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JESIP - the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme - is the largest and most ambitious joint training programme ever undertaken by the three emergency services. 

Information and a video explaining what JESIP is all about can be found on the website - 

The two-year project has been created specifically to further improve the way ambulance, police and fire and rescue services operate together on scene in the early stages of their response to major incidents. 

The need for JESIP was underlined by a survey carried out by Skills for Justice which clearly showed the need for more joint training and joint understanding between the three services. Further evidence was provided by a review of responses to previous major incidents demonstrating that some lessons were not being learned. 

At the heart of JESIP is the agreed "Joint Doctrine: The Interoperability Framework" which lays out principles and guidance for joint working. This can be seen on the JESIP website. 

Training together, being trained together, testing and exercising the training together is at the core of JESIP's activities. 

Some 300 JESIP-licensed trainers from the three services will train thousands of operational and tactical commanders by the end of September. Eventually, all emergency service operational staff and personnel from other responder organisations, like HM Coastguard, the Highways Agency and Mountain Rescue, will receive either face-to-face training or e-learning awareness packages. 

JESIP training seeks to improve joint working by developing a clearer understanding of the different roles and responsibilities of those in command at the early stages of an incident and adopting a more structured method of joint decision making. 

It also focuses on the need to ensure co-location of emergency service commanders on scene; the use of clear, unambiguous language; co-ordination of resources; understanding risk and a great situational awareness - a common understanding of the emergency and the challenges faced. 

JESIP is supported and closely monitored by the Home Secretary. The project is overseen by Strategic Leads from the three services and a programme board comprising representatives from Government departments and other relevant organisations from the wider emergency and resilience community. 

Each of the 105 blue light emergency services has a JESIP Delivery Lead who is responsible for arranging the delivery of the training, working with their local equivalents. To find out more about JESIP, visit their website.

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