Ian Nuttall's Story
Ian Nuttall is a member of Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Services and was also part of the 61 strong UK Fire and Rescue Service International Search and Rescue Team (UK-ISAR) mobilised to New Zealand to boost search and rescue efforts following the Christchurch earth quake in February 2011. His Fellowship took him to the USA, where his main aim was to learn from the experiences of SAR teams who have responded to large scale natural disasters or terrorist attacks - notably the events of September 11th 2001.
Ian spent time with fire departments in 5 major US cities, along with government agencies such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and two unique military units. Each service had dealt with different kinds of disasters which had informed their approach to planning, training and response.
Ian's Fellowship experience has given him greater confidence in himself, his skills and the role he can play. He now has an international network of professional contacts who have helped in his daily role on numerous occasions. Ian has shared his Fellowship findings with colleagues, and renewed his commitment to improving the skills of Fire Service Personnel in order to assist members of the public, both at home and internationally during an emergency. He also submitted his Fellowship report to Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service Senior Management, the International Search and Rescue Team Leader, and the UK Co-ordinator for UK-International Search and Rescue.