O&H set up Venari Group to serve wider emergency services sector

The owners of Yorkshire-based ambulance manufacturer O&H Vehicle Technology have today (Thursday 2 January), announced that its parent company – Venari Group – is to launch a new manufacturing facility in West Yorkshire in February 2020. Venari Group CEO, Oliver North – an emergency vehicle specialist – has unveiled plans to begin manufacturing at the… Read more »

New joint fire and police headquarters gets green light from council planners

A new joint fire and police headquarters for Nottinghamshire was given the go-ahead by planners in Gedling on 4 December 2019. Gedling Borough Council’s planning committee has agreed to Nottinghamshire Police’s current Sherwood Lodge base being transformed with a new building to include Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service on the same site. They will leave… Read more »

Leading organisations join forces to honour behind-the-scenes control room heroes

A host of leading organisations working with emergency services and critical control room operations have joined forces to support national awards, which recognise the sector’s unsung heroes. Nominations are now open for the APD Control Room Awards 2020 and individuals and teams are being urged to put their control room colleagues forward to be recognised… Read more »

Wiltshire Air Ambulance provides additional lifesaving capability

Wiltshire Air Ambulance has enhanced the blood products it can give to critically injured or unwell people by carrying plasma. The charity is now carrying two units of plasma onboard and this will be used with two units of O negative blood (packed red blood cells). Wiltshire Air Ambulance has been carrying packed red blood… Read more »

New 999 control room for West Sussex and Surrey goes live

A joint emergency 999 combined control room for West Sussex and Surrey fire and rescue services went live on 4 December. Earlier this year West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service announced it would be moving to the joint system with Surrey Fire and Rescue Service. The new 999 combined control room only means a change… Read more »

Plans to build tri-service fire station in Theale get green light

Members of the Royal Berkshire Fire Authority’s (RBFA) Management Committee have approved plans for a new wholetime (full time) station in Theale, Berkshire. Theale will become a tri-service community station, offering a shared location for Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS), Thames Valley Police (TVP) and South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS). The new site,… Read more »

High performance PPE rolled out to 30,000 firefighters across the UK

A new high performance PPE kit has been rolled out to over 30,000 firefighters across the country as a result of a collaborative framework led by Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS). KFRS took the lead role of a joint partnership involving 11 other fire and rescue services in the UK, to source a modern… Read more »

Ledlenser shines a light on your HEROES

Ledlenser, a leading supplier of premium torches and headlamps, is looking to shine a light on Everyday HEROES with a new winter campaign. We all know someone who deserves something a little extra for everything that they do. Here’s your chance, with the help of Ledlenser, to call them or their organisation out and let… Read more »

Ambulance service ‘flu angels’ help vaccinate frontline staff

Two North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) ‘flu angels’ have been out and about across Cheshire and Merseyside on a decommissioned ambulance dubbed the ‘flu bus’ delivering vaccinations to busy ambulance staff. Paramedic Kelsey Morgan and Emergency Medical Technician 1 Sarah Jane Pettitt, along with help from Paramedic Debbie Stephens, have delivered around 140 vaccines so… Read more »