Fire hood offers a particulate kind of protection

The effects of smoke exposure on the body have been linked to worryingly higher rates of cancer diagnoses and deaths among firefighters. This has presented a new challenge for the industry: to create PPE that acts as a barrier to toxins and potentially harmful smoke particles, while ensuring the body stays cool and dry. Studies… Read more »

Pool rescue manikin brings a new dynamic to lifeguard training

Lifeguards are using realistic manikins in training exercises to practice rescuing people from swimming pools. The dummies are being used by lifeguards around the world to simulate the rescue of a real person who is potentially drowning. Produced by Ruth Lee Ltd, the newly launched Pool Rescue dummies weigh 30kg and are hand-made in the… Read more »

Steve Apter named as Hampshire’s new deputy fire chief

The new Deputy Chief Fire Officer of Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service will be Steve Apter, it has been announced. Currently London Fire Brigade Deputy Commissioner (Safety and Assurance) Steve has almost 30 years’ experience as a firefighter. He has been in command at incidents including the… Read more »

EE wins contract to transform Police Scotland’s mobile future

The Scottish Police Authority (SPA) has awarded mobile operator EE, part of BT Group, a £21m contract to supply mobile services to Police Scotland over a three year period. EE is the mobile network supplier and main contractor and Motorola will supply the Pronto Digital Notebook software. The device handsets will come from Samsung and… Read more »

Steve Jupp proposed as Suffolk’s Chief Constable

Suffolk’s next Chief Constable has been selected, subject to the appointment being confirmed by the Police and Crime Panel at a hearing on 25 January. Suffolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Tim Passmore and an appointments panel, selected Steve Jupp as the next Chief Constable following a rigorous selection process. Steve, who recently retired as the… Read more »

St John Emergency Ambulance Service appoints new Deputy Chief Officer

The St John Emergency Ambulance Service has appointed a new Deputy Chief Officer. The position of Deputy Chief Officer has been filled on an acting basis since its previous incumbent, Alison Marquis, was promoted to Chief Officer last year. Joel de Woolfson, as the new Deputy Chief Officer, will support the Chief Officer on strategy,… Read more »

North Yorkshire PFCC names preferred candidate for Chief Fire Officer

Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan has named her preferred candidate for the role of interim Chief Fire Officer for North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service. Andrew Brodie has spent the last five years at Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service on the Senior Management Team as an influential Assistant Chief Fire Officer, helping to… Read more »

Community Fire and Ambulance Station opens in Lancaster

A fine new Community Fire and Ambulance Station provides a base for fire and ambulance crews in Lancaster. It is the culmination of a project that saw the phased demolition of the original 1970s structure on the site, the refurbishment and occupation of a former council building next door and the building of a new… Read more »

Devon and Cornwall Police to introduce spit and bite guards

Devon and Cornwall Police will introduce spit and bite guards (SBG) to limit the number of assaults on officers, staff and other emergency service workers such as paramedics and nurses. Superintendent Ian Drummond-Smith said, “The SBG is being introduced for the safety and support of our officers, staff and those we work alongside. Biting and… Read more »