New joint emergency service for Lincolnshire

EMERGENCY planners from Lincolnshire County Council, Lincolnshire Police, NHS Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue and the Environment Agency will now be working more closely together, in a national first.

The new Joint Emergency Management Service (JEMS) will be based at the county council’s Emergency Centre at Lincolnshire Fire and Rescue Headquarters in Lincoln.

Representatives from partner organisations are creating the joint service, which will be the first multi-agency team of its kind in England.

David Powell, Head of Emergency Planning at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “As well as avoiding duplication of work, co-locating staff from a range of public sector organisations will help us to understand each other’s needs and plans more effectively.

“Although we’ve been working well as partner organisations together for some time, this will help us in our shared aims and re-enforce our joint approach in planning for emergencies. It is also a more efficient way of working for all involved.”

Over the past 18 months, Lincolnshire’s Resilience Forum has been recognised for its strong partnership working, and recently won two awards at the Emergency Planning Society Awards (2011).