LED torch gets a grip on safety

The new 3315Z0 LED torch is ideal for fire and rescue personnel; it is compact and features a body with ridges for extra grip particularly with gloves. These ridges prevent the torch from slipping out of your hand even in wet conditions. This lightweight torch and has been developed for first responders and industrial safety… Read more »

New vehicles to help tackle environmental incidents

The Environment Agency and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have unveiled two rapid-response vehicles to help tackle pollution incidents across Hampshire. Known as Environmental Protection Units (EPUs), the specially equipped VW Crafter vehicles will attend a variety of pollution incidents, including fuel and chemical spills. They also carry equipment to assist with flooding incidents and… Read more »

Emergency Services Hub opens in Cheshire

Poynton Fire Station has been transformed into a new emergency service’s hub. Firefighters based at the station will be joined by staff from Cheshire Constabulary and North West Ambulance Service in a bid to create a more efficient service. Chief Fire Officer, Paul Hancock, said, “Shared sites such as this bring our people, equipment and… Read more »

Training centre invests in £200,000 scenario simulator

The International Fire Training Centre (IFTC), one of the world’s leading fire training centres based at Durham Tees Valley airport, has invested £200,000 in a Advanced Disaster Management Simulator (ADMS). The Command and Control system is designed for use by airports, industrial centres and port authorities and provides a realistic, interactive and dynamic virtual reality… Read more »

Print goes mobile

Brother has unveiled a new addition to its mobile business printer range with a model that can print from Apple iOS devices through a wireless connection. The compact printer, ideal for mobile workers looking to work productively on the go, can print documents up to A4. Compact and lightweight, the 480g* printer is fully portable… Read more »

Ballyclare Limited acquires Lion firefighter business in the UK

Ballyclare Limited has announced that it has acquired the Lion firefighter business in the UK from the LHD Group. Ballyclare was acquired by David Ross in March 2013. Speaking of Ballyclare’s latest move, Mr Ross said, “This is an important move for Ballyclare. It consolidates our position as a leading provider of firefighter protection in… Read more »

Next Chief Fire Officer for Nottinghamshire confirmed

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue’s new Chief Fire Officer (CFO) will be John Buckley – who will take over from retiring Chief Fire Officer Frank Swann on 1 April 2014. John is the current Deputy Chief Fire Officer and was appointed as the new CFO on 13 December. Chairman of the Fire Authority, Councillor Darrell Pulk… Read more »

Ambulance service appoints new Chief Executive

Dr Anthony Marsh will become Chief Executive of the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) from 1 January 2014. Dr Marsh, who is currently Chief Executive of West Midlands Ambulance Service Foundation Trust (WMAS), is being brought in to accelerate improvement in service delivery and performance and build on the foundations for long-term… Read more »

UK first for two north east fire and rescue services

The UK’s first joint fire and rescue service control mobilising system has gone live in the north east. Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service and Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service began work 18 months ago on a new, more efficient and more resilient fire and rescue service mobilising system. The supplier of the new… Read more »