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JESIP – Exercise Bermuda

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Hereford & Worcester Fire and Rescue Service (HWFRS) and West Midlands Ambulance Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) have concluded a series of joint water / mud / search rescue exercises along the River Teme in Worcester. The Exercise Bermuda series of events took place between Thursday 20 April 2017 and Thursday 1 June 2017.

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The aim of the government initiated Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP) is to practice and promote joint working between the Emergency Services to develop a greater understanding of the various roles, responsibilities and differing capabilities of responders. It enables efficient lines of communication, information sharing and decision-making to be practiced in life-like situations; as well as refine our ability to respond in the time of need with the best trauma skills and operational procedures possible.

By committing to JESIP's Exercise Bermuda series with West Midlands Ambulance HART the Service can refine response skills in specific water/ mud rescue scenarios and provide our communities with a fire and rescue service that has heightened skills and faster multi-agency working.

Exercise Bermuda has enabled the Service to develop a more efficient joint working strategy and both organisations have benefited fom working closely with each other.