Personal thermal imaging device targets consumers

FLIR Systems Inc, a world leader in thermal imaging technology, has announced the launch of FLIR ONE™, the first personal thermal imaging device especially targeted at the consumer market. Unveiled at CES 2014, FLIR ONE places powerful thermal imaging technology in the hands of consumers. It is compact, easy-to-use, compatible with the iPhone5 and 5s… Read more »

First Shannon class lifeboat due at Dungeness

The first of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI’s) newest class of lifeboat, the Shannon, will arrive at Dungeness lifeboat station in Kent on Friday 21 February 2014. The Shannon is the first RNLI all-weather lifeboat to be powered by water jets instead of propellers, making it the most agile all-weather lifeboat in the charity’s… Read more »

Home Office’s £20m reward for police innovation

Every police force in England and Wales will receive a share of a £20m Home Office fund for projects aimed at transforming policing. Investment in body-worn cameras, joint working between police and the fire and rescue service and using technology to improve efficiency were three of the key themes emerging from the scheme. Successful funding… Read more »

Derbyshire plans for shared headquarters

Derbyshire Constabulary and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service are working together to look at the possibility of a new, shared headquarters. Plans for the new HQ, which are at an early stage, would be subject to planning permission and would be built on the current police headquarters site in Ripley. Design consultants are currently working… Read more »

Call for more joint training for emergency workers

Blue light emergency workers should take part in more joint training, according to a new report. A survey by Skills for Justice, in partnership with the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP), has highlighted the lack of joint training opportunities are preventing the police, fire and rescue and ambulance services from working together as effectively… Read more »

Blue light services working towards future collaboration

The Chief Fire Officers’ Association (CFOA), the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) and the Association of Police Chief Officers (ACPO) have worked together to agree a number of key principles regarding future collaboration as a professional response to the changing financial climate in order to secure public health, safety and wellbeing. Joint working across… Read more »

Recent dramatic weather highlights value of robust plans and procedures

The St Jude’s Day storms in October, followed in December and January by even more extreme weather conditions, have been described as the worst storms to hit the UK since 1987. A tidal surge greater than the one seen in 1953 together with scenes of devastation, power loss to thousands of homes and damage to… Read more »

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 »