system for all emergency services across Europe, as part of efforts to
tackle terrorism, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning.
to take four years to produce a basic 'interoperable' system. The Today
programme pointed out that in the UK alone, the police, ambulance and army
all use different communications systems.
British involvement in the project will be led by the UK Resilience Centre.
Trevor Taylor, chairman of the centre, told the programme there
could be a need for more centralisation of emergency response. 'When you
look at the possibility of a terrorist attack of a major sort you run into
the fact that two local authorities may have made their own preprations that
are not compatible,' he said. 'That attack could cross their lines of
responsibility. So in looking to decentralise you come up against some
issues about the need to centralise.'