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Hampshire FRS national champions at UK Rescue Challenge

After battling against 36 other teams in road traffic collision scenarios, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has been crowned National Extrication Champions at the UK Rescue Challenge. More than 400 people flocked to see the spectacle involving hundreds of firefighters competing in a range of skill areas, in a specially constructed area near the BT… Read more »

Exmoor 30:30: do you have what it takes?

Emergency services personnel are being encouraged to sign up for a tough and rugged endurance race covering 30 miles or 30km while carrying 30lbs on your back. The challenging Exmoor 30:30 moors race will take place on 14 September 2013. Teams from far and wide are invited to see if they can cover the course… Read more »

MedTrade launches Celox™ Rapid – the fastest acting battlefield haemostat

MedTrade Products Ltd, developer of a range of advanced wound care products, has announced the European launch of Celox™ Rapid. The fastest haemostat on the market, Celox™ Rapid has been developed with unique, patented technology, in response to the real needs of battlefield medics and sets a new standard for haemostatic agents/control. In combat scenarios,… Read more »

Cartwright secures major ambulance order with YAS

Leading UK manufacturer Cartwright has secured a major order to manufacture 21 A&E ambulances from its Taurus Range for Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS). It is the first major ambulance order for South Manchester based Cartwright, which has recently been accredited as an approved manufacturer to supply ambulances to the NHS. The YAS order is for frontline A&E ambulances and is based upon… Read more »

Networked Fire Control Services Partnership selects Capita’s technology for collaborative command and control approach

Capita’s communications and control solutions business has secured an eight-year contract to provide a new communication and command and control centre system to four fire and rescue services. This is the first collaborative partnership of its kind and comprises Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset and Devon and Somerset fire and rescue services – all members of the… Read more »

Blue Watch is the new name in fire and home safety

Capita plc has announced the launch of Blue Watch, a new fire and home safety scheme, supported by the UK’s fire and rescue services (FRS). Capita has signed a seven year contract, with an option to extend for a further three years, with CFOA Services Ltd (CSL) – a trading company of the Chief Fire… Read more »

IAA expands across the UK

The Independent Ambulance Association (IAA), the leading trade organisation for private ambulance companies regulated by the Care Quality Commission in England, has announced that it is expanding its geographic reach across the United Kingdom. A special category of associate membership has been established that will be offered to a limited number of companies in Wales,… Read more »

WRVS becomes Royal Voluntary Service

To mark the 75th anniversary of the Women’s Voluntary Services, WRVS has dropped the W from its name and has relaunched as the Royal Voluntary Service. The decision to change its name comes as the charity recognises the need to meet the demands of an ageing population and to be more visible to men as… Read more »

QR code from Mercedes-Benz offers extrication aid

With a small yet effective innovation, Mercedes-Benz wants to make the rescue of accident victims safer and swifter. In future a QR code, which can be read by smartphones and tablets, placed on Mercedes-Benz cars, will provide a rescue map for every vehicle type, which can be shown on the device’s display. This chart contains… Read more »