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Top speakers are beginning to assemble for this year%u2019s annual conference of the Emergency Planning Society, the professional association for those working in the resilience and emergency response sector.

The event will be held on 29-30 September at the Emergency Planning College in Yorkshire, discussing current live topics, from the implications of the new Modern Slavery Act, to preparing NATO summits.

Two speakers already confirmed for the speaker’s rostrum are Dave Ramscar, who has recently returned from heading up the UK’s International Search and Rescue Team in Nepal, and Jerry Smith OBE, who was deputy head of the UN Mission to Syria which successfully verified and destroyed Syria’s chemical weapons capability.

Dave Ramscar is Chief Fire Officer for Lincolnshire, and is the Chief Fire Officers Association Lead Officer for the UK’s International Search and Rescue Team, a partnership of 15 UK Fire & Rescues Services which provides the UK’s overseas search and rescue capability. He led the UK’s search and rescue contribution to the recent earthquake in Nepal.

Jerry Smith OBE was a former Royal Engineers officer, before joining the civil service working on chemical and biological defence. He joined the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in 2006 as a weapons inspector, developing programmes in many areas of the world including Iraq and Syria. His final position on leaving the OPCW in 2014 was Head of Contingency Operations.

Tony Thompson, Chair of the EPS, said: “Natural disasters and the actions of individuals continue to create enormous problems for those working in the response and humanitarian sectors around the world. Recent events affecting aviation, Paris, Sydney, Nepal, Tunisia, are just some of the many emergencies that demonstrate more than ever the need for planning, training, exercising, sharing information and working together for the public good, whether we are working for governments or commercial companies, or volunteers.

“I am pleased that we already have some great topics and speakers lined up for our conference this year.”

The conference is open to non-EPS members – further information can be found at www.the-eps.org/events

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