Official opening of shared police and fire station in Suffolk

The new shared Fire and Police Station in Saxmundham, Suffolk, is now fully operational. Suffolk County Councillor Matthew Hicks and Tim Passmore, Police and Crime Commissioner, formally opened the £540,000 redeveloped shared base on 14 August. As part of central government’s drive for closer emergency services collaboration, financial support for the project was secured from… Read more »

Smooth sailing for ANS and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has renewed its managed service contract with ANS to maintain and improve the infrastructure underpinning its search and rescue operation. This agreement sees the cloud and managed services provider take responsibility for the MCA’s infrastructure, providing 24/7/365 support and management to facilitate the smooth running of its vital emergency… Read more »

Senior firefighter awarded for changing the way London Fire Brigade thinks about fire

One of the country’s most senior woman firefighters has won two prestigious international academic awards for fundamentally changing the national approach to how fires are fought, to make both firefighters and the public safer. This week she received her awards in Washington DC at the American Psychological Association Convention. London Fire Brigade’s Deputy Assistant Commissioner,… Read more »

Dawlish firefighters receive first of new co-responder vehicles

Dawlish Fire Station in Devon has received the first in a fleet of new vehicles for attending life-threatening medical emergencies. Dawlish attended 561 co-responder calls in 2016/17 and has taken ownership of the first of a fleet of Ford Kugas, which have been designed to meet the needs of the crews specifically to attend these… Read more »

Official opening of Felixstowe police and fire station

Felixstowe’s new shared fire and police station is now fully operational. As part of Suffolk’s ongoing blue light collaboration work, the two emergency services have been working together and now share response and SNT bases in seven locations across Suffolk, including Clare, which is a drop in base for passing patrols. Felixstowe fire station has… Read more »

Firefighters and police to join forces for missing persons searches

A pioneering partnership between firefighters and police has recently been launched in Hampshire, which will see both blue light services join forces to search for high-risk missing people – and it is already helping to save lives. The six-month pilot, between Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and Hampshire Constabulary, will involve St Mary’s Fire Station… Read more »

HMIC becomes single inspectorate for policing and fire and rescue services

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 »

Department of Health selects Frequentis control room software

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 »

New Chief Fire Officer for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service announced

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 »