, and a result of a merger between HMN GasNet and Dansk Gas Distribution. Evida owns, operates and maintains the gas distribution network throughout the country as part of Denmark’s critical infrastructure. 400,000 private customers and businesses are supplied with gas for heating and production, and the security of supply must stay intact. Hear about Evida’s contingency plan. Topics relating to “Awareness of gas pipelines” and “Precautions in case of gas emissions” will be in focus. The presentation will be held by Per Persson, head of supervision and emergency coordination, Evida.
Municipal crisis management, the contingency plan (the §25 municipal plan) and the health contingency plan. The interaction between plans, municipalities, KL – Local Government Denmark and National Security Council (NOST). Own experiences: What works and what can be improved, as seen from the perspective of KL. The presentation will be held by Laila Kildesgaard, director of KL.
Joint exercise and training. Beredskab Øst and the Greater Copenhagen Fire Department demonstrate container-based exercise modules, which are currently used across and jointly between the two emergency services. There will be a demonstration with the participation of Beredskab Fyn using a special chemical test container.
Temporary events in 2021. Can the applicants navigate the new regulations, and do they get satisfactory case processing? Are the roles of the authorities sufficiently well-defined for various events?
How does the fire brigade’s planning for large events compare to that of other authorities?
Interactive presentation on co-operation and challenges, with participants from municipal rescue services, the respective municipalities, the police etc.
Host: Arne Christensen, TrekantBrand.
Exercises with benefits.
We all need exercises, both manually and strategically.
A few years ago, the Central Jutland Region didn’t have a plan or a concept for exercises within the pre-hospital area.
Hear how the region has approached the task of building an exercise concept. What were the thoughts behind it, how have they gained support, what has been done and what does the Central Jutland Region want to achieve with their exercise activities?
Presentation will be held by Lone Kibsgaard, special consultant, Department of Health Preparedness, Exercise Manager from the Central Jutland Region.
In 2021, the united European leadership education, Officers Leadership and Development Program (OLDP), will begin. Danish leaders from the municipal emergency services will get the opportunity to participate with European colleagues, but what can we expect? The introduction and presentation of the program carried out by Jakob Vedsted Andersen, member of Federation of European Fire Officers Management Board, with responsibility for education and management.
The technological development is happening at a fast pace, and energy storage in batteries is becoming increasingly common. This raises several issues for the emergency response team in the event of fire and accidents, where e.g. electric vehicles are involved. What do we know now and what plans are being made for handling fire in batteries? What challenges must the emergency services pay special attention to in terms of working environment, tactics, training and equipment? A panel consisting of representatives from the Danish Emergency Management Agency (Beredskabsstyrelsen), the Danish Agency for Housing and Planning, Beredskab ØST and researchers will be debating the topics. The host is Rasmus Storgaard Petersen.
Robots – what are they capable of today? How far are we in the use of new technology to help the emergency services? Technological mediation, artificial intelligence and innovation help change the future possibilities – also within emergency preparedness. What can we learn from other operational units, e.g. the Armed Forces? Presentation will be held by Andreas Graae, Department of Military Technology, the Defense Academy.
In recent years, there has been an increased focus on diversity and equality within the Danish emergency services. A lot has happened since 2018, but we are not there yet. Take part in a competition between “the girls and the boys”, where you, together with leaders of Danish emergency management, get a feeling for your own and others level of prejudice. With a touch of dry humor, we focus on our attitudes towards gender, professionalism, ethnicity, sexuality and more, and who knows, maybe we’ll be surprised? The quiz is interactive, so please download the Kahoot app before the game begins.
Muneeza Rosendahl and Tim Simonsen (both members of the Danish Emergency Management Organization’s Diversity Group) are quiz masters.
The National Police in the center of a pandemic. The National Police reports on the challenges associated with Corona, about the formal management of the partnership in the National Security Council (NOST), and on various impressions from the corporation with other sectors, including the emergency services. What has the National Police experienced during the co-operations, and do things need to be adjusted in the future? The presentation will be held by the National Police.
Around New Year 2019/2020 and months ahead, Australia was ravaged by many large natural and forest fires. The resources of the Australian emergency services were stretched to the limit. Immediately after came Corona, and by the past New Year, the continent has been hit by record amounts of rainfall, with flooding to a greater extent than seen in past 50 years. We hear about the logistical and tactical challenges of coordinating this many simultaneous, continuous, and major incidents. How were efforts and resources prioritized, and what is it like to be responsible for managing logistics with so many simultaneous incidents? How to maintain an overview of the situation, and how does the pressure from politicians, the media and the public affect the decisions made?
These and similar topics are enlightened by Stuart Ellis, Head of AFAC, who coordinates the emergency services’ resources nationally in Australia. The presentation will be held in English, online, by Stuart Ellis, CEO, AFAC – Australian National Council for Fire, Emergency Services and Land Management.