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 »

Over £100m awarded to police transformation projects

The UK Government is investing more than £100m of the Police Transformation Fund (PTF) in projects designed to prepare police forces to adapt to the challenges of the future. The Home Secretary has approved up to £70m for investment in 2018/19 in four national major police-led programmes covering forces in England and Wales and to… Read more »

Devon Air Ambulance buys new helicopter

Devon Air Ambulance prides itself on being a dynamic and forward-thinking charity, committed to providing the very best patient care and ensuring the service continues to grow and improve. The exciting next step in this development took place on 16 August, with the purchase of a new Airbus H145 helicopter, which will be on duty from… Read more »

UKRO Challenge 2018 heads for Cardiff

Preparations for next month’s United Kingdom Rescue Organisation Challenge 2018 by host organisation South Wales Fire and Rescue Service (SWFRS) are well underway. Taking place in Cardiff Bay and running from 27-29 September 2018, the annual UKRO challenge sees teams compete against each other in various vehicle extrication and rescue disciplines for a range of… Read more »

BWV training for Cheshire Police officers

Cheshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner David Keane has been on patrol with officers in Chester to receive a demonstration of the force’s new body worn video (BWV) equipment ahead of all officers being trained on the kit. It follows the announcement earlier this year that body worn video (BWV) cameras would be made available to… Read more »

PCL develops bespoke tyre inflation solution

Pneumatic Components (PCL), a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of pneumatic and tyre inflation systems, has developed a unique, mobile tyre inflation solution for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS). ECFRS required a solution that would enable its fleet operators to inflate fire appliance tyres up to the required psi, often… Read more »

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 »