JESIP Newsletter – Autumn 2023 Edition

JESIP Newsletter – Autumn 2023 Edition

Published: 22nd Nov 2023

In October the clocks went back, however the JESIP team continue to move forward with colleagues to strengthen UK interoperability.  In this autumn newsletter, we bring you updates on key strands of work and insights into future events.

Following the publication of the Manchester Arena Inquiry, we took the opportunity to review the JESIP Joint Doctrine against the recommendations made by the Chair.  This has resulted in a number of small changes being made to the Joint Doctrine, which will be published as edition 3.1 early next year. However, we are pleased to say that the key principles, M/ETHANE and the Joint Decision Model (JDM) all remain the same.  We will bring you more on this in the new year.

Other items in this edition include National Inter-Agency Liaison Officers (NILO), a reminder of the various JESIP training and awareness products, mobile APP updates and much more.

Please make sure you encourage colleagues to subscribe to the newsletter, so they can receive it straight into their mailbox.

As always, if you wish to comment on anything related to JESIP, please contact the JESIP team via email,

JESIP Training and Awareness

We have received a number of queries around the training expectations on responders. These are set out in the JESIP Joint Doctrine page 8, section 3.2.

Commanders and Control Room Managers/Supervisors and anyone who may need to act up into that role during an incident, should attend a JESIP Training Course once every 3 years. This course should be multi-agency, and run by trainers who have attended a JESIP Train the Trainer Course. 

In addition to this, these roles and all other responders, should ensure that they undertake JESIP Awareness annually. Click the link to see the JESIP Awareness products available!

Joint Doctrine – Edition 3

Available to download now!

JESIP Train the Trainer

Following the release of the Joint Doctrine Edition 3, the JESIP Team with the help of trainers from local services, brought you some Train the Trainer events to ensure those teaching on JESIP courses were using the latest training materials to reflect the changes within Edition 3. Whilst the responsibility for continuing training sits with the services locally, the central JESIP Team are providing some further dates to assist services. The sessions will be 3 hours and delivered via Microsoft Teams.  The first sessions took place on the 14th November, thank you to those who attended, and of course to all of our trainers.

Further dates are:

  • 22nd November 1230-1530
  • 28th November 0930-1230 – This course is now full
  • 7th December 0930-1230

Due to the popularity of these dates, we have now made further places available to enable as many people to attend as possible. If you would like to book a place, please email

If you have attended a Train the Trainer course, you will need to fill in the feedback form in order to be granted access to the training materials on Resilience Direct. If you have attended the training but have not yet completed the feedback form you can do so using this link: Train the Trainer Feedback Form.

JOL Online

JOL Action Notes

We have sent two action notes out in 2023 to support the distribution of National Guidance for Police, Fire and Rescue services and Ambulance Trusts.

Action Note 2023-001 – IOR was due in by 30th September, however we still have a number of Police, FRS and Ambulance services who have not yet responded.

In August, JOL Action Note 2023-002 – MTA JOPs was sent out. This Action Note was due in on 20th November, if you have not yet submitted your return for either of these JOL Action Notes, please do so as soon as possible.

If you are the JESIP Strategic Lead or JOL SPoC for your blue light organisation and have not yet received these JOL Action Notes, do contact the JOL Coordinator to ensure your contact records are up to date.

Successful completion of JESIP Workforce Survey 2023 

Polly Stannard – Home Office

Together with Ipsos UK, the Homeland Security Group (HSG) at the Home Office is carrying out a programme of further research to strengthen the evidence base for JESIP.  

Part of this has involved conducting a JESIP Workforce Survey 2023, aimed at frontline emergency services staff in England and Wales, which ran from August until the end of September this year.

National Inter-Agency Liaison Officer (NILO)

Inter-Agency Liaison Officers (ILOs) were established following Exercise Trump Card, a multi-agency CBRN exercise sponsored by the Home Office in 2000. A subsequent recommendation of this extensive multi-agency exercise was to improve liaison between agencies at multi-agency incidents, in particular at complex or protracted terrorist related events where protected information needs to be shared.  The London Fire Brigade (LFB) subsequently developed the Inter-agency Liaison Officer (ILO) role in conjunction with the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Anti-Terrorist Branch SO13, now the Counter Terrorism Command SO15 in 2001. After the initial development, several other emergency services introduced ILOs within their own agencies and led to a national standard of NILO.

A NILO is a security vetted, trained and identifiable responder from the emergency services who is a tactical adviser but can assume a command role if required. They can operate at pre-planned or spontaneous operations with extensive knowledge of multi-agency capability, procedures and processes to enable operations at high threat and terrorist incidents.

Airwave Communications Tactical Advisors (CTAs)

Paul Cassford – Emergency Services Airwave User Group

Operational Communications Tactical Advisors (previously known as ‘Airwave Tactical Advisors) are responsible to their operational and tactical planning teams for providing advice and best practice guidance on all aspects relating to the operational use of Airwave, including spontaneous and pre-planned events.

They maintain a high level of understanding of the provisions made for the operational use of mandated and mutual aid talk-groups, together with the Airwave service requirements regarding major incidents and event planning.

To ensure their effectiveness, the CTA must be invited to participate at the very earliest stages of major event planning and more importantly, be invited to assist where protracted spontaneous incidents are encountered.

Contact Updates

It is vital that the contact information we hold for your organisation is accurate and up to date.  Staff regularly move on and change roles so we would be grateful if you could inform us of any updates needed to our records. Every Police, Ambulance and Fire and Rescue Service should have a JESIP Strategic Lead, a JESIP Training Lead and around 3 x JOL Single Points of Contact (SPoCs).

Local Resilience Forums should have JOL SPoCs to input onto JOL Online and share information on behalf of all responder agencies within their forum.

The JESIP roles required within organisations can be found here: JESIP_Roles_and_Responsibilities.pdf

You can update your information or check if it’s up to date by emailing the JOL Coordinator at

Psychology of Interoperability Survey

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