The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) is celebrating success in a Home Office initiative, which will see emergency teams at the heart of major incidents work better together. As part of the Government’s Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP), EEAST is heading up the training for all three emergency services in the region’s six counties.
This means EEAST will train almost 600 operational staff in Bedfordshire, Essex, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk and Hertfordshire, supported by key police and fire and rescue service colleagues.
Jackie King, Resilience Manager for EEAST and leading the JESIP training, said, “JESIP is all about the tri-emergency services learning how each one responds on the scene of a major incident, what their principal aims are and how our decisions impact each other.
“The course teaches incident commanders a new joint decision making model which will help them to save lives and reduce harm.”
In only two months, 25 courses have been run and more than 60 of EEAST’s operational and tactical commanders have completed the one-day course, held three days a week in all six of the counties that EEAST covers.