Cleveland Fire Brigade launches new water rescue unit

Cleveland firefighters are equipped to tackle flooding incidents throughout the UK with the launch of a new water rescue unit. The fully-fitted support vehicle includes a inflatable boat, 10 and five person rescue sleds, two inflatable walkways, decontamination spray units and first aid, which includes oxygen therapy. The unit has a capacity to carry out… Read more »

Virtual Reality first aid training now part of training courses in the UK

The London-based startup Dual Good Health has created a Virtual Reality application to be used in first aid courses in the UK. The application immerses trainees in a realistic training scenario where they have to perform emergency response actions in a virtual world. Virtual Reality grew at a steady pace during 2017. The AR/VR industry… Read more »

Glenn Askew takes the helm at Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service’s new Chief Fire Officer Glenn Askew is focused upon reform and modernisation and his goal is for the communities of Devon and Somerset to receive the best, most efficient and effective fire and rescue service, ultimately keeping people safe and saving lives. Having started his fire and rescue… Read more »

Women of the Year Awards pay tribute to emergency and medical services

The 2017 Women of the Year Awards have paid tribute to emergency response teams, both in the UK and abroad. Women of the Year President Sandi Toksvig hosted an awards ceremony and lunch for a group of 400 specially invited women, all honoured as a ‘2017 Woman of Achievement;’ who were selected for their resilience,… Read more »

West Yorkshire Police stand with FRS colleagues against attacks on crews

West Yorkshire Police (WYP) is standing shoulder to shoulder with West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (WYFRS) in a commitment to stopping attacks on firefighters and taking every action possible to catch those responsible for such mindless behaviour. During November, police began to trial training days with firefighters on recognising the signs of public order… Read more »

Collaboration opportunities explored in Warwickshire

Ways in which Warwickshire’s emergency services can work more closely together and deliver an improved service to the public are being explored by a new advisory group, which held its first meeting at the beginning of December, at the Shire Hall in Warwick. The Warwickshire Blue Light Collaboration Joint Advisory Board has been established to… Read more »

More joint working in Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service will be working even more closely with colleagues in the police, following a pledge by Gloucestershire County Council. Earlier in the year, the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) dropped plans to take over the running of Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service. Instead, at a recent full council meeting, the county… Read more »

Police and paramedics using specialist vehicle to keep people safe on nights out

A specialist vehicle staffed by police officers and paramedics will be operating in Leicester city centre over the festive period to help keep people safe on nights out. Leicestershire Police and East Midlands Ambulance Service will use the POLAMB to deliver a joint response both treating people who are injured and undertaking immediate investigative enquiries… Read more »

NIFRS and NIEA commit to closer collaboration

Alan Walmsley, Assistant Chief Fire and Rescue Officer, Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) and David Small, Chief Executive of the NI Environment Agency (NIEA), have jointly signed a reviewed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two organisations. The reviewed MOU, sets out how both organisations will continue to work in partnership and collaborate… Read more »