Most routine incidents involve single agencies carrying out their own clearly defined functions. However, a major or complex incident will involve other emergency services as well as partner organisations.
To enhance multi-agency working the Government introduced the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP) in November 2012 with the aim of improving communication between police, ambulance and fire services at all levels of command. In more recent years, the programme has been rolled out to the wider response community.
Other objectives of JESIP include better information sharing and mobilisation procedures as well as a sound understanding of each other’s roles, responsibilties and capabilities. JESIP has provided the opportunity to build upon the excellent inter-agency working that we have already achieved here in West Yorkshire.
Additional information can be found at the JESIP site here.
Originally termed ‘The New Dimension Programme’ this provides the Fire and Rescue Service with a national capability to respond to major emergencies involving chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) events, marauding terrorist attacks, search and rescue, major flooding and transport incidents.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service hold, staff and maintain a number of these National Resilience (NR) assets which can be deployed locally, regionally or nationally.
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service NR assets held:
Urban Search and Rescue (USAR)
USAR provides an operational capability that is able to respond to large scale incidents involving structural collapse or large rail, road or aircraft incidents and includes specialist canine search teams.
High Volume Pumps (HVPs)
HVPs enhance the existing capabilities of the fire and rescue service to pump high volumes of water for fire-fighting and bulk media provison and also to assist in mitigating the effects of flooding.
Mass Decontamination Units (MDUs)
MDUs carry a range of equipment including decontamination structures capable of providing mass decontamination to assist the ambulance service in the mass decontamination of the public following chemical incidents or terrorist chemical attack (CBRN).
Detection, Identification and Monitoring (DIM)
Vehicles carry a range of DIM equipment, available 24/7, to be deployed with the initial aim of delivering a substance detection, analysis and identifaction capability to support mass decontamination and hazardous materials incidents.
Enhanced Logistics Support (ELS)
ELS provides a logistics management system. The ELS teams support the incident command system either at a Strategic Holding Area (SHA), Multi Agency Strategic Holding Area (MASHA) or other designated location with identified feeding, refreshment and rest facilities.
Marauding Terrorism Specialist Responder Capability
A specialist responder capability is in place for supporting multi-agency partners at marauding terrorist incidents.
Flood Rescue Teams
West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service have several trained teams, located at Rastrick, Bingley, Leeds, Todmorden and Ossett and includes two powered boats within the capability. The HVP and Flood Rescue assets work in partnership with the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) who are the lead agency for flooding.
Supported by NR under the National Co-ordination and Advisory Framework (NCAF), West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service provide Tactical Advisors for multiple capabilities.
National Inter-Agency Liaison Officers (NILO)
These officers, from UK fire and rescue services, police and health agencies and other partners enable effective distribution of sensitive information between agencies. West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service NILOs regularly work alongside West Yorkshire Police and Counter Terrorism Unit to support multi-agency operations at terrorist related or other critical incidents.
The role of the NILO is to liaise with partners at operational incidents (or at the pre-planning stage) and provide advice and support regarding West Yorkshire Fire and Rescues Service’s operational capabilities.
Water Rescue Teams
Swift water rescue teams perform rescues from fast flowing or deep water and these are based at Bingley, Rastrick, Leeds, Rothwell, Todmorden and Ossett fire stations.
Technical Rescue Unit (TRU)
The TRU is based at Cleckheaton Fire Station and is staffed by the Technical Rescue Team. It provides an enhanced rescue capability for incidents of a technical nature including:
- Confined space rescues (trench, sewers and silos);
- Rope rescue;
- Road traffic collisions (RTC) involving LGVs, coaches or buses;
- Structural collapse;
- Persons trapped (non RTC e.g. impalement, machinery, crushed in machinery)
Technical Rescue Officer (TRO)
The TRO provides advice and guidance to the incident commander for incidents of a technical nature.