Emergency services support body worn video survey reveals

A recent* survey of emergency services professionals in the police and paramedic services, conducted on behalf of The Emergency Services Show (NEC, 24-25 September 2014) has shown strong approval of the use of body worn video cameras and a belief that they offer tangible benefits both to users and to the public. 92{b782e6485bad54f4d4eef610261c499b39e6ceae36370d8b5dbb547d38ca2d22} of police… Read more »

London Fire Commissioner resigns after 35 years service

The Chief Fire Officer of the London Fire Brigade, Ron Dobson has announced his resignation from the position of London Fire Commissioner. In a letter to the Chairman of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority the Commissioner said, “This has been an incredibly difficult decision for me to reach because it has been an… Read more »

Primetech sponsors extrication training vehicle

An innovative passenger extrication training vehicle, which helps emergency crews learn how to deal with safety systems such as airbags and side impact safety systems, is being sponsored by Primetech and Operation Florian, along with Toyota. The vehicle will be used for live demonstrations on the Primetech stand (G70) at The Emergency Services Show next… Read more »

Wales lead the way in collaborative training

The emergency services in Wales are leading the way in public safety after members of the fire and rescue, police and ambulance services have exceeded expectations by completing the combined Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP) team training three months ahead of schedule. The JESIP programme was developed following large scale and complex incidents, including… Read more »

YAS says YES to solar powered ambulances

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust (YAS) has been awarded a grant from the Department for Transport Clean Vehicle Technology Fund to install solar panels on emergency vehicles across the region. The trust was awarded £166,000 to fit the equipment on 175 of its rapid response vehicles (RRVs) as part of a Government initiative to reduce… Read more »

New Chief Officer for Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

A new Chief Officer has been appointed to lead Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service from the start of next year. Dave Curry (right) will take over from current Chief John Bonney, who is stepping down from his role after a decade in the top job. Mr Curry, the current Deputy Chief Officer, will formally take… Read more »

The Shard becomes home to Europe’s highest defibrillator

Visitors to the top of Western Europe’s tallest building – The View from The Shard – are now benefiting from London Ambulance Service’s Shockingly Easy campaign, which is seeing more defibrillators placed in public places and businesses across London. A defibrillator has been installed within The View at the top of the Shard, over 240m… Read more »

CFOA welcomes Peter Dartford as new President

The Chief Fire Officers’ Association (CFOA) has announced the appointment of Peter Dartford QFSM as CFOA President for 2014-15. Peter, Chief Fire Officer of Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service, was inaugurated as President at the association’s annual general meeting on 15 September 2014. CFOA also welcomed new Vice President Elect, Dave Etheridge, Chief Fire Officer… Read more »

Greater Manchester a ‘Role Model for Total Resilience’

Greater Manchester has been recognised as a ‘Role Model for Total Resilience’ because of its focus on implementing the campaign’s entire 10-point checklist for building resilience to disasters. Margareta Wahlström, the Head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), welcomed the region’s 10 local authorities who have signed up to take part in… Read more »

Sussex appoints new Deputy Chief Constable

Olivia Pinkney (right) has been appointed as the new Deputy Chief Constable of Sussex Police. Olivia has worked in Sussex since 2009 when she joined as Assistant Chief Constable and has worked in policing since 1991 when she joined Avon and Somerset Constabulary, where her roles included police commander for Bath and Head of Special… Read more »