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Police contact management strategy could be a ‘game changer’ with the right adoption
Emergency Services Times commissioned Jon Graham, Senior Consultant – Digital, Data & Technology – Public Sector & Policing – Triad Group plc, to explore how the Police contact management strategy announced last year could be a ‘game changer’, with the right adoption.
Jon looks at the role of technology in giving the public more and better options for contacting their police. More via Emergency Services Times
Tim Forber to be the next Chief Constable of North Yorkshire
Tim Forber, who is presently serving as Deputy Chief Constable at South Yorkshire Police, was announced as the preferred candidate for Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police by Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner Zoë Metcalfe, following a robust recruitment process in December 2023.
Commissioner Zoë’s recommendation was formally endorsed by the Police, Fire and Crime Panel at a confirmation hearing yesterday, as is statutorily required. More via Harrowgate Informer
Wimbledon: Electric double-decker bus catches fire during rush hour
An electric double-decker bus caught fire during the morning rush hour in south-west London, literally a stone’s throw from Nineteen Group HQ, publishers of Emergency Services Times.
Emergency services were called to Wimbledon Hill Road/Alwyne Road in Wimbledon shortly after 07:20 GMT.
Transport for London (TfL) said the bus was quickly evacuated, and the Met Police said no injuries were reported. The force declared a critical incident. More via BBC News
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue film launches year of 50th celebrations
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue has announced plans to mark its 50th anniversary, after publishing a poem and a video celebrating South Yorkshire’s culture and heritage.
The service has released ‘South Yorkshire, our love’ in recognition of its five decades serving its communities. More via South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue
Challenges faced by police demand urgent attention and reform – Police Federation
The Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) has raised profound concerns regarding the wellbeing of individuals within the policing workforce, shedding light on the demanding and stressful nature of their profession. More via PFEW
Calls for more women to join Norfolk Fire Service
A female firefighter is encouraging more women to join a county’s fire service.
Norfolk Fire Service currently has the lowest proportion of female firefighters in the country.
Jennie Schamp, 48, joined the service 25 years ago and now works as group manager. More via BBC News
West Midlands Ambulance Service looking for volunteer first responders
West Midlands Ambulance Service is on the lookout for keen and willing recruits to join its band of volunteer lifesavers as a Community First Responder (CFR).
CFRs are everyday members of the public who are trained in a number of assessments and basic lifesaving techniques including the use of a defibrillator, a device used to restart the heart of someone who has suffered a cardiac arrest. More via West Midlands Ambulance Service
Met Office issues warning for possibility of disruptive snow next week
The Met Office has issued a warning for the possibility of potentially impactful snow for some next week, as an arctic airmass exerts its influence on the UK’s weather.
A northerly airflow will bring cold arctic air to the UK from Sunday and into early next week, with snow showers focused across northern areas of Scotland and Northern Ireland. More via Met Office