Drone alliance sets new standard for police drones with Centrik

The Alliance Drone Team, one of the UK’s largest police unmanned aviation systems (UAS) programmes, has been able to expand and effectively manage operations covering almost 5000 square miles, thanks to Centrik. The operational management system – the only one of its type approved by Regulators to manage both manned and unmanned operations – has… Read more »

Humberside FRS takes delivery of the UK’s first Scania L-series fire appliance

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service has become the first UK fire and rescue authority to introduce a new generation Scania L-series fire appliance into service. Equipped with Scania’s all-new low entry cab, the vehicle carries an aerial ladder platform (ALP), which at 45m is the joint highest in the country. To achieve Humberside’s overall on-road… Read more »

Ambulance service trials body worn cameras to protect staff

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) has agreed to trial body worn video cameras to better protect its ambulance crews against violence and aggression. Crews in Exeter, Plymouth and Bristol will wear the cameras during the three-month trial, which started this month. The use of cameras is intended to deter abuse and obtain… Read more »

Home Office announces £10m for Taser uplift

The Home Office is giving police forces £10m in additional funding to significantly increase the number of officers carrying Taser. The ring-fenced funding could mean over 10,000 more police officers in England and Wales will be able to carry the devices to help protect themselves and the public from harm. Home Secretary Priti Patel said,… Read more »

LEADER GROUP acquires WASP emergency safety monitoring device

Matt Keogh, a former Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue firefighter and member of the UKISAR team, created the WASP, or Warning Alarm for Stability Protection, specifically to protect urban search and rescue (USAR) colleagues during daring earthquake rescues. Since launch, in 2016, the WASP has been exported to 17 countries around the world and received… Read more »

Northern Ireland FRS and Samaritans working together to protect those most at risk

Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) and Samaritans have signed a partnership agreement to allow them to work together to protect those most at risk in the community. This is the 93rd partnership agreement NIFRS has signed with partner agencies focused on supporting ‘People at Risk’ within the community. The agreement has been signed… Read more »

Nottinghamshire Police officers receive lifesaving medical training

All frontline officers from Nottinghamshire Police are being given additional lifesaving medical training to deal with serious injuries. It includes training on how to use tourniquets and packing wounds to stop major bleeds and could help prevent fatalities in the vital minutes while paramedics are on their way. The force has also invested in 300… Read more »

Wayne Brown joins West Midlands Fire Service as Deputy CFO

West Midlands Fire and Rescue Authority has appointed Wayne Brown as West Midlands Fire Service’s (WMFS’s) new Deputy Chief Fire Officer (DCFO). Wayne will join WMFS from London Fire Brigade (LFB) and is in his 28th year of service. A vastly experienced strategic manager, he is also an experienced ‘gold’ incident commander and has attended… Read more »

‘Can do’ DCC to join Gwent Police in November

A new Deputy Chief Constable (DCC) will start her new role in Gwent Police on 1 November, joining Chief Constable Pam Kelly, Assistant Chief Constable Jon Edwards and Assistant Chief Officer (Resources), Nigel Stephens in the Chief Officer Team at Gwent Police. Amanda Blakeman, who has previously served in West Mercia Police, was successful in… Read more »

New Chair appointed for East of England Ambulance Service

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) has appointed Nicola Scrivings as the new Chair of its Board, to succeed Interim Chair, Nigel Beverley, who has been with the trust since July 2019. Nicola Scrivings joins EEAST from Cambridgeshire Community Services (CCS) NHS Trust, where she has been the Chair since January 2015…. Read more »