The West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner has awarded a grant of £51,000 over three years, to West Mercia Search and Rescue (West Mercia SAR). The grant will cover the charity’s annual rent and insurance, previously paid for by their volunteer members and charitable donations, allowing them to focus their fundraising efforts on training, equipment... Read more »
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The safety of communities across Scotland has been bolstered – thanks to a multi-million pound investment in the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service’s vehicle fleet. A total of four Aerial Ladder Platforms (ALPs) and a Turntable Ladder appliance (TTL) were unveiled on 19 April with a spectacular convoy that set-off from Edinburgh’s George IV Bridge... Read more »
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Police in Norfolk have been given a Porsche Cayman GT4, which will be used to break down barriers with young drivers and help officers deliver life-saving road safety advice. The vehicle has been donated to the constabulary by the Lind Trust, a charity which supports the development of young people in Norwich and Norfolk. The... Read more »
Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service has announced the appointment of a new Chief Fire Officer (CFO)/Chief Executive. Following an extensive selection process, Chris Lowther, currently Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Service Delivery, will assume the role on Monday 10 April 2017 after it was announced last November that current Chief Fire Officer, Tom Capeling... Read more »
Oxfordshire County Council’s fire and rescue service has a new Chief Fire Officer. Simon Furlong, the service’s former Deputy Chief Fire Officer, is the new Chief Fire Officer, succeeding former Chief Dave Etheridge OBE, who retired at the end of March. As well as being Chief Fire Officer for the county, Simon has also been... Read more »
Airwave Solutions Limited, a Motorola Solutions company, in partnership with O2 has announced that over 3000 frontline Surrey Police and Sussex Police officers are now using specialist mobile technology to improve frontline policing and reporting. The new joint project enables 1250 officers at Surrey Police and 1750 at Sussex Police to replace paper-based activities such... Read more »
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A pioneering new app that offers the public a step-by-step guide in how to deal with the aftermath of a terrorist attack has been given the green light by the Home Office. citizenAID is a simple, logical system of immediate actions. It is designed to guide the public to react safely, to pass effective messages... Read more »
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With a territory that takes in the rugged fells of the Lake District and a chunk of the wild and remote north Pennines, Cumbria County Council needs the toughest, most capable vehicles to clear snow and ice for motorists. Faced with a job of this magnitude, it should be no surprise that highways chiefs rely... Read more »
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Victims of crime will receive better and quicker help from police after Microsoft and its partners unveiled the ‘control room of the future’ at the recent B-APCO Exhibition. The technology, which has been developed by Microsoft Services, mapping service Esri and communications firm Frequentis, could be used to help control room staff quickly identify if... Read more »
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A groundbreaking emergency services partnership, which helps to save lives and resources, has swept the board at the Gwent Police Awards. The Joint Response Unit (JRU), operated by the Welsh Ambulance Service and Gwent Police, sees a Paramedic and a Special Constable attending incidents such as assaults and road traffic collisions together, to provide medical... Read more »
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