Every morning, Emergency Services Times combs a significant list of sources to bring you the sector’s freshest news stories. Compiled into a single article, this daily news digest is an easy, single point of reference for emergency services news, saving you the time and effort of searching yourself. Don’t forget to bookmark this page and check back daily to stay abreast of the latest goings on in the emergency services sector.
Fire chief ‘profoundly sorry’ as damning South Wales culture review is published
South Wales Fire and Rescue service’s Chief Fire Officer, Huw Jakeway, has confirmed he is to retire and leave his successor to manage the fall out from a report that finds the service has a “patriarchal mentality” with “sexist and misogynistic behaviours”.
Fenella Morris KC was commissioned in February 2023 to carry out a wide ranging review of the service after the media reported bullying and harassment in the service. More via Emergency Services Times
Iconic Shipping Forecast turns 100
It was one hundred years ago, on 1 January 1924, that the very first clipped, British tones were heard delivering a weather bulletin called Weather Shipping.
Today, the Shipping Forecast remains quintessentially British and symbolic of a nation steeped in maritime tradition. More via HM Coastguard
Lancashire Police Chief Constable Chris Rowley announces his retirement
After more than 31 years in policing, the Chief Constable of Lancashire police Chris Rowley has announced his intention to retire from policing at the end of March 2024.
Mr Rowley joined Lancashire Constabulary in April 2021 on promotion from Humberside Police, having spent all of his previous career in West Yorkshire. More via Lancashire Constabulary
South East Coast Ambulance Trust appoints new Chairman
South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) has appointed a new Chairman, Usman Awais Khan, who will join the team in May 2024. This follows the decision of previous Chairman, David Astley stepping down after his three-year term. More via Emergency Services Times
Can private ambulances ease pressure in Wales?
The health service in Wales heads into 2024 under pressure – with the ambulance service firmly on the frontline. But can the private sector step in to ease the burden?
Small start-up firm Môn Medics, set up on Anglesey in the last year, thinks the answer is yes – as it looks to expand in the new year. More via BBC News
West Lothian team crowned 2023 Quadcopter Challenge winners
A group of students from St Margaret’s Academy in Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland emerged victorious at the 2023 RTX Quadcopter Final, held at the Royal Air Force College Cranwell.
Participating teams were tasked with analysing RTX’s current Quadcopter design and making modifications with the aim of supporting emergency services personnel in carrying out the essential work that keeps us safe. More via ADS Advance
Fire service donates legacy firefighting kit to the Philippines
Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS) has recently donated approximately 4,500 items of legacy firefighting equipment to firefighters in the City of Manila in the Philippines, through Operation Florian.
The charity promotes protection of life worldwide by providing equipment and training to improve firefighting, first aid and rescue capabilities. More via Brecon & Radnor Express