Record fine following largest ever North Sea gas release


Oil and gas production company Total E&P UK Ltd has been fined a record £1.125 million at the Sheriff Court in Aberdeen after it admitted failures that led to largest release of gas on record from the Elgin Offshore platform.

On 25th March 2012, as rig workers were attempting a ‘well kill’, there was a sudden and uncontrolled release of gas and condensate, which created a real risk of fire or explosion on the platform. All 238 personnel were safely evacuated. Please click here for more info

CBRN incidents – Guidelines for emergency responders


King’s College London and Public Health England have just published two crisis communication tools that may be of interest to some members. The first one is designed as public information/education material containing information about CBRN threats, emergency response procedures and response organisations. The second one provides guidance to emergency response professionals about public behaviour, information needs and communication preferences during a CBRN incident.

The tools are the more practical output of the social science research in the context of a 3 1/2 year-EU-FP7-project about “Preparedness and resilience against CBRN terrorist attacks” ( The tools are based on extensive empirical research, including feedback from members of the public before, during and after a live simulation exercise involving about 300 emergency professionals and public volunteers.

The tools (along with other research reports from Work Package 8 (D8.8-D8.15)) can be downloaded here (,article,4,downloads.html). The direct links are: Public info ( and Professional Guidance (

Rosepark Care Home










Following our Seminar at the Scottish Building Standards, Livingston

we now share the presentations and signpost to additional resources:

Rosepark Carehome Fire Seminar 114.2 MB compressed version Quick Time Movie

Rosepark Carehome Fire Seminar 722.1 MB i-pad version

Rosepark Carehome Fire Seminar 376 MB i-phone version

Building Standards Perspective – Colin Hird 3.81 GB Quick Time Movie

Building Standards Perspective – Colin Hird 282 MB MPEG 4  web version

Building Standards Perspective Presentation pptx 4.7 MB

Discussion Slides – Eric Marchant pptx 9.8 MB

Fatal Accident Inquiry Scottish Law Courts

Rosepark Care Home An Examination of the Facts Strathclyde Fire and Rescue Service, based on the findings of Sheriff Principal Brian Lockhart, 20th April 2011