A major simulated water rescue operation involving the five key pre-hospital emergency services (Coastguard, Lagan Rescue, PSNI, Ambulance Service and Fire & Rescue Service) evolved today on Belfast Lough. The medical training exercise was part of the build up to the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine (SESAM) conference, being held in Belfast at the end of June. The international conference secured by Visit Belfast and Queen’s University Belfast will attract in the region of 1,000 delegates from across Europe.
The SESAM conference is one of several medical conferences that will be held in the city, capitalising on Belfast’s global academic and medical reputation.
Working with Queens University Belfast, Ulster University and Invest NI, Visit Belfast will target conferences and events that support their priority research, economic and investment objectives as well as 2020 tourism targets set by local and central government.
Rachael McGuickin, Director of Business Tourism at Visit Belfast, said;
“Hosting the SESAM conference, further positions Belfast as an exciting world-class conference and events destination. Queen’s University Belfast’s Clinical Simulation Centre is the first of its kind in Ireland and not only provides valuable training for the emergency services here but offers Visit Belfast the opportunity to attract a wide range of healthcare professional to the city.”
Pictured at the start of the exercise in Abercorn Basin, Titanic Quarter are Dr Martin Duffy and Dr Jim Murray from Queen’s University Medical School and Rachael McGuickin, Visit Belfast’s Director of Business Tourism, with representatives of the five key emergency agencies involved.