Why Network Training Partnership is at the forefront of Emergency Services Training? 2021-07-26T19:50:57+00:00

Why Network Training Partnership is at the forefront of Emergency Services training?

IMI Level 2 Award in Electric/Hybrid Vehicle Hazard Management For Emergency  and Recovery Personnel

Back in 2016, the then-Fire Minister said that “better joint working can strengthen our emergency services, deliver significant savings to the taxpayer and -most importantly – enable them to better protect the public”. Indeed, this is one of many qualities that our Emergency Services strives towards, as illustrated below:

Table 1: 8 Core Responsible Principles of the British Emergency Services Sector

The ability for the Emergency Services to attain these qualities in their responses depends on four key aspects of Emergency Personnel.

Firstly, how strong the specialist skills and experience of the Emergency Services personnel are.

For example, regarding the ambulance services, can the relevant staff member:

  • Assess the criticality to emergency
  • Determine which personnel should be sent to the incident
  • Provide advice on the most efficient and effective route to reach the incident
  • Advise which treatments should be prioritised first

Secondly, how well the emergency services personnels' use their equipment.

For example, regarding the police force, can the relevant police officer:

  • Understand how to safely store and handle equipment in an incident response vehicle, for example, the first aid kit, roadway equipment, and the fire extinguisher
  • Use specialist patrol and public order equipment e.g., helmets and shields
  • Wear relevant attire depending on the incident the officer is facing
  • But more recently, can the police officer use effective handling of personal protection equipment (PPE) as the police force continue to operate during COVID-19. 

Thirdly, how good the Health & Wellbeing of the Emergency Services personnel are.

For example, let’s look at the Fire & Rescue services.

Better Mental Health reduces firefighter fatigue leading to:

  • Improving response times to emergency calls and requests
  • Reducing time to inspect and clean site after dealing with incident
  • Improved maintenance of fire engine appliance, testing of fire hydrants and checking emergency water supplies

Altogether, Emergency services teams across the UK can improve all 3 aspects discussed (skills, equipment, and health & wellbeing) through undergoing EFFECTIVE TRAINING.

And this where Network Training Partnership comes in.

Since 2017, Network Training Partnership has been delivering outstanding courses across the emergency services industry. We’re an IMI and JAUPT approved and accredited training provider having delivered training to over 4000-delegates from UK, the Middle East and Australia.

You may be asking why use Network Training Partnership for your emergency services training rather than any other training provider?

Network Training Partnership is one of the few training providers which designs and delivers its own set of approved and accredited framework of courses, under the name of the AWARE Series.  This has proven so popular, that they are now being delivered by a consortium of independent trainers outside our organisation nationwide, in addition to our regular NTP trainers.  And what’s more, the AWARE Series is a completely adaptable set of courses, which can be delivered as part of company training, 7-hour DCPC Modules, e-learning or as part of ongoing Continuous Personal Development.

Let’s go through the top 2 AWARE Series courses by Network Training Partnership we believe can be most beneficial to the Emergency Services today.

Number 1: Mental Health & ResilienceAWARE

As we have already discussed in some detail, Mental Health is a huge factor affecting the performances of the Emergency Services. In a 2016 survey, over 90% of emergency services personnel had experienced some form of stress, low mood, and poor mental health during their time in the field, with 70% of personnel during the pandemic stating that their Mental Health had only worsened.

Hence, with such a critical situation, our Mental Health & ResilienceAWARE course is extremely relevant to the emergency services personnel given we:

  • Have a focus on the personnel. We hold an icebreaker session, discussing stories, aspirations, however big, however small
  • Discuss what Mental Health means to the Emergency Services
  • Common Mental Health disorders, associated signs and symptoms Emergency Services personnel may be facing and how to deal with them
  • Identifying preventative measures and ways of improving morale and wellbeing across emergency services teams and departments

Number 2: Counter-Terrorism & Security AWARE

Counter-Terrorism & SecurityAWARE Course

Terrorism remains an ever-present threat in the UK, especially facing the Emergency Services, with more than 800 terrorism-related investigations taking place during the pandemic alone. At the time of writing, the terrorist level remains substantial, meaning that the likelihood of an attack whether outside or within emergency service departments is of strong possibility. The Emergency Services as always will be at the forefront of any counter-operation; hence it is critical that the Emergency services are trained adequately in dealing with the terrorist threat.

