BAPCO 2021 speaker interview: Colin Stonelake
Colin Stonelake, client consulting partner, Atos Public Sector & Defence UK, discusses his presentation on Multi Agency Incident Transfer
MAIT – or Multi-Agency Incident Transfer - enables the emergency services to respond in a rapid and co-ordinated manner to incidents which require the attendance of multiple agencies.
It is an important topic because one of the key findings from both the Manchester Arena bombing and the Grenfell Tower fire was that emergency services need a service like MAIT to improve how they communicate and co-ordinate activities.
What messages and ideas would you like people to take home with them?
I would like our emergency services to realise the simplicity of MAIT as well as its impact on their ability to deal with complex incidents. It has proven its capability where it has been implemented, most notably throughout much of Wales. It is quick and easy to set up and enables services to co-operate more effectively and more rapidly during incidents.
What do you see as being the big issues and challenges for the sector over the next five years?
The public has the expectation that the emergency services will do everything they can to keep them safe, acting as a single joined-up unit when dealing with incidents. Organisations therefore have to keep abreast of the latest developments in digital technology, embracing changes which improve their operational effectiveness.
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