Co-responding, community response and the expansion of blue light services into preventative and social care will be hot topics at this year’s Emergency Services Show. Taking place at the NEC, Birmingham from 23-24 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’s three seminar theatres will feature three topics: Collaboration/Interoperability, Training and Innovation. The many examples of collaborative working delegates will hear about will include: the multi agency response to the Alton Towers incident presented by key personnel from Staffordshire Fire and Rescue and to the Bosley Woodmill fire presented by Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service; Air Crash Investigation – An introduction to the AAIB and working on aircraft crash sites. A brief introduction to the organisation behind the headlines and some insights into the safety and evidence preservation issues of working on aircraft crash sites; the role of today’s Police Crime Commissioners in helping all emergency services and partner agencies to collaborate to improve services and increase efficiency against a backdrop of increased devolution and localism; a joint training initiative between the College of Policing, Emergency Planning College, Fire Services College and National Ambulance Resilience Unit which supports emergency responder interoperability; a focus on Drones including: UAV Training – A Resilient Approach by the Sky-Futures Training Academy; and health and emergency services working together: How NHS England and the Chief Fire Officers Association have been working together to support the use of fire resources as a health asset.
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,” says 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.”
“The Emergency Services Show has long been a champion of collaboration and we are delighted to be showcasing so many examples of innovative best practice,” says Event Director David Brown. “At a time when the emergency services are undergoing an extraordinary transformation, this will be a truly thought-provoking event, rich in opportunities for all our visitors to network, share experiences and learn.”