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A major training exercise involving around 1,000 people and at least 13 of our fire appliances and our Urban Search and Rescue team has taken place.
The exercise – codenamed Joint Endeavour – took place at the Service’s Training and Development Academy and was designed to test the initial joint response of all three emergency services, including our Service. Sites at our Joint Control Centre at Service headquarters were also used as part of the day.
The 14-hour exercise was the culmination of a national two-year training programme for incident commanders across the emergency services, which aims to ensure the blue light emergency services across the country work effectively together to save lives when responding to a major incident.
Urban Search and Rescue teams from London and Wales joined officers and staff from Merseyside Police, the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust and partner organisations including Liverpool City Council, British Transport Police, the Ministry of Defence and the Environment Agency.
Our fire cadets and pupils from St John Bosco Arts College also took part, acting as injured people in the scenario which saw a train derailment, multiple collisions and collapsed structures. Firefighters from stations in Wirral, St Helens, Whiston, Liverpool and Bootle and Netherton also took part along with our Fire Control.
Driven by the emergency services, the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP) – is the largest and most ambitious joint training programme ever undertaken by the three blue light services.
The training, which promotes the overarching aim of the programme – “Working Together Saving Lives” - is mainly directed at officers who are likely to take command in the very early stages of the response to a major incident. Other organisations which were involved included HM Coastguard and the Civil Nuclear Constabulary.
Photos: Tony Thomas.
Photo: Watch Manager Neil Henry.

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