Ambulance service alliance aims to improve patient care

Three ambulance services have announced plans to form an alliance to improve efficiency and benefit patient care. Between them, South East Coast, South Western and West Midlands ambulance services handle more than 2.5 million 999 calls every year. The three trusts plan to form an alliance that will see them working even more closely together… Read more »

Control Room Awards return to shine spotlight on unsung heroes

Awards celebrating the life-saving and life-changing work of staff in critical control rooms are returning for the second year. The APD Control Room Awards 2019 are the only national awards that recognise the extraordinary and selfless contribution to the public and society as a whole of people working in control rooms for the police, fire,… Read more »

New Chief appointed to Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service has chosen Martin Blunden as its new Chief Officer. Martin is currently Deputy Chief Officer of South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue, and will take up his new role in early 2019. Martin brings over 26 years’ fire and rescue service experience to the role, previously having held a number… Read more »

Ledlenser: a leading light in LED innovation

When your life may depend on having the right light by your side, Ledlenser is the standout choice. Already used by a multitude of emergency services professionals internationally and recognised as a leader in LED torches and headlamps, Ledlenser has perfected the art of combining precision German engineering with the latest technologies to deliver a… Read more »

New Chief Fire Officer appointed for Gloucestershire

Wayne Bowcock has been appointed as Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service’s new Chief Fire Officer. Wayne started his career as a firefighter for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and has gone on to amass 26 years’ experience in a range of operational and leadership roles. Wayne is currently Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Nottinghamshire Fire… Read more »

New technology fitted to Royal Berkshire’s fire appliances

Royal Berkshire Fire Authority has invested in new tablet devices and software to assist firefighters in providing the best possible response to the people of Royal Berkshire. The Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) have been fitted in the front of every fire appliance across Berkshire to provide relevant operational intelligence and risk information to crews. The… Read more »

Joint procurement venture saves fire and rescue services thousands

Fire and rescue services in South and West Yorkshire have saved the taxpayer thousands of pounds by working together to buy new rescue equipment to deal with road traffic collisions. A contract of nearly £1.25m has been awarded to Weber Rescue UK for the supply of new battery powered cutting equipment to South Yorkshire Fire… Read more »

North West Ambulance Service announces Daren Mochrie as new Chief Executive

Following the retirement earlier this year of North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) Chief Executive, Derek Cartwright, the trust has announced the appointment of Daren Mochrie, who will be joining NWAS in spring of next year. Daren Mochrie, currently the Chief Executive of South East Coast Ambulance Service, has worked for the NHS since the age… Read more »

Interim CEO appointed for East of England Ambulance Service

Dorothy Hosein (pictured) has joined the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) as its new leader. The new interim CEO started on 1 November and will be in post until a substantive CEO can be appointed. Sarah Boulton, Chair of EEAST, said, “We’re really pleased we have been able to secure Dorothy until… Read more »

First ambulance crews trial body-worn video cameras

The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) has become the first ambulance service to trial body-worn video cameras. Approximately 40 NEAS frontline staff will be trying out the use of body cameras in a bid to offer them greater support against the rise of incidents of violence and aggression. Alan Gallagher, Head of Risk, said, “The… Read more »