// Phil K.
Off Shore Medic and Dive Medic, Phil Keating is a highly regarded as a remote area safety operator by everyone who has worked with him or been trained by him. Phil served as an Expedition Medic in Antarctic waters supporting scientific research, Section Commander and Medic in a tier 1 Transport Regiment, responsible for pre-hospital care in remote locations on exercises and live ops across Europe and further afield, including Operation Granby (First Gulf War).
Phil was engaged as a Senior Engineer / Assistant Project Manager on a large construction project in the Isle of Man. Part of his remit was to ensure that confined space rescue and rescue from height escape plans were robust and in line with the Islands statutory authorities.
Phil then returned to the mainland and undertook a role as Senior Engineer/ Medic on the Thelwall viaduct refurbishment project. This involved engaging local statutory authorities and the formation of an on-site independent medic and rescue team. He also manned an ATACC fast response car at weekends bringing critical care to the roadside by way of the Consultant, other team members and advanced equipment that the car carried. During this time, he carried out extensive research into suspension trauma and crush injuries and made various presentations at conferences throughout the country.
Phil also worked as a hyperbaric medical technician at the Northwest Emergency Recompression Unit treating sick divers and other elective patients. During his time at the unit, Phil also taught on DMT and ALS courses. He has taught and assessed authorised firearms officers in Merseyside and North Wales on a bespoke military version of the PHTLS course. Phil part wrote the IEC course and syllabus, and has delivered the course to over 15 of the countries fire and rescue services, including Manchester, Heathrow, and Gatwick Airport Fire Services.
Following this contract Phil was engaged as a Senior Marine Engineer / Diver Medic on various marine civil engineering projects throughout the UK. Phil has attended many incidents throughout Europe as part of a medical rescue team, including earthquakes in Greece / Macedonia and the Indonesian Tsunami. He has trained earthquake rescue teams in Greece on crush injury and rescue protocols.
Phil then took up the role of Project Manager / Dive Engineer for a commercial diving Company, heading up the offshore emergency response team. He has also worked as team leader of the offshore emergency response team for the largest renewable energy project in Europe off the Welsh coast, responsible for all rope, confined space and swift-water rescues including medical intervention and evacuation.
For over eight years, Phil has responded for the local Ambulance Service to emergencies on a voluntary basis and was awarded a Marine medal
for gallantry from the Liverpool Shipwreck and Humane Society for a rescue of a casualty from a submerged car. Other recipients of this rarely awarded prestigious medal are the Captain of the Carpathia, the vessel that went to the aid of the Titanic.
In his spare time, in conjunction with the Ambulance service and the British Heart Foundation, Phil teaches basic life support and use of AED’s in the community.
Phil is a qualified rope rescue operator and supervisor and also teaches these courses, along with the full suite of GWO courses required for offshore wind projects, including sea survival, safe work at height and rescue. He is also an approved instructor for delivering City and Guilds confined space courses.
Coupled with a 15-year career as a qualified civil engineer, Phil is an asset to any project, either onshore, offshore, or in austere environments. He has a proven history in project management, and pre-hospital care.
Phil has recently been appointed as Trauma Lead for the UK Rescue Organisation, delivers medical training for a number of emergency and rescue services as well as being the medical and rope rescue lead for a Search and Rescue team.