Justin Johnson named as Lancashire’s new Chief Fire Officer

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Justin Johnston (right) has been appointed as Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s next Chief Fire Officer. Justin will officially take over on 1 May 2019 when the existing Chief Fire Officer, Chris Kenny, retires. Justin joined Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service in October 2012 as Deputy Chief Fire Officer from Cumbria… Read more »

Lightweight glove with heavyweight protection

Oxford Safety, a leading company designing and manufacturing PPE and workwear for superior performance, has seen significant orders from fire and rescue services (FRSs) for its dexterous but extremely tough extrication glove that better protects rescue crews and fire investigation officers from torn metal and other sharp surfaces. This glove was designed by Oxford Safety… Read more »

Respond with your command and control centre in tow

K2 Off Road Caravan Specialist Limited has developed a unique off-road chassis to use with many platforms in mind. The unit has multiple uses, such as first aid, major incident command centre and welfare unit, for emergency services around the world, including police, ambulance, fire and rescue, coastguard, mountain rescue, military and security services, to… Read more »

Drone expert named as Lowland Rescue’s new Air Services Director

Lowland Rescue has appointed Gemma Alcock (right) as its new Air Services Director. Gemma is a member of Dorset Search and Rescue, as well as Founder and CEO of SkyBound Rescuer. Gemma is recognised as an international expert on the subject of search and rescue drone technology, speaking at conferences across the US, Europe, and… Read more »

North Wales Police appoints its first female Assistant Chief Constable

North Wales Police has appointed Sacha Hatchett (right) as its new Assistant Chief Constable in charge of crime and operations. Sacha, who has been Temporary Assistant Chief Constable at Cheshire Constabulary, will be returning to North Wales as its  first female ACC. She said, “I am immensely proud to be the first female chief officer… Read more »

App provides carers with an interactive post falls assessment tool

A free interactive post falls assessment tool devised by the West Midlands Ambulance Service has officially launched and is now available to download on both iOS and Android devices. The new App has been launched to support carers and care assistants to be able to assess fallen residents and to make the informed decisions whether… Read more »

Electronic patient record system launches for SCAS’ private provider partners

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) and Doc-works, a systems integration and software specialist company based in Buckinghamshire, have announced the launch of an integrated electronic patient record (ePCR) system to all of SCAS’ approved private providers. The first private provider to go live with the new ePCR system is Jigsaw Medical Services… Read more »

Three words that could save your life

British technology company what3words has announced the rollout of its innovative location technology to a number of emergency services across the UK. After successful piloting, Avon and Somerset Police, West Yorkshire Police, Humberside Police, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire fire and rescue services and the British Transport Police are rolling out what3words to respond to incidents… Read more »

Visitor registration now open for The Emergency Services Show

Visitor registration is now open for The Emergency Services Show 2019, which takes place this year from 18-19 September at the NEC, Birmingham. The UK’s largest exhibition for all emergency services, the show this year will focus on how emerging technologies are improving the efficiency and operational effectiveness of emergency response. It will offer visitors… Read more »

From volunteer to Chief Executive: Mark Dowie to lead the RNLI

The RNLI Board of Trustees has appointed Mark Dowie as the new Chief Executive of the RNLI. The current Chief Executive, Paul Boissier, who has been in post since 2009, is retiring and will hand over to Mark, on 15 May. Mark Dowie is currently the Lifeboat Operations Manager at Salcombe RNLI in Devon, a… Read more »