New Chief Fire Officer appointed for Gloucestershire

Wayne Bowcock has been appointed as Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service’s new Chief Fire Officer. Wayne started his career as a firefighter for Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service and has gone on to amass 26 years’ experience in a range of operational and leadership roles. Wayne is currently Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Nottinghamshire Fire… Read more »

New technology fitted to Royal Berkshire’s fire appliances

Royal Berkshire Fire Authority has invested in new tablet devices and software to assist firefighters in providing the best possible response to the people of Royal Berkshire. The Mobile Data Terminals (MDTs) have been fitted in the front of every fire appliance across Berkshire to provide relevant operational intelligence and risk information to crews. The… Read more »

Joint procurement venture saves fire and rescue services thousands

Fire and rescue services in South and West Yorkshire have saved the taxpayer thousands of pounds by working together to buy new rescue equipment to deal with road traffic collisions. A contract of nearly £1.25m has been awarded to Weber Rescue UK for the supply of new battery powered cutting equipment to South Yorkshire Fire… Read more »

North West Ambulance Service announces Daren Mochrie as new Chief Executive

Following the retirement earlier this year of North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) Chief Executive, Derek Cartwright, the trust has announced the appointment of Daren Mochrie, who will be joining NWAS in spring of next year. Daren Mochrie, currently the Chief Executive of South East Coast Ambulance Service, has worked for the NHS since the age… Read more »

Interim CEO appointed for East of England Ambulance Service

Dorothy Hosein (pictured) has joined the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) as its new leader. The new interim CEO started on 1 November and will be in post until a substantive CEO can be appointed. Sarah Boulton, Chair of EEAST, said, “We’re really pleased we have been able to secure Dorothy until… Read more »

First ambulance crews trial body-worn video cameras

The North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) has become the first ambulance service to trial body-worn video cameras. Approximately 40 NEAS frontline staff will be trying out the use of body cameras in a bid to offer them greater support against the rise of incidents of violence and aggression. Alan Gallagher, Head of Risk, said, “The… Read more »

SAR charities awarded funding to save lives

Two national charities who share the same aim of supporting and searching for high-risk missing people have been awarded funding from People’s Postcode Lottery to launch a ground-breaking project, which will save the lives of some of the most vulnerable members of society. Somebody in the UK is reported missing every 90 seconds. Missing People,… Read more »

New police boat launched in Hull

The Yorkshire and The Humber (YaTH) Marine and Underwater Search Unit will be unveiling the newest addition to its fleet this month – a custom-made catamaran that will help transform the way the sea, rivers, lakes and canals around the region are policed. The 10m long Cheetah Marine catamaran has been specially built in the… Read more »

Fire and rescue services sign up to Oscar Kilo for wellbeing expertise

Every fire and rescue service across the UK now has access to Oscar Kilo and the Blue Light Wellbeing Framework via the National Fire Chiefs Council. Originally launched across UK policing last year, Oscar Kilo (OK) provides support and guidance for those responsible for wellbeing in each service, to assist them in developing and building… Read more »

Cyber security focus at next month’s International Security Expo

It is the European Cyber Security Month (ECSM) throughout October and, as part of the International Security Expo’s contribution, cyber themes will be running through this event, which takes place in London at Olympia from 28-29 November 2018. The International Security Expo is free to attend and packed with content. ECSM is an awareness campaign… Read more »