techUK launches strategic MoU with the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC)

techUK is excited to announce the official launch of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in collaboration with the National Fire Chiefs Council. This formal partnership is aimed at facilitating collaboration between the two organisations, ensuring that fire and rescue services can engage effectively with the technology sector in relation to their expanding national Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) portfolio.   

NFCC is the professional voice of the UK fire and rescue services, and coordinates the national sector services, develops solutions and new tools, and provides professional development for their members.  

Andy Hopkinson, Chief Fire Officer, Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service and Chair of the NFCC DDaT Committee said: 

“Technology has a pivotal role in advancing the capabilities of the fire and rescue sector. Collaborating with the tech industry Is not just a necessity, it is a strategic imperative. This partnership with techUK promises to enhance our ability to understand and resolve the challenges we face, and to identify and exploit new opportunities enabled by technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our service and ensure the safety of our communities”. 

Andy Hopkinson

Chief Fire Officer, Bedfordshire Fire & Rescue Service and Chair of the NFCC DDaT Committe

Recognising that DDaT principles are connected to all aspects of fire and rescue service operations, from frontline response to targeted interventions, this initiative aims to establish and support national and local solutions. These solutions are designed to optimise day-to-day activities, enhancing the way data is collected, stored, used and presented within the sector.  

The main objective of the MoU is to develop a strategy to advance collaboration and innovation in the fire and rescue sector’s DDaT landscape. These objectives include the establishment of a working group and the organisation of events and roundtables to facilitate dialogue between DDaT leads in the fire sector and techUK members.  

Matt Evans, Markets Director, techUK said: 

“This newly established partnership signals a digital step change for the sector, and I believe what the partnership will deliver will be a fantastic opportunity to foster positive relationships between industry and NFCC. It will help provide fire and rescue services, both locally and nationally, with access to our member’s knowledge and services in order to drive their digital, data and technology agenda forward”.   

Matt Evans

Markets Director, techUK

With this partnership we are aiming to promote a more transparent, vibrant and accessible technology market, strengthen relationships between the fire and private sectors, enabling the achievement of NFCC’s DDaT ambitions.  

Notes to editors 

You can find an overview of the MoU here. 

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Georgie Morgan

Georgie Morgan

Head of Justice and Emergency Services, techUK

Georgie joined techUK as the Justice and Emergency Services (JES) Programme Manager in March 2020, then becoming Head of Programme in January 2022.

Georgie leads techUK's engagement and activity across our blue light and criminal justice services, engaging with industry and stakeholders to unlock innovation, problem solve, future gaze and highlight the vital role technology plays in the delivery of critical public safety and justice services. The JES programme represents suppliers by creating a voice for those who are selling or looking to break into and navigate the blue light and criminal justice markets.

Prior to joining techUK, Georgie spent 4 and a half years managing a Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) in Westminster. She worked closely with the Metropolitan Police and London borough councils to prevent and reduce the impact of crime on the business community. Her work ranged from the impact of low-level street crime and anti-social behaviour on the borough, to critical incidents and violent crime.

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Cinzia Miatto

Cinzia Miatto

Programme Manager - Justice & Emergency Services, techUK

Cinzia joined techUK in August 2023 as the Justice and Emergency Services (JES) Programme Manager.

The JES programme represents suppliers, championing their interests in the blue light and criminal justice markets, whether they are established entities or newcomers seeking to establish their presence.

Prior to join techUK, Cinzia held positions within the third and public sectors, managing international and multi-disciplinary projects and funding initiatives. Cinzia has a double MA degree in European Studies from the University of Göttingen (Germany) and the University of Udine (Italy), with a focus on politics and international relations.

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Ella Gago-Brookes

Team Assistant, Markets, techUK

Ella joined techUK in November 2023 as a Markets Team Assistant, supporting the Justice and Emergency Services, Central Government and Financial Services Programmes.  

Before joining the team, she was working at the Magistrates' Courts in legal administration and graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2022.  Ella attained an undergraduate degree in History and Politics, and a master's degree in International Relations and Security Studies, with a particular interest in studying asylum rights and gendered violence.  

In her spare time she enjoys going to the gym, watching true crime documentaries, travelling, and making her best attempts to become a better cook.  

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