Call for increased levels of joint training for emergency workers
Fire and Rescue Services (FRS) routinely work with other blue light responders and agencies.
It is important for FRS to actively contribute to working collaboratively to identify innovative ways of working and sharing information.
FRS commission independent research and contribute significantly to our work to identify skills and training gaps to encourage greater cross-agency work and improve interoperability.
A recent important piece of research included carrying out an Interoperability Workforce Survey and Report. The purpose of the survey was to help identify skills issues and areas to improve collaborative working. The report highlighted the lack of joint training opportunities are preventing the police, fire and rescue and ambulance services from working together as effectively as possible.
Richard Hannigan, Chief Fire Officer at Humberside Fire and Rescue, said: “This report has confirmed the critical importance of joint training and exercising and will influence the priorities of both JESIP and blue light services. Skills for Justice are uniquely placed to provide support to the JESIP team in helping to bring these recommendations to life. Their extensive experience of working with the police and Fire and Rescue Service, plus their effective cross-sector contacts, have enabled them to engage with all three blue light services to provide a great deal of relevant data.”
Read the Executive Summary and Report:
For more information on the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme click - JESIP