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03 March 2015

Rachel Atkinson

UCLan discussed innovative partnerships with emergency services at specialist workshop

Pic: Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser Peter Holland in conversation with UCLan’s Professor Paul Egglestone at the one-day emergency services workshop at UCLan.

A group of North West emergency service staff swapped frontline action for a day in the classroom thanks to the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan).

Representatives from the emergency services across the North West attended a workshop at the Preston Campus to discuss how they could work innovatively in partnership with UCLan.

"This specialist event was a great chance to bring the leaders of these services together to see how we can help support innovation to make them even better.”

Caption: From l -r Gary Bond, Head of UCLan’s School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences, Peter Holland Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser and UCLan Honorary Fellow, David Mallaby, UCLan Academic Lead for Policing, Wyn Dignan, Chair of the North West Ambulance Service, Simon Fryer, Head of Service Deliveries for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service, Rachel Dyer, UCLan Partnership Development Manager.

Organiser Dr Rachel Dyer, Partnership Development Manager, said: “At UCLan we have an established history of working with the emergency services to develop innovative approaches to service delivery and evidence effectiveness in what they do. This specialist event was a great chance to bring the leaders of these services together to see how we can help support innovation to make them even better.”

Chief Fire and Rescue Adviser for the Department of Communities and Local Government, Peter Holland, who was made a UCLan Honorary Fellow in 2009, took part in a question and answer session with the attendees.

The event, which was held in UCLan’s Media Innovation Studio, demonstrated how UCLan has already supported innovation in partnership with the emergency services and discussed what challenges they face. It also provided an opportunity for leaders within the emergency services to network with each other and supported the development of ideas to access funding opportunities.

Speakers from UCLan included Dr Eliza Morgan, Professor Gary Bond and Professor Paul Egglestone.