The Innovative Emergency Services Series enjoyed a fantastic start last week as eSE hosted the opening national forum in Liverpool with our partners at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service. The forum bought together one hundred senior level delegates from across the UK ‘Blue Light’ Services and technology suppliers who strive to help the services improve efficiency, service delivery and cost-effectiveness. The agenda, which was built by contributions from participating organisations and our series ‘Agenda Advisory Board’, explored barriers to new technology, future Command and Control Centres, resilient mobile solutions for front line staff and interoperability across services.
Three fully interactive panel sessions encouraged a day of lively discussion around central issues inhibiting UK Emergency Services. Luana Avagliano, Head of ResilienceDirect for the Cabinet Office and Kieran Timmins, Deputy Chief Executive for Merseyside Fire and Rescue, delivered opening remarks to delegates from West Midlands Fire and Rescue, Greater Manchester Police and The Met Police. Innovators joining the forum included O2, SAAB, Dicom Spigraph, Aligned Assets, CDS, Intergraph and Trilogy Communications.
Solutions showcased at the forum included the 999eye app from West Midlands Fire and Rescue Service and the GOODSAM app from London Air Ambulance, both harness the capabilities of smartphones to provide more information to first responders. Delegates discussed the reliance on smartphones for new solutions, resilience models, ESN developments and how social media can be used to respond to incidents. A full summary of the forum will be produced by our partners from AIMTech and distributed to participants. Learn more about the Adaption Information Management and Technology research centre at: http://lubswww.leeds.ac.uk/aimtech/about-aimtech/
eSE would like to thank our partners at Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service, Ricoh UK and AIMTech as well as all of the private sector and emergency services delegates that attended and contributed so enthusiastically.
Registration for the Innovative Emergency Services Series across 2015 is open! Our regional on-site forums take place in London in February, Birmingham in April, and Newcastle in June. The next national forum will take place in Bristol on 29th September. To register for any of the forums or the series visit http://www.ukiesf.com or use the contact form below to get in contact with the eSE team.