Consultancy

Public safety consultancy and forensic analysis by real world expert practitioners with postgraduate credentials.

Our consultants have international experience in various consultancy projects, from writing national level emergency management plans for the United Nations, through to the experience of writing the national urban search and rescue training framework, response team accreditation system, and developing international award winning emergency reserve programmes.

We have a global talent network enabling us to engage other post-graduate experts to ensure we can deliver on any complex public safety consultancy project. Working in less developed countries during humanitarian operations or on capacity building projects, we have real world experience in real disasters.

Career achievements of our consultants include:

  • Development of NZ national urban search and rescue training system
    • Competency based qualifications for USAR, Rope and Confined Space
    • National Evaluator and Train-the-Trainer rollout (USAR)
    • Inaugural USAR canine readiness evaluator (disaster search dog certification)
    • National USAR Orange Card/ID card system
  • Co-authoring the international award winning swiftwater recovery specialist programme
  • Developing the National Civil Defence Disability Assistance Dog Tag project
  • Founding and restructuring the SPCA National Rescue Unit
    • Instructor development
    • Development of new capabilities: confined space, large animal, boat, swiftwater
    • Review of health and safety systems
  • Management of NZQA Registered Training Organisation accreditation
    • EMANZ, SPCA College, New Zealand Fire Service
  • Providing expert advice to QC and Chief Coroner on high profile disaster inquiries
  • Establishing emergency reserve programmes (disaster volunteer surge capacity)
    • Ministry of Social Development
    • Wellington SPCA
  • Managing the United Nations WFP response to H1N1
  • Review of corporate water safety policies and practices
  • Leading major organisational reviews, leading change and restructures
    • Workforce engagement surveys
    • Volunteer recognition programmes
  • Project management of emergency response solution implementation
    • New Zealand’s first implementation of the AlertUsĀ® integrated alerting system
    • Implementation of D4H Incident Management System for animal disaster response
    • Procurement and installation of Hytera DMR radio and Iridium Satellite communication systems
  • Establishing the International Technical Rescue Association
  • Representation on the Officials Domestic & External Security Committee (ODESC)
  • International awards including
    • Rescue 3 International: Instructor of the Year
    • Higgins & Langley International Award for Swiftwater Rescue
    • International Association of Emergency Managers: Global Business & Industry Award
  • Authoring novel concepts including Evidence Based Dynamic Doctrine, and Disaster Terrorism.
  • Founding representative on the DPMPC National Security System: Ensuring Public Safety Cluster
  • Speaker at Asia-Pacific Programme for Senior National Security Officials (APPSNO Alumni)
  • First New Zealand Commissioner to be appointed to the IAEM CEM Commission
  • Chairing, National Welfare Coordination Group under the National CDEM Plan
  • Development of national and international training frameworks
    • NZ National USAR Training System
    • ITRA qualifications framework
    • Ministry of Social Development: EM & BC credentialing framework
    • Assisting development of NFPA 1670 technical animal rescue standard (chapter)
  • Capacity building projects around the world
    • EOC training – Kingdom of Tonga
    • Community Disaster Risk Reduction – train the trainer – Fiji
    • Humanitarian Response Training: Indonesia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Philippines.
    • Dubai Police Special Task Force – specialist rope rescue training
    • Queensland Fire & Emergency Services – specialist rescue instructor training
    • US Special Forces (USAF Combat Rescue) – specialist rescue training
  • Major departmental internal reviews
    • National Security Compliance – against Security in the Government Sector requirements
    • Emergency Management & Business Continuity – against M&E and EMAP requirements
  • Developing new and reviewing existing postgraduate emergency management/public safety qualifications
    • Massey University (Masters in Emergency Management)
    • University of Canterbury (Graduate Certificate in Public Safety)
  • Response operations across numerous disasters
    • Leading NZ’s largest animal rescue operation (Edgecumbe Floods, 2017)
    • Canterbury earthquake (2011)
    • Typhoon Katsana (Laos)
    • Typhoon Yolanda (Philippines)
    • Samoan Tsunami (Samoa)
  • Providing expert advice to Ministers and MPs
    • Advisor to Ministerial Advisory Group (Hon. John Carter, Minister of Civil Defence)
    • Advice to Hon. Meka Whaitiri, on animal welfare issues
    • Advice to Gareth Hughes MP, on animal welfare issues