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QR code from Mercedes-Benz offers extrication aid

With a small yet effective innovation, Mercedes-Benz wants to make the rescue of accident victims safer and swifter. In future a QR code, which can be read by smartphones and tablets, placed on Mercedes-Benz cars, will provide a rescue map for every vehicle type, which can be shown on the device’s display. This chart contains… Read more »

Fleet investment is driving force for EEAST’s future

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) is investing approximately £14m in new emergency ambulances and £2.3m in its response car fleet. The new fleet of ambulances and rapid response cars (RRVS) are to be rolled out across the region as part of a new vehicle replacement programme. EEAST’s Board agreed to a… Read more »

National police coordination centre launched

A new police coordination centre, which will manage policing for civil emergencies and hold a record of officers with relevant special skills has been opened. Damian Green, the Minister for Policing, said the National Police Coordination Centre (NPoCC), which replaces the Police National Information Coordination Centre (PNICC), would be better-placed to respond to emergency situations,… Read more »

Brigade gets FIRED-uP about greener vehicle fleet

London Fire Brigade (LFB) has joined forces with Ghent Fire Brigade in Belgium in a project designed to make both fire and rescue services greener. The FIRED-uP project is looking for innovative ways of reducing the environmental impact of the cities’ frontline fleet of fire engines and other vehicles. Running until June 2015, the project… Read more »

John Redmond named as Shropshire’s Chief Fire Officer

The new Chief Fire Officer of Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service will be John Redmond, the current Deputy Chief Fire officer, who will take over in July from the present Chief Fire Officer, Paul Raymond, who is retiring. Originally from Wallasey on Merseyside, John gained a degree in geography at the University of Hull in 1982. He joined London… Read more »

London’s Air Ambulance to use 4G to enhance service

London’s Air Ambulance has formed a strategic partnership with mobile operator EE to develop new systems that will use 4G technology. The partnership is aimed at enhancing the service provided by the capital’s air ambulance and cutting vital minutes off mission times for the benefit of patients. The service’s trauma team already started using tablet PCs… Read more »

Rescue sled range for extreme water rescue

Firefish Marine, a company that specialises in water rescue, is preparing to launch its new range of products designed for extreme adventure, extreme rescue and extreme access. This Firefish Marine sled series includes the Aquabolt, Phoenix, Wing and Flight, which have been developed for use in open water as well as river rescue situations and… Read more »

Solar panels help drive efficiencies for local ambulance fleet.

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) is the first ambulance service in England to introduce solar panels on to its Rapid Response Vehicles (RRV). SCAS started trialling solar panels in January 2012 and from September 2012 started fitting them on all new RRVs. To date solar panels have been installed on 36 of… Read more »

Babcock awarded fire resilience contract with URENCO

Babcock International Group has been awarded a multi-million pound five-year contract with URENCO, a leading global nuclear fuel business, for the provision of a fire resilience service at its Capenhurst site, located close to Chester. The contract, which started this month, sees Babcock providing 24/7 fire fighting and command and control room services, including responsibility… Read more »

Wristwatch with a dual frequency locator beacon

Breitling has reaffirmed its pioneering role in the field of technical watches and instruments for professionals by creating the very first wristwatch with a built-in personal locator beacon (PLB). The Emergency II is a high-tech gem equipped with a dual frequency transmitter compliant with the specifications of the Cospas-Sarsat international satellite alert system and serving… Read more »