JESIP (Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme) was developed to improve and standardise the way that Category 1 responders (police, fire and rescue and ambulance services), HM Coastguard, local authorities and many other local resilience partners, including community and voluntary sector organisations, work together when responding to major multi-agency incidents.

Whilst the initial focus on developing JESIP was on improving the response to major incidents, JESIP is scalable which means that its principles can be used to respond to multi-agency incidents of all sizes.

A number of collaborative partnerships between the emergency services, including Kent, Derbyshire and Devon/Cornwall, have based their successful collaborative activity on the JESIP principles.

Although SPIIOW is not a Category 1 responder organisation, for most of the time our team are the first people to arrive at a location where a person could be, or is, at risk of suicide. With this in mind, all members of our frontline team undertake JESIP training. This approach is an industry standard/best practice aiming to ensure that all responders work together to save lives and reduce harm.

JESIP trained members of our team can be identified by their Miscellaneous Responder Tabards – orange with white reflective panels on the front and back with the words “Scene Commander” or “Incident Commander” or “Liaison”. These tabards make co-location and coordination of multi-agency commanders easier.