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JESIP Delivery Gathers Momentum
Officers in our Service are leading training and awareness- raising as part of the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Program (JESIP).
Our Service is also staging an exercise in September as part of this programme and the below information is being highlighted as part of awareness-raising.
The JESIP was set up in September 2012 at the request of the Home Secretary following a number of public inquiries which identified that better joint working between the three emergency services would enhance the collective ability to save lives and reduce harm.
The program is therefore focussed on the interoperability of the police, fire and ambulance services in the early stages of a major or complex incident.
However, the principles described in the JESIP Joint Doctrine are also applicable to the full range of emergency responders and can be applied to smaller scale incidents, wide-area emergencies, and pre-planned operations.
Each of the three blue light services in Merseyside have a designated strategic and training lead. For our Service Area Manager Nick Searle is the Strategic Lead and Group Manager Kevin Longshaw is the Training Lead. In addition, these two officers are supported locally by a number of officers who are registered as JESIP instructors.
In order to embed the JESIP protocols into each respective blue light service a number of training products have been made available:
• JESIPe-learningpackage.Thiswasmadeavailableonthe TDA Portal page. All personnel were requested to complete the package and the e-learning package should have been completed by the end of June, with confirmation sent to the TDA admin e-mail address.
• JESIPawarenesspresentation.Thiswillbedeliveredto
the Station Manager cadre who in turn will cascade the information to their respective watches/stations/ departments. Station Managers will receive the input as part of their standardisation day program and the dissemination to stations will commence shortly thereafter with a view to concluding by the start of September.
• JESIPOperationalandTacticalCommandertraining.
All of the service Station Managers, Group Managers and Area Managers have now received this training as have their counterparts in the Police and Ambulance Services.
In addition to the above, personnel within each Service control room will also receive training; and arrangements are already in progress regarding identifying control room-based trainers who will deliver the control room training as part of a multi-agency based program over the coming months.
Once the program concludes; a legacy team will be instigated to ensure the ongoing maintenance of skills and further embedding of the JESIP protocols.
The e-learning package contains a resource area that has items such as the JESIP doctrine and aide memoires; however, should you have any further queries regarding the JESIP; please feel free to contact any of the following:
• GM Kevin Longshaw • WM Mike Burns
• SM Ged Sheridan • WM John O’Boyle
• WM Pat Gibbons • WM Stephen Hancock
At least 45 officers at our Service have completed the JESIP training so far.
The officers include 30 Station Managers as well as Group Managers and Area Managers. Around 150 Police staff from Merseyside and 75 Ambulance staff from Merseyside have also completed the training.
Station Manager Ged Sheridan, from our Service, said:
“The real benefits of the courses was getting the relevant commanders and their respective counterparts in the same room. The presentations and tasks they were faced with on the day offered the backdrop for fascinating discussion, debates and good working relationships to be formed.
“This has given us the platform to run further exercises with all three Services represented such as KMAF Warrior Exercise on the Mersey Ferry, public order training at Lea Green and ongoing collaborations with Liverpool University. I thoroughly enjoyed delivering the courses and look forward to ensuring the JESIP principles become fully embedded within MF&RS.”
Officers in command at incidents will use the JESIP principles as part of decision- making. Photos: Tony Thomas.

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