Dear Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service,

Ref - National Joint Councils (NJC) for Local Authority Fire & Rescue Services and the 5 workstreams currently being undertaken across the UK Fire & Rescue Service, (UKFRS),

I would like to request information pertaining to any trials your FRS has undertaken as part of the NJC workstreams as set out below.

1. Emergency Medical Response
2. Multi Agency Response
3. Environmental Challenges
4. Youth and Social Engagement
5. Inspection & Enforcement

I would be grateful if you will provide answers to the following questions

1. Please state which of the above (if any) has your FRS undertaken in trials
2. Please state the start and end dates of each trial
3. Please state the estimated numbers of staff involved
4. Please state which sites were involved (ie fire stations)
5. Please provide copies of any significant operational lessons learned
6. Please provide copies of clinical outcomes achieved
7. Please explain what funding was used to undertake the trials
8. Please explain what if any income was raised as a result of the trials
9. Please provide information regarding any injuries or near misses that were recorded as a result of the work undertaken.
10. What specific additional training was given as part of the workstream trial.

Yours faithfully,

Joe McMahon

Jane Watts, Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service

Dear Mr McMahon

Thank you for your enquiry. Please accept this email as acknowledgement of receipt of your request. A response will be sent in due course.

Kind regards

Freedom of Information Team
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Jane Watts, Bedfordshire and Luton Fire and Rescue Service

Dear Mr McMahon

Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service has adopted a number of new works streams over the years that may pertain to the 1 - 5 list of work streams, however there has been only one official trial and that relates to Emergency Medical Response, therefore in response to the specific questions, please find details below:

1. Please state which of the above (if any) has your FRS undertaken in trials - Bedfordshire has participated in the co-responding trial.
2. Please state the start and end dates of each trial - The start date was 24th June 2016. The trial was due to last for 6 months, however, was extended and continued to run up until the FBU request to stop the trial in September 2017.
3. Please state the estimated numbers of staff involved - 28; 18 at Leighton Buzzard Fire Station, 10 at Biggleswade Fire Station.
4. Please state which sites were involved (ie fire stations) - Leighton Buzzard and Biggleswade Fire Stations.
5. Please provide copies of any significant operational lessons learned - none at present. Regional review currently being undertaken.
6. Please provide copies of clinical outcomes achieved - Of the 102 incidents attended, 37 incidents required Fire Service intervention, with 6 of those resulting with a ROSC (return of spontaneous circulation).
7. Please explain what funding was used to undertake the trials - funding has been absorbed within existing budgets.
8. Please explain what if any income was raised as a result of the trials - none at present.
9. Please provide information regarding any injuries or near misses that were recorded as a result of the work undertaken – no accidents or near misses have been recorded linked to this area of work.
10. What specific additional training was given as part of the work stream trial - additional trauma care training was delivered. Trauma care training has now been reviewed , the co-responding element now forms part of the trauma care refresher attended by operational crews.

Kind regards

Freedom of Information Team
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

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