Statutory Agencies

Information for Statutory Agencies

If you are a member of a statutory emergency service or local resilience forum, here is some information about us that you may find helpful

Operations
All qualified team members undertake shifts per month (boots on the ground) and we are available for call out requests for a person who is at risk of suicide in our community.
We operate 2 vehicles at present that operate in separate parts of the Island for quick deployment logistics, but can always be requested to support another team when required.
We are trained in searching for a person who is suicidal in the public domain be that cliff, water, woodland or high rise building and to start a dialogue with them that forms part of an intervention .
Our team members undergo training in a number of areas where we could be required to go and support a person at risk of suicide.

Team Members
15 x Team members trained in search, suicide Prevention & Intervention, Safe Working at Height (SWAH), Communications, first aid or first Response Emergency Care (FREC) to name but a few.

1 x 4×4 vehicle equipment includes full personal protective equipment (PPE) team kit for all weathers, a state of the art radio system over a 3G,4G/LTE closed network (giving full Island coverage), Safe Working at Height (SWAH) – safety lines / ropes, helmets, harnesses, medical kits, Automated External Defibrillator (AED) and heat seeking equipment.
1 x road vehicle – kitted out with the same as above

Water Team (pending)
15 x Water & Flood Awareness (AW) – DEFRA Module 1

10 x Swiftwater Rescue Technicians – can work in and around fast-moving water

4 x additional Flood Rescue Responders – can work in and around static flood water

All members are trained to work within 3m of moving water (aka “The warm zone”)

JESIPS
Although SPIIOW as a service does not full under Category 1 responders, most of the time our team are the first responders at a location where a person could be, or is, at risk of suicide. With that in mind it is best practice for all of our team members to undertake the industry standard/best practice to ensure that all responders work together to save lives and reduce harm.
All of the SPI front line team members must undertake JESIPS training to gain an understanding of five joint working principles (Co-locate, Communicate, Co-ordinate, Jointly understand risk and Shared Situational Awareness). All team members must understand the JESIPS models that can be applied to any type of multi-agency incident that SPI respond to or come across.
More information on this can be found HERE

Callout number
We operate a 24/7 direct dial phone number that is available to all Statutory Agencies. This number has 3 lines.
We prefer calls as soon as possible – the “golden hour” to get boots on the ground, rather than waiting Please call us as early as possible.

Logistics
We operate in a mobile capacity, with no physical control-room. We have members based around the Island. Our team are deployed by either Operational Manager or team leaders via a Pager, SMS and email system.

Insurance
We have signed memorandum’s of understanding (MOUs) in place with other organisations. The team holds its own insurance, so will not be required to act on another agencies insurance

Risk Assessments
We have risk assessments in place for all aspects of our operations, and our members are trained to dynamically risk-assess any operations.

Audit
The team welcome any other agencies (subject to approval by the chair) looking at our training and equipment logs.

Get in contact
If you would like to make contact, arrange for us to visit you with equipment or discuss working together, please contact operationsmanager@spiiow.org