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‘Substantial and rapid progress’ as government provides national resilience update
One year on from the publication of the National Resilience Framework, Oliver Dowden MP, the Deputy Prime Minister and Cabinet Minister with responsibility for risk and resilience presented the Government’s first year implementation update setting out a range of changes made during 2023. More via Emergency Services Times
IFE appoints new technical director
The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) has appointed Paul Trew as its new technical director.
Paul’s remit will involve working closely with similar organisations and institutions worldwide, whilst also acting as liaison for global professional registration. More via IFE
Trafford Centre to get its own police station
The Trafford Centre is to get its own police station amid a spike in shoplifters, fraudsters and car thieves.
The owners of the huge shopping mall are paying GMP for a permanent on-site presence, including one inspector, one sergeant and six police constables. More via Manchester Evening News
New app launches to transform fire mandatory safety training in the NHS
An innovative new fire safety app has launched with the aim of transforming fire safety mandatory training for NHS staff through extended reality (XR).
The app shows users how to fight fire on hospital wards and healthcare settings through a range of scenarios, including sequencing of evacuation, selection of extinguishers and which door to open. More via Emergency Services Times
ECFRS and EEAST partner on falls initiative
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service (ECFRS) has joined up with East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) to help vulnerable people who have fallen in their homes.
The partnership is a 12-month pilot which will see four Community Wellbeing Officers work across Essex responding to calls from people who have fallen in their homes. More via ECFRS
Police Scotland launches voluntary redundancy scheme
Fears have been raised for frontline policing after Police Scotland announced a voluntary redundancy process for staff, which was approved at the Scottish Police Authority (SPA) Board last week.
Staff seeking either voluntary redundancy or voluntary early retirement will be able to apply from January 8 until February 9. More via The Herald
Redbridge Council brings Police Hub to Woodford
Redbridge Council, in partnership with the Metropolitan Police, is delivering a ground-breaking new Police Hub in Woodford, bringing police back into local communities.
The new Woodford Police Hub will be home to at least 20 police officers working in partnership with council staff and Redbridge Housing Officers to prevent antisocial behaviour and support local people across the west of Redbridge. More via Redbridge Council
Fire service’s staffing shake-up necessary – fire chief
Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service’s chief fire officer has said proposed changes to the service, including staffing levels, are necessary.
Ben Brook said the changes were about putting resources where and when they were most needed. More via BBC News