HMIC becomes single inspectorate for policing and fire and rescue services

The Home Office has agreed that Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) undergoes a major expansion to take on the role of inspectorate of fire and rescue authorities in England. The inspectorate will help support the continuous improvement of this critical public service and support fire and rescue authorities to become even more effective. It… Read more »

Department of Health selects Frequentis control room software

The Department of Health has selected the Frequentis 3020 LifeX integration platform as a replacement for the current Integrated Command and Control System (ICCS). The Control Room Software (CRS) project required a new approach to the provision of radio dispatch for the UK ambulance service using a cloud-based model. The system will enable the ambulance… Read more »

New Chief Fire Officer for Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service announced

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service has confirmed the appointment of Steve Healey as Chief Fire Officer for Cumbria County Council. Steve is currently Deputy Chief Fire Officer, with over 20 years experience working within Cumbria County Council’s fire and rescue service. Commenting on his appointment, Steve said, “I am delighted to have been appointed as… Read more »

Major new order highlights quality of Ballyclare’s Xenon firefighter PPE

Workwear manufacturer Ballyclare Limited has announced details of a major new order to supply its Xenon fire fighting garments. The deal will see Ballyclare provide up to 4300 Xenon multi-function firefighter rescue jackets to North West fire and rescue services, which represents fire fighting services in Lancashire, Cumbria and Cheshire. “This is a great step… Read more »

Life-saving defibrillators rolled out across London thanks to emergency services partnership

An initiative led by London Ambulance Service and Metropolitan Police Service, which sees defibrillators added to over 700 police response vehicles and police stations across the capital, began rolling out on 10 July. The life-saving equipment will allow police officers to respond to life-threatening emergencies alongside ambulance crews and see even more public access defibrillators… Read more »

Royal Berkshire’s first community tri-service station opens

Hungerford Community Fire Station has officially opened following a major refurbishment, which began in November 2016. The refurbishment has not only delivered a modern, fit-for-purpose fire station, but it has also delivered Royal Berkshire’s first community tri-service station, providing shared facilities for Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS), Thames Valley Police (TVP) and South… Read more »