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Search and rescue drones a life-saver

An industry-leading thermal imaging company in Hampshire is supplying emergency services across the country with drones fitted with specialist cameras. iRed launched its ‘search and rescue’ packages after a decade of research into aerial thermography and the company has supplied six police forces to date. The company, based in Emsworth, also provides the training in using… Read more »

XC90 ground response for Essex and Herts Air Ambulance

Two converted Volvo XC90s have been chosen to provide the ground response for Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Service. The Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Service (EHAAS) delivers a first-class pre-hospital emergency medical service to the people of Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas, and settled on the Volvo XC90 as its ground response car of… Read more »

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service breaks ground on new training facility

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s (RBFRS) Firehouse is set to be completely re-configured to provide a contemporary facility for firefighters’ training. On 9 July, work began to refurbish the Firehouse and it is anticipated to be complete by September 2018. Before the work started, the team leading this development met for the groundbreaking. Alex… Read more »

Ordnance Survey brings road network data up to speed

Ordnance Survey (OS) is adding new datasets about vehicle speeds and speed limits in its mapping to help transport planners plot quicker journey times. Data for average speed times and speed limits have been added to the OS MasterMap Highways Network product, the single authoritative view of the road network for England and Wales. The… Read more »

Edesix adds Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to UK client base

Edesix has won the contract to supply body worn cameras (BWCs) to Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service. The Edinburgh-based BWC expert already works with West Midlands Fire Service, as well as other emergency services throughout the UK. As highlighted in our comprehensive feature in the June 2018 issue of Emergency Services times, wearable cameras are… Read more »

Marshalls products to protect and serve Northamptonshire Police

Marshalls, the UK’s leading hard landscaping manufacturer, has partnered with Northamptonshire Police to help secure its new headquarters in Kettering. A range of products from Marshalls’ Landscape Protection portfolio has been provided to help secure the exterior of the building, including Geo bollards and seating, a Pluto cycle shelter and bespoke concrete planters. The full… Read more »

Policing partners sign up to wellbeing goal

Police wellbeing is the focus of a new goal launched this month by the Home Office, in conjunction with partners in policing and mental health. Partners who developed the goal pledge to work together to boost the welfare support available to police officers and staff in England and Wales over the next three years. The… Read more »

Body worn cameras issued to Humberside Police officers

Body worn video cameras are being issued to officers across Humberside Police. The phased roll out is already underway and over the next year almost 1700 officers, PCSOs and staff will be trained in their use. A team in Hull is already using the cameras and further officers and staff in the city will be… Read more »

Merseyside FRS appoints Phil Garrigan as Acting Chief Fire Officer

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service has appointed Phil Garrigan as its new Acting Chief Fire Officer (CFO). Phil, formerly the Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Merseyside, takes on the responsibility of leading the service following the departure of the previous Chief, Dan Stephens. Dan is taking up a new position as Chief Executive Officer/Chief Officer… Read more »

J Tomlinson awarded SCAS contract

J Tomlinson has been appointed on a two-year contract to provide maintenance services to South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS). The appointment follows J Tomlinson’s extensive work with the emergency services sector, including a planned and reactive maintenance contract with West Midlands Ambulance Service, for whom the company’s construction division also recently completed… Read more »