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Efficiency drive sees Police Scotland consulting on rationalising its estate
Closing down police stations and other police buildings as well as co-locating with other partners form part of a new consultation exercise launched by Police Scotland. This is one element of the force’s estate strategy and is set out in the newly launched ‘national conversation’ about its estate. More via Emergency Services Times
FBU celebrates as fire authority rejects plan to downgrade fire stations
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has celebrated North Wales Fire and Rescue Authority’s decision to scrap plans to downgrade two fire stations in North Wales.
Rhyl and Deeside fire stations both faced being closed at night under cuts to North Wales Fire and Rescue Service. More via FBU
CNC rises eight places in inclusive employer list
The Civil Nuclear Constabulary (CNC) has risen eight places in this year’s Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers List, which ranks the UK’s best employers when it comes to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI).
Despite being relatively new, the CNC EDI team’s hard work was recognised by Inclusive Companies, finishing in 51st place this year. More via Emergency Services Times
Fallen police officers honoured at Parliament
A number of families of officers who had died in the line of duty were recently invited to the Palace of Westminster to receive a leaf cut from the UK Police Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.
Each leaf cut from the memorial itself was inscribed with the officer’s personal details and the tribute ‘in recognition of their courage and sacrifice’. More via Police Federation of England & Wales
New measures to better protect vulnerable customers agreed with Telecoms firms
The most vulnerable people across England will be better protected following agreement with the telecoms industry to introduce new measures when upgrading phone lines to a digital network.
Telecoms providers have now signed a Charter committing to concrete measures to protect vulnerable households, particularly those using personal alarms, known as telecare. More via Department for Science, Innovation and Technology
Welsh ambulance staff forced to ‘book taxis’ for patients when there’s ‘no other option’
A chronic shortage of available ambulances has left staff forced to book taxis to take suspected stroke or heart patients to hospitals. Overstretched Welsh Ambulance Service staff are having to come up with creative solutions to plug the gap caused by crews being stuck outside full North Wales A&E departments. More via North Wales Live