Gary Foo Bio

"Gary Foo is a published author and an authority on matters of Specialist Security / Protection, Disaster Response, Search and Rescue, Medicine and Healthcare and International Disaster Coordination.  He is a United Nations Coordinator and Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Response Advisor.  He specialised in Use of Force and Armed / Tactical Policing and Close Protection / Bodyguarding and has worked all over the world protecting Royal Families, Celebrities, HNW Individuals and Political / Corporate Leaders.  

He also pursued Tactical Medicine and has been involved Search & Rescue for some 20 years.  He is a Tech. Rescue Instructor in several disciplines and also a working operational Paramedic with PHTLS (Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support).  He does a lot of volunteer and charitable work including active global deployments with the United Nations recognised INSARAG (International Search and Rescue Advisory Group) Disaster Response teamERT Search and Rescue as well roles within the Police and Ambulance Service.

His recent books, the second edition of, Tactical Communications (Professionally Dealing with the Public and Diffusing Aggressive Behaviour)  and Emergency Response and Search and Rescue have been sold all over the world and in major international organisations." 

Gary Foo was the Chairman and a keynote speaker at Disaster Management and Crisis Response - Middle East 2009 in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Gary has some 25 years in the Emergency Services starting Policing at 18 years old.  He initially specialised in Use of Force and Armed Tactical Policing and also pursued Tactical Medicine and got into Search & Rescue in Canada.  He is a  Registered Paramedic with PHTLS (Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support).  He is a United Nations Coordinator and Disaster Risk Reduction and Emergency Response Advisor.

A published author since 1990 - his first publicly circulated book: "Tactical Communications - Professionally dealing with the public and difussing aggressive behaviour with verbal and non-verbal messages" was sold extensively in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.  (The Home Office, Queen Annes gate, London and Association of Chiefs of Police Offices (ACPO) sub-committee on self-defence used much of it to circulate to some 50,000 Police Officers in the United Kingdom between 1993 and 2000. 

Gary Foo was a keynote speaker at SAR 2007 in Washington DC, which was attended by a global "Who's Who" of Search and Rescue professionals. (Hosted by the Shephard Group.)
Gary presented at that time all over the world including the Canadian Ministry of the Solicitor General, The Ontario Police College and before Hertfordshire Police Asst, Chief Constable, head of the Public Safety Committee and the rest of the ACPO Use of Force Senior Police Officers at that time.)  It is still listed in the library resource with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Canadian Police College and the Justice Institue of BC, Canada.  It is now in its second edition. Gary's last book, "Civil Defence in Schools" (2008) was circulated to some 40,000 students in Pakistan and was also translated into Urdu.

He is also the author of the popular "Emergency Response and Search and Rescue" book - available on Amazon which has sold in outlets all over the world including: *The United Kingdom * The United States * Canada * Africa * US Military * The United Nations * Denmark * Singapore * Germany * Egypt * The United Arab Emirates (Dubai & Abu Dhabi) * Australia * Germany * Pakistan * The Metropolitan Police Library * The Justice Institute of B.C. * Mountain Rescue Assoc. *  etc.

Gary enjoys his family time when he can get it!  He also enjoys working out, martial arts, reading, adventure pursuits (like survival training), hiking, riding his motorcycle, Mountain biking, playing music (guitar and piano), movies, travelling and his job! Gary has appeared in some movies and televisions and is also a songwriter.  He is also the Founder (Si-Jo) of Philosopher & Warrior Martial Artswhich he developed whilst on the Police and has taught celebrities, business leaders, Police & Special Forces.  He is principle Faculty with DIMERSAR Academy and is is affiliated with several organisations like Black Badge and The Police Charter and Mountain Bike Search and Rescue and involved in a lot of charity and volunteer work.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Leadership and Management (FInstLM) and a Fellow of the College of Teachers (FCollT).

