Mercedes-Benz dealer wins £15m ambulance order

Ambulance chiefs covering six counties have embarked on a major upgrade of their frontline fleet in conjunction with East Anglian Mercedes-Benz commercial vehicle Dealer Orwell Truck & Van. The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAS) NHS Trust has taken the first deliveries from an order for 147 new vehicles worth some £15m. Based on 5.0-tonne… Read more »

NEC the place to be for blue light PPE

The Professional Clothing Show will be taking place this year at the NEC, Birmingham, from 1-2 April. New features and the new location are injecting a fresh energy to the show, which will feature several suppliers of PPE to the blue light services. Exhibitors include long-term supporter Magnum, which will be displaying a selection of… Read more »

£4.3m shared station opens in the Highlands

A new purpose built ambulance station has been opened in Fort William that is shared with Police Scotland, creating a major new partner-working facility to help keep people safe in the wider West Central Highlands through a range of specialist functions as part of an investment of £4.3m to the area. Co-location between Police Scotland… Read more »

SECAmb trialling electric hybrid vehicle

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is trialling a new electric hybrid vehicle in its A&E fleet. The Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid is currently being trialled by a small group of staff operating out of the Hastings area. SECAmb will be exploring the potential savings in both running costs and its… Read more »

Police award for ambulance ‘make ready’ hub

An ambulance preparation and maintenance hub in Birmingham has been presented with an award from West Midlands Police. The ‘Secured by Design’ accreditation was in recognition of its build and layout, designed to reduce the opportunity for crime and anti-social behaviour. It was presented to West Midlands Ambulance Service at its newly-built premises in Hollymoor… Read more »

In-vehicle visor has universal appeal

A unique and simple identification product for unmarked vehicles on official duty, the Univisor is used by organisations worldwide. The device clips onto the vehicle’s sun visor and, when the visor is down, makes the vehicle’s purpose instantly recognisable. The design has now taken a step forward with the advent of the LED Univisor, which… Read more »

Tactical boot range has good support

The Tracerlite ET1006, part of the 8in Tracerlite Tactical Footwear range, provides full ankle support and protection. It features a composite toe and a toe bump cap on the outer; critical in any role where risk demands an extra level of safety protection for both the wearer and the boot. The boot is constructed from… Read more »

New Chief Fire Officer for Gloucestershire

Stewart Edgar from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland joined Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service on 24 February as the county’s new Chief Fire Officer. Stewart’s association with the fire and rescue service began in 1991, when he joined Tayside Fire Brigade as a retained firefighter. He was successful in becoming a full-time firefighter in… Read more »

Airwave launches world-leading location tracking service for public safety organisations

Airwave, the leading mission critical voice and data communications provider, has launched its world-leading location tracking service, Collaborate. For the first time, police forces, fire and rescue services and ambulance trusts will be able to proactively share their GPS location data using a truly scalable and secure national platform without having to install new hardware… Read more »

Global award for Hampshire animal rescue specialist

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Animal Rescue Manager Jim Green, based at Lyndhurst Fire Station, was presented with the Sheri Holmes Memorial Award for Large Animal Rescue Leadership and Excellence at a recent world conference in Adelaide, Australia. Experts at the International Large Animal Rescue Conference recognised Jim’s pioneering work in dealing with incidents involving… Read more »