Joint emergency training facility praised by Police and Crime Commissioner, Council Leader and Chiefs
​A positive and concrete achievement of getting police and fire services in Hertfordshire to work closer together has been visited by the leaders behind the project.
Hertfordshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd, County Council Leader David Williams, Chief Constable Charlie Hall and Chief Fire Officer Darryl Keen toured the joint training facility today (Monday March 25th 2019).
They watched both emergency services take part in a simulated road traffic collision at the JESIP Academy in Hitchin Road, Stevenage.
The centre is one of the first in the UK which focuses on the blue light services working even closer together to improve performance for the public.
Last year Mr Lloyd and Mr Williams made a formal agreement that the emergency services will work closer together. This led to the formation of the Hertfordshire Emergency Services Collaboration Board.

After the two hour visit Mr Lloyd said: “It is great to see police and fire crews working so closely together. Training exercises such as this will produce a real benefit for them and the public of Hertfordshire who rely on their help.
“This is the first of many milestones of our new agreed collaborative vision to create even closer working relationships between the police and fire services.
“Today proves just one of the practical benefits of working together. There are clearly other positives to aim for including improved efficiency, effectiveness and public safety.”

Mr Williams added: “Last year I welcomed the agreement between us for the emergency services and the authority bodies to work closer together.
“What I have seen today shows what can be done to enhance practical, blue light collaboration.
“Whilst there is still a lot of work to do we have agreed fundamental areas which will be addressed by the Hertfordshire Emergency Services Collaboration Board.”
Chief Constable Charlie Hall, who leads nationally for JESIP (Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles), said: “We know that the emergency services work best when they work closely together.
“This means training together, sharing the skills each service brings and developing joint operational plans.  JESIP has already proven that this approach leads to more lives being saved in major incidents and this academy is a natural evolution of that.”
Chief Fire Officer Darryl Keen added: “I think that this is a really great opportunity to bring together the police and the fire service. Our joint officers will be able to provide an even better service to the public.”

Other areas of collaboration being discussed include better use of estates, including co-locating police and fire headquarters, a joint control room and training base, shared use of drones and a better response structure in cases where both services are needed.
The JESIP (Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Principles) Academy in one of few in UK and was created after a central government study recommended closer working relationships between emergency services.
The leaders also examined the Fire Service control room which dispatches rescue and emergency crews across the county, and were shown a simulation room to train senior officers for major incidents.
The centre, which is run by Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service and owned by Hertfordshire County Council, provides an authentic and realistic environment for practical scenarios and assessment. It also hosts role play scenarios, other training and graduation ceremonies.
Run by experienced police and fire and rescue training staff, the collision scenarios are a great way of gaining valuable learning for each service to incorporate into their current operational response.
To work in partnership to develop Longfield Training and Delivery Centre as a primary training facility for both Hertfordshire Constabulary and Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. Inclusion of elements to support East of England Ambulance Service training will also be considered where appropriate.
The site will be designed to meet the needs of both services for classroom based and practical training.  This will include the development of additional specialist facilities (such as taser and breathing apparatus training) where practical.
Whilst the development will meet the existing training needs the key principle underlying its design will be the facilitation of joint training initiatives and this will be underpinned by the adaptation of existing training programmes.  This will involve exploring new opportunities to work and train more closely together as well as existing areas of overlap.
The long term aim is for the site to become a centre of training excellence for all of Hertfordshire’s emergency services and it will be developed with this in mind.