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2017 was a very successful year for SimTrainer: we built on existing client relationships and took our training to many new clients, building on our reputation for quality training delivery that is both engaging, interactive and informative.

In 2017 we worked across airport sites or with clients from:

  • Edinburgh
  • Manchester
  • Liverpool
  • East Midlands
  • Bournemouth
  • BAE Warton
  • Stansted
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Seychelles international

For 2018, Cardiff and Airbus at Chester further our existing client list.

We built a range of high-quality simulations for a number of local authority Fire & Rescue services to underpin their staff development in incident management, and provided technical support on a range of Fire Studio problems.

In September, we launched our new interactive training room. We also hired our Office Manager Rebecca, who is adding a great new dimension to the company, and undertaking a degree apprenticeship in Digital Solutions.

We welcomed on board Andy Barnes as a tutor in December, a retired fire officer from Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service. He has a wealth of operational experience at home and abroad, having been deployed overseas to many international disasters as part of the ISAR team. Andy was one of the developers of the Fire Management degree course through UCLAN, delivered the course to managers across the UK.

One of our most exciting projects is heading up a working group involving a number of airports in the use of electronic analytical risk assessment, having delivered a workshop to members of AFOA which was well received and placed online a range of templates for use in ARA on incidents.

What does 2018 hold?

We are pleased to have been asked by AFOA to host a workshop session at the conference in January on electronic ARA and the work of the group so far in incident safety.

The working group will be developing further templates for use in ARA.

Two further working group are being set up by SimTrainer to look at Hazmat in Aviation and Incident management Terminals with involvement of staff from 8 airports

As mentioned we are working with existing clients across the UK and look forward to being back at Farnborough, Bournemouth, BAE Warton, Manchester, East Midlands, Stansted, Edinburgh, Liverpool and the new starts at Airbus Chester and Cardiff airports.

Development work continues on new courses for other responders to assist in underpinning the JESIP principles and protocols and improve multi-agency working.

We have discussions underway that may see SimTrainer collaborating on overseas projects in the Middle East and other locations in Asia.

Early Summer sees us host our unique two day Fire Studio users event, an opportunity to learn and refresh on techniques, meet other users, share simulations and acquire new show only clip art and hear new developments available for users such as the new comm link software and the use of VR.

September sees SimTrainer at the Emergency Services Show for the first time – come and see us at stand D70!

We hope that our next year is even better than this one, and we hope that yours will be too!

Thanks for reading, and Happy New Year!

John & The Team

Author John Lord

Managing Director of SimTrainer UK.

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