The Home Office has agreed that Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) undergoes a major expansion to take on the role of inspectorate of fire and rescue authorities in England. The inspectorate will help support the continuous improvement of this critical public service and support fire and rescue authorities to become even more effective. It... Read more »
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The Department of Health has selected the Frequentis 3020 LifeX integration platform as a replacement for the current Integrated Command and Control System (ICCS). The Control Room Software (CRS) project required a new approach to the provision of radio dispatch for the UK ambulance service using a cloud-based model. The system will enable the ambulance... Read more »
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North Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Julia Mulligan, has launched a consultation proposing changes to the way the county’s fire and rescue service is overseen. Government and local stakeholders all agree that the way the police and fire and rescue services are currently governed is not driving collaboration fast enough, and that change is necessary.... Read more »
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Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed the appointment of Steve Healey as Chief Fire Officer for Cumbria County Council. Steve is currently Deputy Chief Fire Officer, with over 20 years experience working within Cumbria County Council’s fire and rescue service. Commenting on his appointment, Steve said, “I am delighted to have been appointed as... Read more »
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Over-worked police officers will benefit from a new £7.5m Welfare Fund after the Police Federation of England and Wales lobbied Government tirelessly for more help. The National Police Welfare Service will initially be tested as a pilot and, subject to its success be rolled out to all 43 forces between 2018 and 2020. Steve White,... Read more »
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Workwear manufacturer Ballyclare Limited has announced details of a major new order to supply its Xenon fire fighting garments. The deal will see Ballyclare provide up to 4300 Xenon multi-function firefighter rescue jackets to North West fire and rescue services, which represents fire fighting services in Lancashire, Cumbria and Cheshire. “This is a great step... Read more »
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An initiative led by London Ambulance Service and Metropolitan Police Service, which sees defibrillators added to over 700 police response vehicles and police stations across the capital, began rolling out on 10 July. The life-saving equipment will allow police officers to respond to life-threatening emergencies alongside ambulance crews and see even more public access defibrillators... Read more »
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Hundreds have received extra support from a project to help Norfolk patients who have suffered a fall. The Early Intervention Vehicle (EIV) was launched in February as part of a scheme between the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) and Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCH&C). In the first four months of... Read more »
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Hungerford Community Fire Station has officially opened following a major refurbishment, which began in November 2016. The refurbishment has not only delivered a modern, fit-for-purpose fire station, but it has also delivered Royal Berkshire’s first community tri-service station, providing shared facilities for Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS), Thames Valley Police (TVP) and South... Read more »
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The significant events of the past few weeks really bring home what a challenging job our emergency services staff do on a daily basis and, how critical it is that we fulfil our obligation to look after the men and women who work so hard to keep our communities safe. Oscar Kilo is an online... Read more »
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