‘GPs with Ambulance scheme’ praised for reducing admissions to A&E

A scheme to support paramedics when they respond to 999 calls and reduce the number of patients being admitted to hospital was presented at ‘The role of Ambulance and Paramedic Services in Delivering Urgent Care’ conference in March and received very positive feedback from the attendees. The GPs with Ambulance scheme is run in partnership… Read more »

Paul Crowther to be next BTP Chief Constable

Deputy Chief Constable Paul Crowther OBE has been appointed as the next Chief Constable of the British Transport Police. Paul Crowther has been Acting Chief Constable since January while the current Chief Constable, Andy Trotter OBE QPM, has been leading the Strategic Command Course at the College of Policing. Paul is expected to take over… Read more »

London Fire Brigade chooses Babcock to manage its operation-critical fleet

Babcock International Group PLC has been announced as the preferred tenderer on the multi million pound contract to manage London Fire Brigade’s (LFB) fleet.  Following the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority’s (LFEPA) announcement, there will be a mandatory 10 day standstill period before the process can continue to final contract award.  The contract is… Read more »

Airwave launches new mobile communications service

Airwave, the leading mission critical voice and data communications provider, has launched Airwave Smart Mobile, a mobile communications service designed specifically to meet the current and future needs of public service organisations. Operating as a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), the service provides access to one the UK’s largest mobile networks and enables the possibility… Read more »

ACPO publishes Freedom of Information disclosures

Information gleaned from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) under the Freedom of Information Act has now been made available via the ACPO website as part of the association’s continuing work to promote openness and transparency in policing. The website now features a new disclosure log of all responses issued since the organisation came… Read more »

Cumbria PCC launches Chief Constable recruitment

Cumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner, Richard Rhodes, has announced that he has started the recruitment process for a new permanent Chief Constable, which includes a confirmatory hearing with the Police and Crime Panel. Richard Rhodes said, “I am pleased to be starting the search for a permanent new Chief Constable for Cumbria and welcome applications… Read more »

Mercedes-Benz dealer wins £15m ambulance order

Ambulance chiefs covering six counties have embarked on a major upgrade of their frontline fleet in conjunction with East Anglian Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle Dealer Orwell Truck & Van. The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAS) NHS Trust has taken the first deliveries from an order for 147 new vehicles worth some £15m. Based on 5.0-tonne… Read more »

NEC the place to be for blue light PPE

The Professional Clothing Show will be taking place this year at the NEC, Birmingham, from 1-2 April. New features and the new location are injecting a fresh energy to the show, which will feature several suppliers of PPE to the blue light services. Exhibitors include long-term supporter Magnum, which will be displaying a selection of… Read more »

£4.3m shared station opens in the Highlands

A new purpose built ambulance station has been opened in Fort William that is shared with Police Scotland, creating a major new partner-working facility to help keep people safe in the wider West Central Highlands through a range of specialist functions as part of an investment of £4.3m to the area. Co-location between Police Scotland… Read more »

SECAmb trialling electric hybrid vehicle

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is trialling a new electric hybrid vehicle in its A&E fleet. The Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid is currently being trialled by a small group of staff operating out of the Hastings area. SECAmb will be exploring the potential savings in both running costs and its… Read more »