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You don’t need to be a technical expert to understand emergency response. Our blog explains trends & gives insights on all things public safety, from the latest innovations to the key issues affecting citizens & emergency professionals.
We are aware of the importance of accessible emergency services and the legislative requirements placed on EU countries, but how are countries ensuring that these are put into practice? We hear the perspective of Kaili Tamm, advisor on 112 at the Estonian Ministry of Interior.
The demands of the last year saw the rise of telehealth and teleworking. Many people, who had never before considered the possibility, were introduced to the concept of the remote office. The same can be said for emergency call-takers. As the importance of social distancing and quarantine became clear during the COVID-19 pandemic, many emergency call centres were presented with a unique challenge: how to continue to provide continuity of high-level service with the risk that call-takers would be unable to attend work? To address this, we saw the implementation of remote emergency call-taking.
There are around one billion persons¹ with some form of disability in the world and over 100 million² live in Europe. Disability affects a high proportion of the population but are emergency services accessible to all? How can they ensure that all people can get help when they need it?
Recently, I was speaking to a colleague who reluctantly shared they were seeing a counsellor to deal with some issues. This long-tenured industry professional was struggling with being viewed differently. I applauded the courage the individual was showing and the leadership that was being demonstrated by the very act of seeking help.
Behind every rescue operation, there is a team of dedicated individuals. Each one is a vital link in the emergency response chain. What drives these professionals to go the extra mile to keep people safe? Our Knowledge Officer, Rose Michael, caught up with Italian firefighter Federico Brizio to talk about working in the emergency call centre: the challenges faced, how they are overcome, and the rewarding experiences.