BlueLightCamp to debut at British APCO 2012

Published:  19 January, 2012

New social media forum is a totally new, day-long ‘unconference’ style event that offers a free, open and fluidic day of sharing experiences, thoughts and best practice across all Blue Light Services.

2011 was the year that saw civil unrest in the UK, and worldwide, on an unprecedented scale; from the rioting that took place across the country in August, to the Occupy London Stock Exchange movement, which began in October and still continues to the present day. All in all it’s been a testing year for the UK’s frontline services and social media has been instrumental in the organisation of unrest, in responding to members of the public to address their concerns and even in connecting with those people engaged in acts of civil disobedience.

Some frontline services have been praised for their engagement across social media channels, while others have been criticised for their lack of it, but a forum has yet to be established for discussing the issues and providing thoughts on best practice, until now….

BlueLightCamp is a totally new, day-long ‘unconference’ style event, taking place on Sunday 15th April 2012 between 9am and 5pm at Manchester Central exhibition centre. It will be a free, open and fluidic day of sharing experiences, thoughts and best practice across all Blue Light Services.

BlueLightCamp is working in partnership with The British Associated Public-Safety Communications Officers (BAPCO) to deliver this event before the annual Exhibition and Development Sessions, which takes place from Monday 16th to Tuesday 17th April 2012.

This event is open to all the UK front-line Blue Light Services, including, though certainly not limited to:

Fire Services

Police Authorities

Ambulance Services

Front-line Social Care Providers.

The organisers hope to have 170 representatives from Blue Light Services and associated partners present on the day to make this an event to remember. Tickets are available here and best of all it’s totally free! There is likely to be a lot of interest in this event, so visitors are encouraged to sign up as quickly as possible to avoid disappointment.

Visitors to BlueLightCamp on Sunday 15th April are advised to stick around for the British APCO Exhibition and Development Sessions, taking place on Monday 16th and Tuesday 17th April. There’s more to come on the social media front at the event, with social media advice surgeries at the exhibition; free and open to all, and major debate in the Development Sessions.

For further information and to register for the Exhibition and Development Sessions, click here. 

Follow the event on Twitter @BritishAPCO or join the LinkedIn group – British APCO 2012.

For further information and to register for BlueLightCamp, please click here.

Follow the event on Twitter @BlueLightCamp

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