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Welsh Ambulance Service modernises fleet with 48 state-of-the-art emergency ambulances
The Welsh Ambulance Service and the communities it serves are set to benefit from 48 new, state-of-the-art emergency ambulances.
The trust has introduced the new vehicles – each fitted with the latest technology – as part of its commitment to modernising its fleet. More via Emergency Services Times
YouTube makes finding basic first aid and emergency care videos easier
YouTube has announced that it is making it even easier to find instructional videos for basic first aid and emergency care made by authoritative health organisations.
The video sharing platform said its new first aid information shelves will be pinned to the top of search results and will feature easy-to-follow videos with the goal of helping people quickly find credible and actionable first aid information without reading or listening to complex instructions. More via YouTube
Warwick Castle hosts major emergency service drill
Warwick Castle is playing host to a major training exercise for emergency services.
Police are advising people not to be alarmed if they see fire engines and ambulances at the site during Wednesday’s event.
Chief Constable under pressure as senior Police Scotland colleague lodges grievance
Police Scotland is in turmoil after it emerged a grievance has been lodged against recently appointed Chief Constable Jo Farrell by one of her own leadership team.
Deputy Chief Officer David Page, who sits at the top of the Police Scotland executive team alongside deputy and assistant chief constables, has taken sick leave while his complaint is investigated. More via The Edinburgh Reporter
‘Make the Elizabeth Medal a reality’ – Fed deputy chair calls on politicians
West Midlands Police Federation deputy chair Jase Dooley has called on politicians to make the Elizabeth Medal a reality after it was discussed in Parliament.
Jase hopes a posthumous medal for fallen officers will be introduced this year following a campaign by the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW). More via West Midlands Police Federation
APCC Chair comments on Post Office scandal
Senior police leader and Chair of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners (APCC), Donna Jones, has welcomed the Prime Minister’s announcement of a new bill to exonerate and compensate victims of the Post Office scandal.
But PCC Jones says questions still need to be answered on how this scandal was allowed to happen and how Post Office Counters Ltd was able to mismanage a core public service across the UK for so long, with devastating consequences. More via APCC
COP seeks feedback on police vetting guidance
The College of Policing (COP) is seeking feedback on its updated guidance for the vetting of all police officers, staff and volunteers.
The guidance updates follow revisions to the Code of Practice for police vetting principles in July 2023. The Code sets out the expected standards for vetting. More via COP
HMICFRS publishes update on activism and impartiality in policing inspection
His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has published a letter outlining the initial findings of its activism and impartiality in policing inspection.
Among the findings is that there is a lack of clarity in how police forces understand and interpret the Equality Act 2010. As a result, there is a risk that officers and staff may make wrong decisions and, in so doing, undermine public trust and confidence. More via HMICFRS
Motorola loses appeal to kill price cap on UK Airwave emergency services contract
Motorola’s appeal against price controls on the longstanding mission-critical Airwave network used by the UK emergency services was dismissed by a tribunal, meaning the cap imposed by the regulator must stand. More via The Register
‘Life-critical’ fire issues found in 56% of Grenfell cladder’s residential blocks
More than half of the residential blocks built by the company responsible for installing the deadly cladding on Grenfell Tower have “life-critical” fire safety issues, it can be revealed.
Government figures analysed by the Guardian show the development arm of Rydon, the company that installed the flammable cladding which was the primary cause of the spreading fire that killed 72 Grenfell residents, has built 25 residential blocks across England and 14 have been found to have issues. More via The Guardian