Sussex PCC moves towards a greener fleet

Sussex PCC Katy Bourne has announced that electric cars will be used for non-response, unmarked police vehicles across Sussex and Surrey. 30 BMW i3s per force are set to be deployed on division and in departmental unmarked roles, to replace costly fossil-fuelled vehicles, which had already been identified for replacement during the 2018/19 financial year…. Read more »

Northamptonshire becomes first fire and rescue service to support GoodSAM app

The GoodSAM app is a smartphone system, which triggers alerts to the three closest first aid trained responders when a 999 call is received for an ambulance, in order to deliver quality CPR until the emergency services arrive. Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) has become the first fire and rescue service in the country… Read more »

Border Force in lifesaving defibrillator move

Defibrillators are being put into Border Force sites with more than 20 staff in a groundbreaking move to improve the survival of anyone having a cardiac arrest. Survival rates fall from between seven to 10 percent for each minute a defibrillator (AED) is not used, says resuscitation expert Stephen Furnell, who has been campaigning for… Read more »

Lisa Winward named as preferred candidate for North Yorkshire Chief Constable

Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire Julia Mulligan has named Lisa Winward as her preferred candidate to become Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police. Lisa Winward, currently North Yorkshire’s Temporary Chief Constable and Deputy Chief Constable since February 2017, was chosen following a rigorous two-day interview process. The Police and Crime Commissioner will now… Read more »

New fleet of rapid response cars for London’s Air Ambulance Charity

London’s Air Ambulance, the charity that delivers an advanced trauma team to critically injured patients in London, has today unveiled its new fleet of ŠKODA rapid response cars. The charity’s cars operate at night or in adverse weather conditions, bringing the same doctor-paramedic team, equipment and drugs to a patient’s side as the charity’s aircraft…. Read more »

Search and rescue drones a life-saver

An industry-leading thermal imaging company in Hampshire is supplying emergency services across the country with drones fitted with specialist cameras. iRed launched its ‘search and rescue’ packages after a decade of research into aerial thermography and the company has supplied six police forces to date. The company, based in Emsworth, also provides the training in using… Read more »

XC90 ground response for Essex and Herts Air Ambulance

Two converted Volvo XC90s have been chosen to provide the ground response for Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Service. The Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Service (EHAAS) delivers a first-class pre-hospital emergency medical service to the people of Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas, and settled on the Volvo XC90 as its ground response car of… Read more »

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service breaks ground on new training facility

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s (RBFRS) Firehouse is set to be completely re-configured to provide a contemporary facility for firefighters’ training. On 9 July, work began to refurbish the Firehouse and it is anticipated to be complete by September 2018. Before the work started, the team leading this development met for the groundbreaking. Alex… Read more »

Ordnance Survey brings road network data up to speed

Ordnance Survey (OS) is adding new datasets about vehicle speeds and speed limits in its mapping to help transport planners plot quicker journey times. Data for average speed times and speed limits have been added to the OS MasterMap Highways Network product, the single authoritative view of the road network for England and Wales. The… Read more »

Edesix adds Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to UK client base

Edesix has won the contract to supply body worn cameras (BWCs) to Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. The Edinburgh-based BWC expert already works with West Midlands Fire Service, as well as other emergency services throughout the UK. As highlighted in our comprehensive feature in the June 2018 issue of Emergency Services times, wearable cameras are… Read more »