City of London Police deploys Panasonic Toughpad technology

When the City of London Police force wanted to deploy mobile technology to help officers spend more time with the public and reduce time-consuming administration and costs it turned to Panasonic and its rugged FZ-M1 Toughpad tablets. After a series of pilot tests with different teams from the police force, the Panasonic Toughpad FZ-M1 tablets… Read more »

Information sharing: a state of the nation survey

The Centre of Excellence for Information Sharing is focused on finding ways to improve the sharing of information to enable better outcomes for service users – mainly in the public sector. It is launching an annual state of the nation survey for the public service to gather and track your thoughts, opinions and beliefs about… Read more »

London Fire Brigade trials solution for solar panel fires

London Fire Brigade is the first fire and rescue service in the world to trial a specially designed light blocking coating to tackle emergencies involving solar panels. Incidents such as fire, floods and collapsed buildings, involving solar panels, are especially dangerous as it’s very difficult to isolate the electrical current they generate if they are… Read more »

Caledonian Truck and Van clinches contract to support Scottish Ambulance Service

The people of Scotland are assured of safe and reliable transport when they need it most, following the introduction this year of more than 150 new Mercedes-Benz ambulances. Sprinter models bearing the famous three-pointed star now account for well over half of the Scottish Ambulance Service fleet. Supplied by Caledonian Truck & Van, the latest… Read more »

Communication upgrade for Mountain Rescue England and Wales

Simoco Wireless Solutions has been chosen to supply Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) Tier II equipment across England and Wales’ mountain rescue service. Mountain Rescue England and Wales (MREW) comprises 48 teams of volunteers, operating across diverse geographies to help people who have encountered difficulties in the outdoors, particularly walkers and climbers but also assisting partner… Read more »

New fire and police station in Maltby goes live

South Yorkshire’s only joint fire and police station has gone operational for the first time. Firefighters have started attending 999 calls from the station in Maltby, Rotherham after work to modify the existing police station on Byford Road to accommodate fire and rescue service vehicles and staff was completed in September. The old fire station… Read more »

Coastguards move in to community fire station

Redcar Coastguard Rescue Team is the first in the North East to share a base with firefighters. They have been formally welcomed to Redcar Community Fire Station by Ian Hayton, Chief Fire Officer, Cleveland Fire Brigade and since moving in earlier this year have already attended nearly 50 incidents. These have ranged from people floating… Read more »

Neil Odin named as fire chief of Hampshire and Isle of Wight FRSs

A new chief officer has been appointed to lead Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service (IWFRS) from the start of next year. Neil Odin will take over from current Chief Dave Curry, who is stepping down from his role after a decade with the service. Neil will formally… Read more »