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Collaborative working tops agenda at The Emergency Services Show

Taking place at the NEC, Birmingham on 23 and 24 September, the free-to-attend event features seminars in which senior figures from the fire, police and ambulance services share their experiences of co-responding to incidents. The show will also see the launch of a purpose-built 'fire-ambulance' and showcase other innovations such as drones and body-worn video that can play a key role in improving the efficiency of multi-agency response.

Currently being trialed by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service ahead of its launch at The Emergency Services Show, the Terberg Emergency Life-saving Support Tactical Ancillary Rescue multi-service vehicle (Telstar) is uniquely designed to provide both fire service and first co-response ambulance support, and meet the eight-minute target response time.

 Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP) and the Emergency Services Collaboration Working Group (ESCWG) who have played a key role in putting together the seminar sessions on collaboration/interoperability will both present updates on their initiatives.

“Building on the joint statement of commitment to collaboration made in February 2014 by the Chief Fire Officers Association, Association of Ambulance Chief Executives and the Association of Chief Police Officers, the Emergency Services Collaboration Working Group (ESCWG) has been working to provide an evidence base of best practice. The work has included the commissioning of academic research to identify the enablers, barriers and opportunities for greater collaboration between the emergency services, and to act as a champion for innovative collaboration projects,” commented Jonathan Smith, CFOA operations directorate policy support officer.

“The Emergency Services Show will not only provide an opportunity to highlight the work of the group so far, but also to take a forward look at what may lie ahead for the emergency services as collaboration develops at an ever increasing pace.”