‘Basket of goods’ exercise reveals police savings on equipment costs

The Home Office has published the third ‘basket of goods’ data set allowing the public to compare what each police force spends on common items to ensure best value for money. With Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) spending almost a quarter of their overall budgets on goods and services with third-party suppliers, the exercise highlights… Read more »

Yorkshire Care Equipment give emergency services a lift

Family-run company Yorkshire Care Equipment has supplied over 50 Raizer emergency lifting chairs to emergency services across the North of England, reducing the time and effort it takes to lift a fallen person back to their feet. The Raizer is providing a new and dignified way to get people back on their feet wherever possible…. Read more »

Unique mental health video ‘a must-see’

A new fire video from Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has been setting social media alight. The footage features Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service firefighters and officers talking about mental health, exploding myths and attempting to remove the stigma. It has been backed by The Samaritans and The Fire Fighters Charity and seen by more… Read more »

Government announces new standards for fire and rescue services across England

A new Fire Standards Board (FSB) will be overseeing and commissioning professional standards for fire and rescue services across England. Addressing the Local Government Association’s Fire Commission on 22 May, the Minister for Policing and the Fire Service, Nick Hurd, announced a new approach to improve professional standards for fire and rescue services across England…. Read more »

Cheshire services join forces to launch UAV project

Cheshire Constabulary and Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service have joined forces to fund an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), which will be used to assist with police enquiries and fire incidents during a six-month trial period. Three police officers and three firefighters have been trained and accredited to the CAA standards to pilot the drone, which… Read more »

New Fire Chief announced for Cheshire

Cheshire Fire Authority has confirmed the appointment of a new head of Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service. Mark Cashin, currently Cheshire’s Deputy Chief Fire Officer, was selected to become the service’s new Chief Fire Officer and Chief Executive after an interview panel and subsequent Member confirmation at a meeting of Cheshire Fire Authority on 22… Read more »

North West Ambulance Service brings surgical cricothyroidotomy to paramedic practice

Consultant Paramedic Steve Bell.

The North West Ambulance Service’s advanced and consultant paramedics are performing a procedure previously restricted to the remit of doctors. Surgical cricothyroidotomy was introduced into the scope of practice of NWAS’ advanced and consultant paramedics in 2011 as an emergency airway management intervention for otherwise unmanageable patient airways resulting from traumatic or medical aetiologies. A… Read more »

Trauma pack training for officers in the City

The City of London Police has expanded an innovative scheme that will introduce emergency trauma pack training to police officers in the Square Mile. Sixty officers in total from the City of London Police will be trained to use the kits, which will be stored at various locations across the City. Each pack is filled… Read more »

JESIP team launches new training film

The services of production company CTN/Embolden (the team behind the Run Hide Tell video) have been used to produce a new JESIP training film, which is aimed at telling the lifecycle of an incident from receipt of a call all the way through to entries being made on the JOL Online system. Obviously, the key… Read more »

Respected pre-hospital leader joins Welsh Flying Medics

A well-regarded clinician and leader in pre-hospital medicine has taken charge of Wales’ flying medics service. Professor David Lockey has begun his role as National Director of EMRTS Cymru, the Emergency Medical Retrieval and Transfer Service, also known as the ‘Welsh Flying Medics’. The service provides consultant-delivered innovative pre-hospital critical care across Wales, by air… Read more »