SAR charities awarded funding to save lives

Two national charities who share the same aim of supporting and searching for high-risk missing people have been awarded funding from People’s Postcode Lottery to launch a ground-breaking project, which will save the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of society. Somebody in the UK is reported missing every 90 seconds. Missing People,… Read more »

New police boat launched in Hull

The Yorkshire and The Humber (YaTH) Marine and Underwater Search Unit will be unveiling the newest addition to its fleet this month – a custom-made catamaran that will help transform the way the sea, rivers, lakes and canals around the region are policed. The 10m long Cheetah Marine catamaran has been specially built in the… Read more »

Fire and rescue services sign up to Oscar Kilo for wellbeing expertise

Every fire and rescue service across the UK now has access to Oscar Kilo and the Blue Light Wellbeing Framework via the National Fire Chiefs Council. Originally launched across UK policing last year, Oscar Kilo (OK) provides support and guidance for those responsible for wellbeing in each service, to assist them in developing and building… Read more »

Cyber security focus at next month’s International Security Expo

It is the European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) throughout October and, as part of the International Security Expo’s contribution, cyber themes will be running through this event, which takes place in London at Olympia from 28-29 November 2018. The International Security Expo is free to attend and packed with content. ECSM is an awareness campaign… Read more »

SCAS and LAS announce new partnership

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) and London Ambulance Service NHS Trust (LAS) have established a partnership to look at potential efficiencies through projects like joint procurement of vehicles, equipment and IT systems. The two trusts, which provide 999/111 urgent and emergency care services for about 16 million people between them, are also… Read more »

WMAS set to become first University NHS Foundation Trust in the country

For over a decade, all paramedics in the West Midlands have been educated and trained at university; the trust also undertakes world-leading research with a number of universities; so it is perhaps fitting that West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) is set to become the first ambulance University NHS Foundation Trust in the country. In a… Read more »

Joint hub unites services in Barry

An emergency service hub, which will unite firefighters and ambulance crew as one team under one roof has been unveiled in Barry, South Wales. The Barry Emergency Services Station has been more than two years in the planning and sees the spacious Barry Fire Station transformed into a collaborative home for both services. Championed by… Read more »

New kit for Yorkshire Ambulance Service BASICS doctors

A team of volunteer doctors who attend serious incidents have been kitted up with new protective clothing, thanks to funding from Yorkshire Ambulance Service Charity. The doctors are part of the British Association for Immediate Care (BASICS) and make themselves available to respond to emergencies on behalf of Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) at… Read more »

Police and fire teams join forces in collaboration milestone

South Yorkshire safety teams have joined forces, in an ambitious fire and police collaboration project. The joint community safety department brings together staff from South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue and South Yorkshire Police to work together with the shared aim of keeping people safe. The leadership within each service believe the joint department will make… Read more »

Jail time to double for assaulting an emergency worker

Individuals who assault or attack emergency workers face longer jail terms under a new law backed by government, which received Royal Assent on 13 September. A new offence will double the maximum sentence from six to 12 months in prison for assaulting an emergency worker. This covers police, prison officers, custody officers, fire and rescue… Read more »