Security: increasingly an emergency services consideration

The controller who receives the 999 call from a member of the public requesting help from any of our blue light services only knows what they can glean from the caller. He or she doesn’t really know what situation on the ground is really like. The horrific incidents in Westminster, Manchester, London Bridge, Finsbury Park… Read more »

Major mountain rescue training deal for Lyon

Cumbria-based outdoor business Lyon Equipment is celebrating a major success in securing a high-profile training contract with Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW). Earlier this year, MREW invited tenders to train a group of MREW members to become technical rope rescue instructors in their regions. Lyon Equipment’s tender was successful, and training will commence in… Read more »

UK’s first operational police drone unit launches in the South West

Devon and Cornwall and Dorset Police have become the first police forces in the UK to launch a fully operational drone unit. The latest in drone technology has been trialled in the respective forces since November 2015 and such has been their benefit, an operational drone unit has been created – the first of its… Read more »

Tyne and Wear FRS hosts national multi-agency training exercise

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service (TWFRS) led a national multi-agency training exercise over five days in June, to test emergency responses centred on MTFA (Marauding Terrorist and Firearms Attack) and urban search and rescue (USAR) operations. Exercise Black Kite was hosted across both TWFRS’ training centre in Barmston and an offsite strategic holding… Read more »

Official opening of shared police and fire station in Suffolk

The new shared Fire and Police Station in Saxmundham, Suffolk, is now fully operational. Suffolk County Councillor Matthew Hicks and Tim Passmore, Police and Crime Commissioner, formally opened the £540,000 redeveloped shared base on 14 August. As part of central government’s drive for closer emergency services collaboration, financial support for the project was secured from… Read more »

Smooth sailing for ANS and the Maritime and Coastguard Agency

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has renewed its managed service contract with ANS to maintain and improve the infrastructure underpinning its search and rescue operation. This agreement sees the cloud and managed services provider take responsibility for the MCA’s infrastructure, providing 24/7/365 support and management to facilitate the smooth running of its vital emergency… Read more »

Senior firefighter awarded for changing the way London Fire Brigade thinks about fire

One of the country’s most senior woman firefighters has won two prestigious international academic awards for fundamentally changing the national approach to how fires are fought, to make both firefighters and the public safer. This week she received her awards in Washington DC at the American Psychological Association Convention. London Fire Brigade’s Deputy Assistant Commissioner,… Read more »

Dawlish firefighters receive first of new co-responder vehicles

Dawlish Fire Station in Devon has received the first in a fleet of new vehicles for attending life-threatening medical emergencies. Dawlish attended 561 co-responder calls in 2016/17 and has taken ownership of the first of a fleet of Ford Kugas, which have been designed to meet the needs of the crews specifically to attend these… Read more »

Official opening of Felixstowe police and fire station

Felixstowe’s new shared fire and police station is now fully operational. As part of Suffolk’s ongoing blue light collaboration work, the two emergency services have been working together and now share response and SNT bases in seven locations across Suffolk, including Clare, which is a drop in base for passing patrols. Felixstowe fire station has… Read more »

Firefighters and police to join forces for missing persons searches

A pioneering partnership between firefighters and police has recently been launched in Hampshire, which will see both blue light services join forces to search for high-risk missing people – and it is already helping to save lives. The six-month pilot, between Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service and Hampshire Constabulary, will involve St Mary’s Fire Station… Read more »