North Wales Fire and Rescue Service has launched a new command and control system, which equips the service with the highest standard of emergency response software to help keep local communities safe. The project takes on a new approach to integration by not only combining systems such as the Incident Recording System (IRS), mobile data... Read more »
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Every UK public sector ambulance service now fits Michelin tyres on a first-choice policy, with the premium tyres delivering long lasting performance and maximum safety for the lifesaving ‘blue light’ services, while helping to deliver better value for the taxpayer. All 10 NHS ambulance services in England have signed a first-choice policy, alongside those of... Read more »
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Edesix, a market leader in the provision of body worn camera solutions, has launched new head and torso mounted cameras. The X-100 is a side-mountable tactical head camera, ideal for use on headwear as currently utilised by police firearms divisions. The X-100 offers automatic rotation of footage, meaning it can be worn on either side... Read more »
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West Sussex County Council (WSCC) has appointed Gavin Watts as its new Director of Operations and Chief Fire Officer for West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (WSFRS). Gavin, who is currently WSFRS Acting Deputy Chief Fire Officer, will take up his new post next month and succeed Sean Ruth, who is retiring from the fire... Read more »
The Salvation Army has unveiled a new vehicle to respond to emergencies in the west of Scotland. The Salvation Army has a long history of supporting communities in times of need and the vehicle will enable the organisation to continue providing on-site refreshments and emotional support to 999 crews. Leaders of the church and charity... Read more »
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A fire service emergency planning manager has won a top European award. South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue’s Russ Parramore was named European Business Continuity and Resilience Professional of the Year at the Business Continuity Institute’s annual awards in Edinburgh. Russ has worked to develop the fire service’s plans to become one of the world’s leading... Read more »
Scott Safety has today launched a fire fighting industry first – Scott Sight – an in-mask thermal imaging intelligence system. This ground-breaking thermal imaging technology enables integration of a lightweight thermal imaging camera within the mask’s display, providing firefighters with a clear, unobstructed view of their surroundings by keeping a thermal image in view at... Read more »
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The life-saving partnership between ambulance staff and fire and rescue service colleagues in Essex is celebrating its first anniversary this week. The pilot launched on 9 May last year and is a collaborative scheme between the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) and Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS). It was the... Read more »
The 14th United Kingdom Firefighters Sailing Challenge (UKFSC) takes place at Sunsail Port, Solent, Hampshire from 8-11 May. A number of event records are expected to be broken this year: 29 crews have entered the event – the most emergency services and sponsors to take part in the event; 260 emergency services personnel, past, present... Read more »
South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust’s (SECAmb’s) plans to reconfigure its Emergency Operations Centres (EOCs) and move to a new headquarters (HQ) are gathering pace. The first staff are expected to move into the new building, which will serve as the trust’s HQ and EOC for the west of its region, in Manor... Read more »