Joint Emergency Service Interoperability Programme (JESIP)

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The Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP) was established as a tri-service (police, fire and rescue and ambulance) initiative in response to evidence from a number of major emergency reviews.

Reviews showed, although the emergency services carried out their respective roles efficiently and professionally, there are some common themes around which improvements could be achieved.

Full participation in the JESIP programme is considered to be mandatory and JESIP has established a three stage model for improvement, they include:

  • Phase 1 - Programme Development
  • Phase 2 - Delivery and Implementation
  • Phase 3 - Legacy and Sustainability

Phase 1 of the JESIP programme has been completed. This involved publishing the results of a series of stakeholder surveys which gauged the levels of skills, knowledge and awareness amongst the command team of each service.

We are now in Phase 2 of the programme, which commenced in October 2013 with a series of 'Train the Trainer' courses. As a result, the Trust’s Head of Contingency Planning has been appointed as the strategic lead for JESIP, in NWAS, and six JESIP trainers, from the Resilience team, have undergone the necessary instruction to be able to deliver training to meet the criteria, based on their individual specialist knowledge.

The model of delivery for JESIP is a series of courses in each police area, consisting of an agreed ratio of learners from each of the three emergency services and the content delivery facilitated by a team of three instructors - one from each service.  Providing common and joint training to those operational and tactical commanders from each emergency service that are likely to work together at incidents, is a significant step forward in ensuring that any incident (Road Traffic Collision to Major Incident) is effectively managed to enhance patient care and safety of the community. Further information can be found on the JESIP website: www.jesip.org.uk.

Images from our recent exercise – codenamed Joint Endeavour – took place at the Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service Training and Development Academy on Storrington Avenue, Croxteth, and will include incident commanders from Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service and North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

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