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Government won’t force PCCs to take over fire and rescue services, report reveals
There will be no wholesale takeover of fire and rescue services by Police and Crime Commissioners says the Government as it publishes the long awaited response to its fire reform white paper, 17 months after the consultation closed for comments. More via Emergency Services Times
NFCC welcomes government response to Fire Reform White Paper
The National Fire Chiefs’ Council has welcomed the government’s response to the Fire Reform White Paper.
Mark Hardingham, Chair of the NFCC, said the independent membership association welcomed the new statutory code of ethics and the decision to give operational independence for Chief Fire Officers. More via NFCC
College of Policing releases code of practice for ethical policing
The College of Policing has released a code of practice for ethical policing.
The statutory code is designed to provide chief officers with direction on promoting and supporting ethical and professional behaviour within their forces. More via College of Policing
Radiocoms awarded GMFRS radio upgrade contract
Radiocoms Systems Ltd has been awarded a contract by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service to upgrade its fireground digital two-way radio system as part of its digital transformation plans.
Under the terms of the contract, Radiocoms will deploy the Motorola Solutions MOTOTRBO R7 digital GPS two-way radio selected for its design and ability to address many of the challenges faced by firefighters. More via Emergency Services Times
SCAS announces new improved building for call centre staff in Milton Keynes
South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) has announced its teams moved into their new NHS 111 centre, Partis House, in Milton Keynes, in November 2023.
SCAS says “the new building provides a modern and improved work environment for all who are based there”. More via SCAS
Over 400 robbers arrested during national crackdown
Operation Calibre, the national police campaign to tackle personal robbery, took place in November across England and Wales and saw over 180 wanted robbery offenders arrested during the month.
30 forces across England and Wales took part in the week of action at different times in November which saw 428 people arrested, of which 181 were wanted offenders for personal robbery offences. More via National Police Chiefs’ Council
Fire Brigades Union calls eight days of strike in Merseyside control room
Fire control staff in Merseyside are to take eight consecutive days of strike action from 27 December.
Control staff delivered an overwhelming mandate for strike action in August, with 100% voting Yes on a turnout of 92%. The dispute centres on the imposed reduction in night-time staffing numbers from the agreed level of 6 to 5; and the introduction of a duty shift system that was never subject to negotiation with the Fire Brigades Union (FBU). More via FBU