Lte | 2020-09-02

New Report on Fire and Rescue Services Approach to Critical Broadband Migration Highlights Key Issues

Source: The Critical Communications Review | Gert Jan Wolf editor

Presentation of UK-based research on September 8 relevant to a global audience of first responders and critical operators.

The University of Leeds has published a significant research report entitled Information and Communication Technologies in the Fire and Rescue Services in England. The report has a distinct focus on the UK’s Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) and the Services’ readiness for and confidence in the UK’s Emergency Services Network (ESN).

Whilst this in-depth report is focused on Fire and Rescue Services in England, its findings will be of interest to any organisations or services around the world involved in a critical communications project or intending to migrate to a broadband-based system.

The research, led by Professor David Allen of Leeds University Business School, was commissioned by the UK Home Office Fire Directorate and supported by ESMCP. In addition to examining factors relating to ICT in English Fire and Rescue Services, the report examines attitudes and preparations in relation to ESMCP. Similar research into Policing was undertaken by Leeds University Business School in 2016.

BAPCO and TCCA are pleased to announce they will be hosting a webinar in which Professor Allen will present the key findings, and the recommendations to address highlighted issues. Professor Allen will be joined by Steve Whatson, Deputy Director – ESMCP, from the UK Home Office to answer questions specifically related to the ESMCP and ESN, and Ian Taylor, from the UK National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) who will take questions specifically on the UK’s Fire and Rescue Services.

This webinar provides an excellent opportunity to hear first-hand from the report’s author and from those affected by the report’s findings in their work on the UK’s Emergency Services Network.

The webinar will take place at 12 noon BST on Tuesday 8 September. To register, please visit this link.

This webinar forms part of TCCA’s Critical Updates series – to view all webinars please visit this link.