Emergency crews collaborate at Buncefield training exercise

A major emergency training exercise at the BP Hemel oil terminal, Hemel Hempstead, has been declared a huge success by Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service. Exercise Titan, a multi-agency exercise testing the rapid response to an emergency, involved 15 fire crews, including teams from three neighbouring counties, other emergency services, partner agencies and BP staff…. Read more »

Babcock and London Fire Brigade welcome Boris to Beckton

The first of two new multi-million-pound training centres for London’s firefighters, which were designed and developed by their training partner, Babcock, was officially opened by Mayor Boris Johnson on Monday 9 June. The Emergency Services Training Centre at Beckton, and a second venue due to open later this year at Park Royal, mark the biggest… Read more »

New look for London Air Ambulance rapid response cars

London Air Ambulance has unveiled its new fleet of ŠKODA Octavia vRS Estate rapid response cars. The cars operate at night, in adverse weather conditions or as back up in major incidents. Bringing uniformity to the London’s Air Ambulance fleet, the new cars will now sport the same red livery as its iconic helicopter, and… Read more »

Leicestershire police choose Sennheiser for UK’s first wireless 999 centre

Sennheiser, a global leader in premium headset and UC solutions, has been chosen by Leicestershire police to provide hardware for the UK’s first wireless 999 centre, which will now use its DW series of wireless headsets following a continuing review and improvement process to upgrade mission critical equipment. The DW series was recommended by Sennheiser… Read more »

Generous donation to Lowland Rescue search dogs

Lowland Rescue teams have received a generous donation from Sniffer Dogs UK & International (SDUKI), to help towards training and equipment for search dogs. SDUKI is a registered charity, formed in 2011, which raises funding for police and SAR dogs in the UK. SDUKI spokesperson Maggie Gwynne says, “SDUKI was set up in direct response… Read more »

Devon and Cornwall Police embraces paperless policing

Devon and Cornwall Police has announced its partnership with Airwave to implement the company’s Pronto electronic notebook and suite of mobile policing applications. In the upcoming months, officers will be issued Android devices pre-loaded with applications that will give them for the first time remote and mobile access to local and national back-end systems. These… Read more »

Royal visit marks 40th anniversary of Fire Service College

HRH The Princess Royal, Patron of the Firefighters Memorial Trust, marked the 40th anniversary of the Fire Service College by officially opening its new accommodation at a ceremony in Moreton-in-Marsh on Friday 6 June. The new block, named Braidwood House, is in honour of James Braidwood, the founder of the world’s first municipal fire service… Read more »

Partnership working at home in Aston

Ambulance staff have moved in with their fire and rescue service colleagues in Aston, in the West Midlands, marking the start of a new and exciting era of joint partnership working. After more than 60 years of calling Henrietta Street Ambulance Station home, ambulance staff based there moved one and a half miles away into… Read more »

Dorset Police begin rollout of fleet management system

In a major upgrade to its operational, incident analysis and driver training system, Dorset Police will be extending the installation of the Airmax Telematics based fleet management system across the majority of its operational fleet. The Airmax system is an advanced approach to operational fleet management, combining vehicle CANbus and ESCAN data with 1m accuracy… Read more »

Ambulance deliveries ahead of schedule

More than 100 replacement ambulances are now in action across the East of England region – one month ahead of schedule. The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) set out its intentions to purchase new ambulances earlier this year and 120 replacements are now in use. The planned completion of the roll-out was… Read more »