Jonesborough Juggernaut 1Leaders from across the UK emergency services have met for the first time at a new national working group.

The inaugural ‘cross-emergency services collaboration’ committee meeting took place last week at the Home Office, chaired by Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd.

Subjects up for discussion included collaborative working, alongside the importance of research and the development of an effective ‘evidence base’.

Speaking of the initiative, David Lloyd said: “This is an exciting and challenging time for all emergency services across the country. This new group aims to provide strategic leadership, co-ordination and an overview of current and future collaboration.

“There is already a great deal of successful joint working in different parts of the UK and, as a group, we want to drive and facilitate even greater collaboration. We aim to remove the barriers that are holding back this work and unlock new opportunities.”

The group contains representatives from Association of Chief Police Officers, Local Government Association, College of Policing, Chief Fire Officers Association and Association of Ambulance Chief Executives.