Hence with this omnipresent threat, our Counter-Terrorism & SecurityAWARE course is highly relevant to the emergency services personnel given the course:

  • Raises awareness regarding ever-increasing terrorist threat in respect to emergency services
  • Identifies soft and hard targets within the emergency services and transport industry
  • Covers the need to consider threats within own organisation
  • Analyses the use of social media and ease at which intelligence can be gathered through open-source profiling
  • Recognition of firearms and explosives in the workplace
  • Can be tailored to include evacuation plans and emergency approaches presently existing in your place of work

 AWARE Series TV

AWARE Series TV Tyrone Joy
Paul AWARE Series TV Electric Vehicle Training

The unique aspect of all our AWARE Series course is that they can be delivered via industry-leading sound and visual technology, via AWARE Series TV. This is excellent for Emergency Services personnel as they do not need to go out of their place of work or they can attend from home, especially in a sector which is strapped for time, and even more so for the pandemic.

Here are a few pictures of courses being delivered via AWARE Series TV.

To view more of our AWARE Series courses, go onto https://www.aware-series.co.uk/store-2/

Our training adapts to the future

E-ambulance AWARE Series
EV & Hybrid Technician

Nevertheless, Network Training Partnership’s courses go beyond our flagship AWARE Series set of courses. Our training adapts well to the future of the Emergency Services, and one challenge we realise this industry will make is in its ambition to become electric and efficient.

The emergency services align themselves strongly with the UK’s ‘Road to Zero’ strategy, where the UK is setting an ambition for 50-70% of new car sales to be ultra-low emissions by 2030, and for full electrification of cars and goods by 2040. This is being seen with the ambulance services for examples, where electric ambulances are in trial in the Midlands in October 2020 with a vision to become nationwide. Hence, there is an increased need among the service personnel to be able to handle electric vehicle training with care.

However, apart from basic Electric vehicle training, emergency services are an essential sector, who will be at the forefront of incidents regarding other electric vehicles on the road, as we gradually become closer to an electric vehicle nation.

This means first responders will need to be familiar with key risks arising from working with hazardous Electric Vehicle including:

  1. Component Risk

Electric vehicles contain high voltage components and cabling which can deliver a fatal electric shock. These components may retain a dangerous voltage even when a vehicle is switched off. 

  1. Explosion Risk

An explosion can be caused by the improper storage of electrical energy within the vehicle, as well as from the emission of explosive gases and harmful liquids if batteries are incorrectly modified or damaged.

  1. Movement Risk

The vehicle or electric motors may move unexpectedly due to magnetic forces within the motors.  Road users may be unaware of cars when electrically driven as they are silent in operation.

  1. Manual Handling Risk

Relevant Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Users may incur manual handling risks when replacing a battery.

  1. Medical Risk

Electric systems may affect medical devices belonging to vehicle users, such as pacemakers.

This is exactly why we believe the Level 2 Award in Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Hazard-Management for Emergency and Recovery Personnel is an excellent course for emergency personnel.

This course will allow first responders to understand:

  • the types of Electric/Hybrid vehicles available
  • hazards associated with motor vehicle high energy electrical systems
    working safely around Electric/Hybrid vehicles including charging
  • how to reduce the risk of injury when encountering electric/hybrid vehicles
  • how to safely transport and store electric/hybrid vehicles

If you want to know more about how NTP can ambitiously support and train the UK’s First Responders:

Come visit us in our expo at the Emergency Services Show in the NEC at Birmingham on the 7-8 September 2021.

We will have live interactive demonstrations, the live AWARE Series studio set-up for you to come and see how everything works, and of course our signature electric vehicle, and refreshments!

Our ‘Mascot’ James is always on our AWARE Series live chat. Message James and he will give you more information about what we do: https://www.aware-series.co.uk/

Alternatively, you can message us on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/networktrainingpartnership/

Or join our Facebook group: https://en-gb.facebook.com/groups/641926475998975/

And you can also visit our AWARE Series store on: https://www.aware-series.co.uk/store-2/

Mascot James on AWARE Series

Alternatively, you can message us on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/networktrainingpartnership/

Or join our Facebook group: https://en-gb.facebook.com/groups/641926475998975/

And you can also visit our AWARE Series store on: https://www.aware-series.co.uk/store-2/