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Jail time to double for assaulting an emergency worker

Individuals who assault or attack emergency workers face longer jail terms under a new law backed by government, which received Royal Assent on 13 September. A new offence will double the maximum sentence from six to 12 months in prison for assaulting an emergency worker. This covers police, prison officers, custody officers, fire and rescue… Read more »

Support your local air ambulance during National Air Ambulance Week

Air Ambulance charities across the country are once again coming together to celebrate National Air Ambulance Week (#NAAW2018) which takes place this week – from 10-16 September 2018. The UK’s air ambulance charities are funded by the generosity of the public and treat over 25,000 patients throughout the year. Operational every single day, these 21… Read more »

GMP appoints new Assistant Chief Constable

Chief Constable Ian Hopkins has appointed a new Assistant Chief Constable to the ranks of Greater Manchester Police (GMP). Mabs Hussain is joining the force from West Yorkshire Police (WYP), having spent the first 22 years of his policing career there. ACC Hussain started his career at WYP in uniform in Bradford and, over the… Read more »

New lifeboat crew kit goes into service

The first sets of the RNLI’s new crew kit has now gone on service, with volunteers at Chiswick and Tower lifeboat stations on the Thames being the first lifesavers to don the new kit, which is supplied by Helly Hansen. Earlier in 2018 the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) announced a lifesaving partnership with the… Read more »

Met develops mobile fingerprint device

The Metropolitan Police Service has become the first British police force to develop its own mobile fingerprint device in a move that will save both officer time and public money. The mobile biometric device, named INK Biometrics (Identity Not Known), scans suspects’ fingerprints and will confirm their identity within 60 seconds if they are known… Read more »

Fifth UK police force chooses Saab’s SAFE command and control system

Saab’s command and control system, SAFE, has been procured by Nottinghamshire Police, the fifth UK police force to do so, through the East Midlands Strategic Commercial Unit. SAFE is Saab‘s unified control room solution for any environment that needs centralised command, control and communication. When the SAFE system goes live in Nottinghamshire in early 2020,… Read more »

Hertfordshire police and fire partners agree collaboration deal

An agreement on the future collaboration arrangements between emergency services in Hertfordshire has been reached by the Police and Crime Commissioner and Hertfordshire County Council. The formal arrangement means a number of principles which will strengthen joint working can now be pursued under the existing governance structure. The next stage of the agreement will be to… Read more »

APD launches International Control Room Week

Software pioneer APD Communications is launching a special week celebrating the extraordinary work of emergency services call handlers and dispatch teams. Taking place from 22-28 October, International Control Room Week will raise awareness of the life-saving and life-changing work of staff in emergency services control rooms who deal with harrowing and distressing situations on a… Read more »

Rosenbauer launches premium aerial ladder

Rosenbauer has launched a new, premium aerial ladder – the L32A XS 3.0 – following two years of the firm’s current model achieving unprecedented demand. With Rosenbauer announcing record global sales of the L32A XS 2.0 in 2017-18, the latest version of the appliance is now available for fire and rescue services across the UK…. Read more »

New Chief Constable of Police Scotland appointed

The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) has announced the appointment of Iain Livingstone as the next Chief Constable of Police Scotland. The appointment will be for a fixed term of four years with the possibility of extension in line with legislation. The appointment was made by the SPA and approved by Scottish Ministers in accordance with… Read more »