Bio – Dave Connell – Survival Edge

06258d6Dave Connell is a survival and medical consultant with over 30 years of experience working in the most remote wilderness and hostile areas of the 644407_103881033133144_1372393526_nworld. Firstly, with UK Army Medical Services and Medical Support Unit UKSF and second, upon retirement, with international medical life support companies including co-founding Exmed UK and then as COO Global Operational Resources Group.
He offers clients a sensible, professional approach to managing projects overseas; and has considerable and varied experience supporting TV and Media productions, oil & gas projects, humanitarian operations in permissive and semi permissive environments, and in supporting various security industry projects both on land and at sea.

Dave Connell & Survival Edge provides training, consultancy, support & equipment to commercial & non-commercial groups working or operating in remote, wilderness & hostile areas of the world. Typical industry sectors are TV & media, oil & gas, construction, mining & security.

Recent Highlights:

– Series 1 – Survival reality TC Show – Survival consultant. Okavango Delta, Botswana.
– Series 1 – Survival reality TV Show – Medic, survival & safety services. Croatia & Iceland.
– Series 1 & 2 Man, Woman, Wild – Medic, survival & safety services. Croatia, Scotland & Aitutaki (Cook Islands) – Discovery Channel.
– Hostile Area Medical & Survival Skills training – Turkish Syrian border – New York Times.
– Vessel Protection Services – Counter Piracy, Gulf of Aden, High Risk Area, Indian Ocean. CRAFT International Risk Management

Previously Dave has been involved in:

– Media support services for Hunting Chris Ryan, Last Man Standing, Expedition Borneo, SAS Tough Enough, Long Way Round, & Long Way Down.
– Personnel recovery operation in Lebanon & Beirut during 2006 War.
– Training services to leading UK Private Military/Security Companies, such as Olive Group, Kroll, & CR Group. Also training of UN staff in Afghanistan, Iraq,
– Professional healthcare & life support services in Libya, Algeria, Papua New Guinea and many other countries worldwide.
– Pre-expedition training for BBC Natural History Unit, including Bruce Parry’s Amazon, & Expedition Borneo.
– Humanitarian medical & training services to UNOPS, UNDP, IOM and various other international NGO’s including Children In Need, & Asia Foundation. Afghanistan, Congo.
– Led medical major incident team following hospital collapse in Kabul in which over 50 personnel were killed or injured within the rubble.
– Ground truth mission Darfur, Sudan. Interfacing with key Govt officials to develop humanitarian services to displaced persons.
– Conceived & developed the Medicine In Remote Environments course, validated by the Faculty of Pre-Hospital Care, Royal College of Surgeons (Ed) which went on to become a security industry standard for life support close protection operations worldwide.