Emergency services 'Oscars' to recognise university research

The 'Oscars of the emergency services' are to recognise ground-breaking research carried out by Nottingham Trent University, the University of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS).

The 'Oscars of the emergency services' are to recognise ground-breaking research carried out by Nottingham Trent University, the University of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS).

The first Excellence in Fire and Emergency Awards will celebrate four years' worth of vital research which is leading to the successful modernisation and reconfiguration of NFRS.

Work began in 2010 with Nottingham Trent University scrutinising and evaluating a fire cover review into the way NFRS firefighters, engines and stations are used to protect people, homes and businesses in the county.

Since then, Peter Murphy, principal lecturer in Public Service Management at Nottingham Business School, and Kirsten Greenhalgh, assistant professor in Accounting at Nottingham University Business School, have collaborated with NFRS on a range of projects as the service has implemented more sophisticated risk assessments, leading to more effective resource deployment. The work means that the people of Nottinghamshire will be protected by the best possible fire and rescue service for years to come.

The pair have also co-authored two papers with NFRS' assistant chief fire officer, Craig Parkin, entitled Collaboration and Interconnectivity: Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and Higher Education Institutions in Nottingham and Fire and Rescue Service Reconfiguration: a case study in Nottinghamshire.

We're very proud of this research because it has made a tangible difference to NFRS and the community it protects.

Peter Murphy

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Peter Murphy, Nottingham Business School

The project has since received international attention, as fire and rescue services around the world look at the work as a template for how they might modernise to deal with the changing risks they face and protect their own communities.

The work first received the FIRE / Gore Research Excellence Award at the last Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE) Fire Related Research and Developments Conference, but it is now being re-presented and celebrated by the industry on a more prestigious stage.

Peter Murphy, who is a member of Nottingham Trent University's Emergency Services Research Unit, said: "We're very proud of this research because of the University's long association with NFRS and because it has made a tangible difference to NFRS and the community it protects. We all want to see a much more effective service that works better for both the public and the fire service itself.

"Being recognised once again at this important awards ceremony shows how much the impact of this work is valued by the emergency services."

Kirsten Greenhalgh said: "These projects are examples of successful collaboration and partnerships between the local universities and the Fire and Rescue Service to benefit the local community. We hope that our ongoing research benefits the wider national and international emergency services communities."

Craig Parkin said: "The collaborative manner in which the work between NFRS and our local universities has been delivered and widely recognised is proof of how a public sector body can better understand the challenges and needs of communities ahead. Being able to draw upon the vast expertise of such well respected universities has given the Fire Service greater confidence in its ability to plan, we hope and aim to continue this positive relationship for many years to come."

The Excellence in Fire and Emergency Awards are a celebration of innovative working practices, initiatives, partnerships and technology in the fire and emergency services. They will take place at the prestigious Caledonian Club in Belgravia, London on 17 October 2014.

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Emergency services 'Oscars' to recognise university research

Published on 26 September 2014
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