Summary - Professional Bio:

  • Civil Defence /Civil Protection Advisor
  • Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor / Disaster Management Consultant
  • Capacity Building Consultant
  • Technical Rescue Specialist / Instructor
  • (including NFPA Compliant Tech Rescue Subjects from Rope to Swiftwater etc)
  • Former armed Police Officer
  • University Lecturer & Instructor
  • Published Author (over 3 dozen books & manuals)
  • Specialist & Instructor in Search and Rescue
  • SAR Chief for ERT Search and Rescue
  • UN (United Nations) Civil Military Coordinator
  • UN (United Nations)  OSOCC Coordinator
  • UN OCHA Training
  • UN INSARAG Team Leader – Delegation UAE
  • Technical Advisory in Disasters and Rescue
  • UK Paramedic - Registration Number PA18093
  • PHTLS Certified (Pre Hospital Trauma Life Support)
  • ALS (Advanced Life Support) Certified
  • Medical and First Aid Instructor (RYA, HSE, etc)
  • VIP / Diplomatic Security & Close Protection Advisor
  • Policing and Security Specialist
  • Close Protection Officer (CPO)
  • Several Disaster / Rescue Missions
  • Mountain Bike Insttructor and Leader (MIAS)
  • Black Belt Martial Arts Instructor

Also A complementary Therapist (trained in Toronto, Canada and Bei Jing China.)
i.e., Acupuncture, Trigger Point Therapy, Massage, Sports Therapy, Fitness & NLP
Martial Arts Black Belt Instructor (Philosopher & warrior Martial Arts and MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) and a Weapons Trainer.

L2R: Lieutenant Janice Oh, Major Alvin Tan, Gary Foo (ERT) and Melvin (DART Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team - Commander)

With a senior officers from the Medical division, Fire and Technical Rescue and DART (Disaster Assistance and Rescue Team) inSingapore (Civil Defence Force.) 

The Singapore Civil Defence Force is a government organization and provides domestic (Singapore) and International Disaster Relief and have some 10,000 members and divisional locations all over the Singapore. 

The training is second to none and they have hosted INSARAG courses for the UN and regularly attend international SAR training as well as localized training and daily deployments. They are a very highly trained, well prepared impressive professional group.


Gary Foo presenting to an official delegation of Disaster Management and Response Experts at the United Nations (OCHA) training for On Site Operational Coordination in Austria.

HAITI EARTHQUAKE MEDICAL USAR (Urban Search And Rescue) Response

Gary Foo Led the Search and Rescue deployment as coordinated by the UN (United Nations) OSOCC (On-Site Operations Coordination Centre) in Port Au Prince, with his team, ERT Search and Rescue.

A Haiti Response Video


Gary Foo was an invited delegate at the United Nations (UN) International Search And Rescue Advisory Group (INSARAG) Team Leader's Meeting - Dubai UAE (United Arab Emirates) Delegation.


Boxing Day Tsunami 2004

Gary Foo led a response to the Boxing Day tsunami, specifically in the area of Galle and surrounding areas as part of a Medical and Flood Rescue / Response.

Boxing Day Tsunami Response

Afghan border of Pakistan:
Gary was contracted to the German Government - specifically GTZ Germany, as a Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor with a specialist background in Civil Defence and Search and Rescue.  

He worked closely with the Ministry of the Interior and their Federal and Provincial Civil Defense, The NDMA (National Disaster Management Authority) and ERRA (Earthquake Reconstruction & Rehabilitation Authority.) Gary's book from the project was ttranslated into Urdu for some 40,000 students in NWFP, Pakistan.

VOLUNTEER WORK: Gary Foo does a lot of Charity and Community / Volunteer work - inlcuding his support of the Emergency Services, volunteering in schools and church and community groups. Gary also volunteers many many hours for the rescue team and registered charity, Emergency Response Team - Search and Rescue.

Thames Valley Police

Award from Chief Constable Sara Thornton

Gary receiving his engraved 'medal' service to the Thames Valley Police

Recipient of the County Council "Unsung Hero's Award"

Gary Foo was Awarded the "Unsung Hero's Award" by Chairman of the Buckinghamshire County Council, Mr Robert Woollard, as Presided by the High Sheriff and the Lord Lieutenant.

It was for volunteer service to alleviate suffering in the UK and abroad in his work with his registered charity, the Emergency Response Team - Search and Rescue.

It was also in relation to forming the charity which has saved so many lives since it started 1st December 2002.