Page 19 - Hot News October 2014
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I would like to begin by once again thanking all staff who took part in the Your Service – Your Voice staff survey which we ran earlier this year.
A total of 68% of staff took part in the survey, more than twice that of the previous employee survey, despite it being conducted at a particularly difficult and challenging time for the Service.
The survey findings present a complex picture which we need to understand and contextualise, identifying high levels of engagement in some areas and low levels of engagement in others.
The report on the staff survey was considered by the Authority on October 2 and the survey results have been made available on our Service website - on the Authority pages.
The outcomes of the survey will be shared across the whole organisation. When viewing the survey I would ask that you reflect on the findings and consider how you as an individual, group or team can help contribute positively to the priority actions.
As you would expect, we have already shared the survey findings with all representative bodies in order to start to identify areas where we can work together and areas where we can expand and improve on the already high levels of engagement.
Following Authority approval, the detailed analysis reports will also be available on the “About Us” section of the Service website and a detailed action plan will be produced which will detail how we will strive to develop high levels of engagement across the whole organisation in the future.
On a separate note, I was very pleased with the operational response to the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP) final exercise Joint Endeavour, held at the Training and Development Academy on September 18.
Exercise Joint Endeavour simulated the significant challenge faced by emergency service personnel when major incidents occur and was the final and by some margin the largest validation exercise of the programme.
Exercises of this scale are invaluable, as they allow our staff to put their skills and knowledge to the test under highly realistic conditions in an environment where effective communication with other emergency services and agencies is essential. The exercise was a great opportunity to showcase the skills of our firefighters and Search and Rescue team but it was only possible as a result of the huge amount of time and effort invested by the planning team in creating such an immersive experience for operational, tactical and strategic commanders alike.
Although de-briefs are still being undertaken, the initial reactions, comments and views have been very positive indeed.
Over 45 of our officers have completed the JESIP training so far and the courses they have been on have also led to many good working relationships forming amongst the three emergency services. These relationships were further strengthened during the exercise.
In closing, I would like to thank St John Bosco Arts College and the other emergency services, agencies, volunteers and the Army and RAF for their co- operation and participation on the day. Without them the exercise would not have been the success it undoubtedly was.
Dan Stephens
Chief Fire Officer

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