The article provides an editorial perspective and quick summary, context and background for the papers published in volume four, issue two of the International Journal of Emergency Services. The dominant themes of “interoperability” and “inter-service collaboration” run through the eight papers published in this second issue of the current volume. Six of the contributions relate to the three main blue light services, namely the ambulance, fire and rescue and the police services. These papers are complimented by a contribution exploring the pre-hospital “command and control” dimension during a mass gathering event and a conceptual paper reviewing the risk assessment networks while protecting urban workers. Each of the papers provide a critical perspective on the issues being examined highlighting some of the challenges contained in dealing with those issues.