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Emergency Services: Common Talk Groups

Volume 496: debated on Tuesday 1 September 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to Baroness Neville-Jones of 13 July 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, columns WA185-86, on emergency services: common talk groups, what the intended (a) purposes and (b) users are of (i) the Sharer Hailing Group, (ii) the Dedicated Government Agency Group, (iii) the Silver Level Inter-Agency Group, (iv) the three Bronze Level Inter-Agency Groups, (v) the All-User Interoperability Group and (vi) the Multi Agency Mutual Aid Group. (288367)

[holding answer 20 July 2009]: The information is as follows:

(a) The Sharer Hailing Group enables visiting sharer agencies within a police force area to make contact with the police control room.

(b) The Dedicated Government Agency Group enables non-police enforcement agencies to carry out operations with the police.

(c) The Silver level Inter-Agency Group is intended for Silver command use at incidents where all or some blue light agencies are present.

(d) The Three Bronze level Inter-Agency Talk Groups are intended for Bronze operational use where all or some other blue light agencies are present.

(e)The All-User Interoperability Group is owned and managed by Airwave Solutions Limited, the service provider, for use by their customers where appropriate.

(f) The Multi Agency Mutual Aid Talk Group is a set of 10 talk groups owned and managed by Airwave Solutions for use as a supplement to other talk group arrangements.

Users of each Talk Group are listed in the following table.

Talk group

Users

(a) The Sharer Hailing Group

Fire—Brigades

Ambulance—Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Trusts, Air Ambulance

Broadmoor Hospital

Defence—Army, RAF (including RAF Search and Rescue), Navy, Guards Agency

HM Revenue and Customs

Department for Work and Pensions

Gangmasters Licencing Authority

Prisons Services

Highways Agency

Transport Scotland

Traffic Wales

Local Authority Warden Schemes

CCTV Schemes

Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Coastguards

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

UK Border Agency

Other minor single users.

(b) The Dedicated Government Agency Group

HM Revenue and Customs Department for Work and Pensions

Gangmasters Licencing Authority

Immigration Service

Prisons Services

(c) The Silver Level Inter-Agency Group

Fire Ambulance Defence—Army, Royal Air Force (RAF) (including RAF Search and Rescue), Navy, Guards Agency HM Revenue and Customs Prisons Services Highways Agency Transport Scotland Traffic Wales UK Border Agency

(d) The three Bronze Level Inter-Agency Groups,

Fire - Brigades Ambulance - Strategic Health Authorities, Primary Care Trusts, Air Ambulance Broadmoor Hospital Defence—Army, RAF (incl RAF Search and Rescue), Navy, Guards Agency HM Revenue and Customs Department for Work and Pensions Gangmasters Licencing Authority Prisons Services Highways Agency Transport Scotland Traffic Wales Local Authority Warden Schemes CCTV Schemes

Coastguards Royal National Lifeboat Institution UK Border Agency

(e) The All-User Interoperability Group

All organisations that have access to Airwave.

(f) The Multi Agency Mutual Aid Group All organisations that have access to Airwave (incl all above) have access to these talk groups.

All organisations that have access to Airwave.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department pursuant to the answer to Baroness Neville-Jones of 13 July 2009, Official Report, House of Lords, columns WA185-86, on emergency services: common talk groups, how many officers of (a) the Metropolitan Police, (b) the City of London Police and (c) the British Transport Police in London have been trained to use (i) the Sharer Hailing Group, (ii) the Dedicated Government Agency Group, (iii) the Silver Level Inter-Agency Group, (iv) the three Bronze Level Inter-Agency Groups, (v) the All-User Interoperability Group and (vi) the Multi-Agency Mutual Aid Group. (288404)

[holding answer 20 July 2009]: All officers in the three forces are trained on how to access and use the Airwave Talk Group facility, as part of their general radio training. Consequently they are all trained to use all of the talk groups listed.