Saturday, June 14, 2008

Whats in a name.

I tagged along to a series of talks by specialist departments recently.
Fairly informative stuff if a little repetitive. One thing that started to jar was the use of the word 'Responders' in the talks. I wondered if it was just one speaker but a number used it.I realised that they were using the word Responder instead of the usual Emergency services.For a number of separate speakers to come up with the same term,I can only assume this is the latest 'buzz word management speak' from those in the clouds.

So why are we now 'Responders' and not 'Emergency services'.

Is the word 'Emergency' now deemed by those above to be too alarmist to the public. To suggest there are Emergencies going on might suggest the Authorities are not in control.
We would now appear to 'respond' to....situations 'requiring immediate action'.
I am sure this change will assist in easing the fears of those dialling 999.

'I need 'Responders' here now!'

Or is it that the term 'Emergency services' are just not 'inclusive' enough. Sadly I am too old fashioned to assume there are more than 4 Emergency services, Police, Fire ,Ambulance and Coastguard.

However thinking this through,it is obviously clear that at a scene others do arrive and assist.It could be the Support services putting in barriers,tents,lighting,vehicle removal or even the staff from the Borough who turn up and hose down the 'blood and gore' afterwards.
Has someone somewhere said these efforts are not being recognised and they are indeed 'Responders' as well.

These sort of Buzz words tend to take hold in other area of Government life.
Say if the NHS takes its lead from the Home Office.
Accident and Emergency may have to be renamed 'Unfortunate harmful event and condition in need in immediate treatment' Department.

Salad days for sign writers.


Blogger stuart said...

I dialled 999 due to a car incident. When asked what service I wanted I said "The AA please," trying not to panic. The woman didn't seem amused, especially when I was arguing that they were the 5th emergency service, and what should I do if I drove my car into the ocean - seeing as she didn't even offer me the chance to speak to the Coastguard!

I was contemplating not mentioning that I'm kidding, but I'd probably have been lynched for it...

4:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I persuaded a meeting that Custody is now the Involuntary Attendees Unit, but thinking on it the Involuntary Customers Unit has more scope for confusion

2:26 PM  
Blogger Whichendbites said...


Here's to mobile canine deployment facilitators.

1:48 PM  
Blogger Officer Dibble said...

With all the global warming I reckon the old Coastguard will be on call more often.

I consider the custody back door as the 'players entrance'...they played....they lost.

WEB we need to keep it basic.

Announcements for 'Land Shark unit on route'(announced loudly at a particular scene) might negate your actual deployment!

3:46 PM  

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