Networked Fire Control Services Partnership selects Capita’s technology for collaborative command and control approach

Capita’s communications and control solutions business has secured an eight-year contract to provide a new communication and command and control centre system to four fire and rescue services. This is the first collaborative partnership of its kind and comprises Wiltshire, Hampshire, Dorset and Devon and Somerset fire and rescue services – all members of the… Read more »

Blue Watch is the new name in fire and home safety

Capita plc has announced the launch of Blue Watch, a new fire and home safety scheme, supported by the UK’s fire and rescue services (FRS). Capita has signed a seven year contract, with an option to extend for a further three years, with CFOA Services Ltd (CSL) – a trading company of the Chief Fire… Read more »

IAA expands across the UK

The Independent Ambulance Association (IAA), the leading trade organisation for private ambulance companies regulated by the Care Quality Commission in England, has announced that it is expanding its geographic reach across the United Kingdom. A special category of associate membership has been established that will be offered to a limited number of companies in Wales,… Read more »

WRVS becomes Royal Voluntary Service

To mark the 75th anniversary of the Women’s Voluntary Services, WRVS has dropped the W from its name and has relaunched as the Royal Voluntary Service. The decision to change its name comes as the charity recognises the need to meet the demands of an ageing population and to be more visible to men as… Read more »

QR code from Mercedes-Benz offers extrication aid

With a small yet effective innovation, Mercedes-Benz wants to make the rescue of accident victims safer and swifter. In future a QR code, which can be read by smartphones and tablets, placed on Mercedes-Benz cars, will provide a rescue map for every vehicle type, which can be shown on the device’s display. This chart contains… Read more »

Fleet investment is driving force for EEAST’s future

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) is investing approximately £14m in new emergency ambulances and £2.3m in its response car fleet. The new fleet of ambulances and rapid response cars (RRVS) are to be rolled out across the region as part of a new vehicle replacement programme. EEAST’s Board agreed to a… Read more »

National police coordination centre launched

A new police coordination centre, which will manage policing for civil emergencies and hold a record of officers with relevant special skills has been opened. Damian Green, the Minister for Policing, said the National Police Coordination Centre (NPoCC), which replaces the Police National Information Coordination Centre (PNICC), would be better-placed to respond to emergency situations,… Read more »

Brigade gets FIRED-uP about greener vehicle fleet

London Fire Brigade (LFB) has joined forces with Ghent Fire Brigade in Belgium in a project designed to make both fire and rescue services greener. The FIRED-uP project is looking for innovative ways of reducing the environmental impact of the cities’ frontline fleet of fire engines and other vehicles. Running until June 2015, the project… Read more »

John Redmond named as Shropshire’s Chief Fire Officer

The new Chief Fire Officer of Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service will be John Redmond, the current Deputy Chief Fire officer, who will take over in July from the present Chief Fire Officer, Paul Raymond, who is retiring. Originally from Wallasey on Merseyside, John gained a degree in geography at the University of Hull in 1982. He joined London… Read more »

London’s Air Ambulance to use 4G to enhance service

London’s Air Ambulance has formed a strategic partnership with mobile operator EE to develop new systems that will use 4G technology. The partnership is aimed at enhancing the service provided by the capital’s air ambulance and cutting vital minutes off mission times for the benefit of patients. The service’s trauma team already started using tablet PCs… Read more »