PHOTOS FROM THE AWARD
Well done! Damian with his very deserving team of brave Fire Service Colleagues and a Proud CFO!
Damian's ERT SAR Bio
Technical Rescue & USAR
In his 8 plus years as a member of ERT SAR, he has deployed several times and notably the Typhoon Haiyan deployment to the Philippines. Damian is a Tactical Advisor (TacAd) and Technical Rescue Advisor. Previously he also servced as the Technical Rescue Lead of The Marine Unit and ERT SAR Technical Rescue Section for over 6 years.
Damian is a qualified Teacher (Huddersfield University), National Training Award Winner with FSC, Diploma in Specialist Rescue (Coventry University), Incident Command Station Manager qualification (FSC), Incident Management of Land & Water operations (Outreach Rescue). He is medically qualified in Immediate Casualty Care.
He has trained and worked all over the world including North America, South Africa, Iran, the Gulf States and the EU (European Union). He also teaches Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) and Trench Rescue to other services teaching at the Fire Service College (FSC) Moreton-on-the-Marsh.
LINK TO BIO
Great weekend doing medical training! | Stop the Bleed | RYA First Aid
& The Canadian Coast Guard
The Niagara Regional Police Marine Unit is a specialist branch of the the Niagara Regional Police Service. Like many Police Marine Unit's they have a huge responsibility for many public safety, service and rescue as ell as investigative calls. ERT SAR Marine Unit had a great time training together and performing a specialist technical rescue exercise involving a water, cliff drops and land and we were also well supported by the Canadian Coastguard who were also present.
The Niagara Regional Police Marine Unit is a very highly qualified Underwater Search and Rescue Unit (Dive Team) as well and have a lot of specialist gear and their facility includes a dive training tank on site, for capside and sunk vessels. ERT SAR plan to train again soon.
More pictures to come.
& The Royal Canadian Air Force SAR Techs
Our Marine Unit were honoured to train with the Peel Regional Police Marine Unit and the Royal Canadian Air Force - Search and Rescue Technicians (SAR Tech). Please enjoy these video clips.
"Global Operators And Leaders" Humanitarian and Disaster Response Symposium 2018
Members of the Royal Marines Commandos with ERT SAR Disaster Response Search and Rescue team members and Directing Staff and Speakers at the Summer 2018 GOAL EXPO (Symposium) 
Timeless Lessons learned from International deployment to Pakistan
| ERT SAR, GARY FOO
UN Coordinator, Former Police Officer, Paramedic and Technical Rescue specialist Gary Foo speaks about their 2005 deployment to the Earthquake in Pakistan, their very successful humanitarian medical rescue mission and paralleled lessons identified with recent humanitarian deployments.
Flood and water Rescue Response in Britain & Outreach Rescue
| OUTREACH RESCUE, AL READ
Al Read is a 17 year veteran of the Royal Navy and a Search and Rescue and Flood and water subject matter expert. Here he talks about the DEFRA ConOps (Concept of Operations) and national flood response training and capacity as well as OUTREACH RESCUE*
"OPERATION RUMAN" C/Sgt Dixon, Royal Marines Commandos
| ROYAL MARINES COMMANDO, C/SGT JOHN DIXON, 40 CDO
Op. Ruman was the UK government's combined military & humanitarian operations in Sept' 2017 providing relief to British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean affected by Hurricane Irma. C/Sgt Dixon talks about the great work done by the Royal Marines of 40 Commando who deployed there.
International Disaster Medicine
| ERT SAR, DR LAUREN CLARKE, DISASTER & MEDICAL SPECIALIST
Dr Lauren Clarke first joined ERT SAR over 10 years ago when she had a degree in Disaster Management. Dr Clarke then completed her Medical Degree and became a Doctor specialising in and subsequently gained significant practical experience in disasters and emergencies.
PRACTICAL TRAINING SESSIONS
| RESCUE AND WATER RESCUE SESSIONS
The Emergency Response Team Search and Rescue (ERTSAR) and The Royal Marines Commandos got to train together in combined interoperable flood and swiftwater rescue skills taking from establish global best practise and using standards from the NFPA 1006 / 1670 2017 edition as well as the UK's DEFRA ConOps (Concept of Operations) for Flood and Swiftwater Rescue in the UK.
* ERT SAR are proud to be an Approved Centre for OUTREACH RESCUE
 G.O.A.L. is an acronym for "Global Operators And Leaders" and SAR Chief Gary Foo created this regularly held event almost 10 years ago to promote learning and sharing of information between members and guests. This year ERT SAR had TWO G.O.A.L.s... a winter G.O.A.L. in Canada and a Summer G.O.A.L. in the United Kingdom.
SUPPORTERS: Huge thank you to
The U.N. recognized N.G.O., "The Emergency Response Team Search and Rescue" Chief Executives Gary Foo and Virginia Foo were honored to be invited to attend a Mess dinner on board HMS Victory in Portsmouth by the Royal Navy Fleet Commander Vice Admiral Ben Key CBE.
The Vice Admiral and his lovely wife Mrs Elly Key, hosted a wonderful event recognizing the humanitarian work of the military, especially the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Commandos, as well as civilian groups like ERT-SAR (The Emergency Response Team Search and Rescue.)
Left to Right: Vice Admiral Ben Key, Fleet Commander of the Royal Navy,, ERTSAR Chief's; Virginia and Gary Foo at Mountbatten House
The Royal Navy is made up of five arms. The might of ships in the Surface Fleet, the aerial strength that is the Fleet Air Arm, the covert Submarine Service, the elite and amphibious Royal Marines, and the civilian fleet central to their effectiveness, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. There were members of the elite Royal Marines also present, some of whom had recently returned from the humanitarian deployment in the Caribbean, following the recent Hurricanes.
Her Majesty's Navy and does a lot of outstanding work in the service of others and it was wonderful to share the unique stories of success and achievement in the UK and around the world.
It was a lovely setting with prominent guests and representatives from the military, government, the private section and a few non-government organisations.
NOTE: GARY'S MILITARY GRANDPARENTS
Gary Foo was especially proud to be in Portsmouth again, as his 92 year old grand mother Constance "Connie" Bateman and late grandfather Cyril Nash both saw services during the Second World War in the Royal Navy. Cyril Nash saw very active service aboard the Hunt Class Destroyer HMS Quantock during the war.
"Connie later went on to marry Parachute Regiment Warrant Officer Bill Batemen, another decorated war veteran and goes to Arnheim in Holland, every year. VIDEO
ABOUT ERT SAR:
ERT SAR is a Disaster Response humanitarian organisation with deployments all over the world and works closely with bona fide partners, agencies and organisations with similar aims and objectives to alleviate suffering and distress and provide life saving rescue services as well as support.
Gary and Virginia Foo founded ERT SAR as a volunteer charity over 15 years ago and have deployed or assisted to aid thousands of victims and casualties around the world as well as in our local communities. ERT SAR train year around and are on stand by 24/7/365 to assist at times of need.
ERT SAR depends of dedicated selfless work of their volunteers and members who train to a high standard to ensure the best service delivery and care even in austere and compromised surroundings during times of crisis and recognizes the dedication of all of their members.