Review calls for major reform of the Police Federation

The Royal Society of Arts (RSA) published its final report on its Independent Review of the Police Federation of England and Wales this week. Based on the evidence it received, the Review Panel sets out the case for fundamental reform of the Federation’s culture, behaviours, structures and organisation, with the aim of making the Police… Read more »

Mountain Rescue England and Wales appoints new Chair

Mountain Rescue England and Wales has announced that Mike France (right) will take over from David Allan as national Chairman from May 2014. Mike joined his local team, Woodhead MRT in the Peak District, at the age of 18 and has been involved in MREW on a national level for 17 years, most recently as… Read more »

Vehicle conspicuity system with extended performance life

A special high-visibility system designed to make the emergency services stand out from the crowd is now guaranteed to stand the test of time too. Rennicks UK utilised the latest technology to develop a conspicuity material offering top-grade visibility. The system – comprising Nikkalite® Flexible Crystal Grade Microprismatic sheeting – was first launched last year…. Read more »

LED torch gets a grip on safety

The new 3315Z0 LED torch is ideal for fire and rescue personnel; it is compact and features a body with ridges for extra grip particularly with gloves. These ridges prevent the torch from slipping out of your hand even in wet conditions. This lightweight torch and has been developed for first responders and industrial safety… Read more »

New vehicles to help tackle environmental incidents

The Environment Agency and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have unveiled two rapid-response vehicles to help tackle pollution incidents across Hampshire. Known as Environmental Protection Units (EPUs), the specially equipped VW Crafter vehicles will attend a variety of pollution incidents, including fuel and chemical spills. They also carry equipment to assist with flooding incidents and… Read more »

Emergency Services Hub opens in Cheshire

Poynton Fire Station has been transformed into a new emergency service’s hub. Firefighters based at the station will be joined by staff from Cheshire Constabulary and North West Ambulance Service in a bid to create a more efficient service. Chief Fire Officer, Paul Hancock, said, “Shared sites such as this bring our people, equipment and… Read more »

Training centre invests in £200,000 scenario simulator

The International Fire Training Centre (IFTC), one of the world’s leading fire training centres based at Durham Tees Valley airport, has invested £200,000 in a Advanced Disaster Management Simulator (ADMS). The Command and Control system is designed for use by airports, industrial centres and port authorities and provides a realistic, interactive and dynamic virtual reality… Read more »

Print goes mobile

Brother has unveiled a new addition to its mobile business printer range with a model that can print from Apple iOS devices through a wireless connection. The compact printer, ideal for mobile workers looking to work productively on the go, can print documents up to A4. Compact and lightweight, the 480g* printer is fully portable… Read more »

Ballyclare Limited acquires Lion firefighter business in the UK

Ballyclare Limited has announced that it has acquired the Lion firefighter business in the UK from the LHD Group. Ballyclare was acquired by David Ross in March 2013. Speaking of Ballyclare’s latest move, Mr Ross said, “This is an important move for Ballyclare. It consolidates our position as a leading provider of firefighter protection in… Read more »