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The Voices of Those Affected by Critical Incidents 5th annual event

November 6, 2013 | Nick Taylor

Thursday, 7th November 2013, the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace played host to nearly 60 emergency response professionals from across the country at the fifth annual event to look at how emergency response impacts people during and following a critical incident.

The event at the Peace Centre brought together people from local authorities, transport operators, emergency services and voluntary agencies.

The event featured testimonies from people who have been affected by various incidents that have occurred over the past 40 years, including major emergencies and incidents that have only affected a few individuals. Speakers included bereaved families and survivors from the London bombings and also former emergency services responders.

This year delegates heard from David and Liz Gould, first responders at the site of the Lockerbie air bombing and also who sustained a loss in the July 2005 London bombings. They were joined by Lisa French and Jacqui Putnam, survivors of the July 2005 London bombing and Jon Bradshaw, a former paramedic and responder to the 1996 IRA Manchester bomb. Other speakers included a Police Family Liaison expert.

People attending got the chance to discuss with the speakers what worked and didn’t work with the response they received and also have the opportunity to network with other emergency responders from around the country. The event also considered the impact on responders of dealing with a critical incident and discuss self care issues.

Comments from previous participants:

“I found the comments of those caught up in disasters very helpful to reflect on – food for thought in every day work within the NHS as well as a member of the Red Cross.”

“As an emergency planner my work is often about the logistics of planning for emergencies, the experiences of those who have been affected by incidents are fed into the process as lessons learnt and the majority of emergency planners have a passion for the subject matter and providing the best care and support for those affected. However, there is nothing more motivating than hearing first hand from those who have experienced the things we are planning for. The most useful part was those presentations which set out what we as social workers/ emergency planners could do to ensure we don’t add to their grief and if at all possible make it easier to bear. I found having one of the speakers at the table very useful, being able to talk face to face with him and ask him about his experience and how he could have been better supported was invaluable”

“Listening to the experience firsthand from people who have experienced severe trauma, was a very valuable insight into the kind of support needed.”

“The presentations raised questions regarding how those affected by critical incidents are identified after returning to their place of residence. Further work with the Police FLO’s may be a way forward.”

“Listening to the survivors and getting first hand information/knowledge of what they feel would be beneficial for future planning.”

“Following our attendance at the Foundation’s event, Merseyside Police invited the Foundation to discuss how it could input into training for police officers and police staff and seminars have since been held for our Family Liaison Officers and Call Takers.” Lorraine Bradley, Force Operations, Merseyside Police

For further information, please contact Jo Dover, Direct Line: 01925 581240 Email: jo.dover@foundation4peace.org 

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The Voices of Those Affected by Critical Incidents (10:00 – 16:00)
The Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Centre, Peace Drive, Warrington, WA5 1HQ