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Emergency Services Management
A Research Overview

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ISBN 9781032055435
January 24, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
128 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

An expert guide to contemporary research in the field of emergency services management, this shortform book will help academics, scholars, and practitioners to appreciate the important role and contribution of these services.  

Contemporary emergency services have been rapidly changing in response to increasing demand, reducing resources, the impact of COVID-19 and the increasingly complex threats to public safety. Academics, practitioners, the emergency services and their key stakeholders all need to have a clear understanding of the changing role and contribution of these services as well as finding ways to improve their management and performance so that policy solutions to new and emerging threats may be efficiently developed and effectively implemented. The book looks at the application of public management theories to emergency services and the development of professionalism within the police, fire and rescue and ambulance services. It examines the increasing need for better collaboration and identifies the nature and extent of the academic and practitioner divide and the research gap between the academic and professional communities in each of the services.

This book will be invaluable to researchers, scholars, practitioners and students in the fields of governance, leadership and management, especially those focusing on emergency services and management during crises.  

Table of Contents

1. Emergency Services Management: A Research Overview 2. Working Towards Attaining Professional Status 3. Collaboration: Issues, Challenges and Opportunities 4. Leadership and Culture(s): Still Command and Control? 5. The Research-Practice Gaps in Emergency Services 6. Conclusion: Collaboration, Not Isolation is the Way Forward

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Paresh Wankhade is Professor of Leadership and Management at Edge Hill University, Lancashire, UK.

Peter Murphy is a Professor of Public Policy and Management at Nottingham Trent University, UK.


"There has never been greater need for a thorough exploration of emergency services management. In the context of rapidly evolving political, economic and social crises, Professors Paresh Wankhade and Peter Murphy bring their extensive experience and expertise on emergency services to provide this research overview. Their analysis combines a deft combination of public management theory and a nuanced recognition of the peculiarities of the emergency services context. Relevant theoretical perspectives are brought to life with examples from recent crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic and the Manchester Arena bombing. A broad range of topics and perspectives are covered in a concise manner that will make this text invaluable to academic researchers, teachers, practitioners and policy makers for many years to come." Ian C Elliot, Director of Education, Newcastle Business School, UK.

"The ambulance service is increasingly seen as the emergency arm of the NHS. As the services role changes and the provision of emergency and urgent care becomes more community based, we must continue to build our close working relationships with blue light partners, pooling resources and ideas for the greater public good.

This timely publication should be seen as fundamental reading for leaders within emergency services. As all blue light services grapple with a dramatically changing landscape, the period of post-pandemic recovery and a challenged financial outlook, the need for ingenuity and innovation on an industrial scale has never been more important. Having a compendium of contemporaneous research to guide these choices and inform decision making is vital to ensure leaders learn from the past and can accurately visual the future." Andy Swinburn QAM MSc PGCert BA(Hons) FCPara, Director of Paramedicine, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust.