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Why the emergency services need to listen when government watchdog says public services have a ‘productivity problem’
Catherine Levin digs into Gareth Davies, chief of the National Audit Office’s speech to MPs on the tough economic challenges that face government in the years ahead, telling them that the public services have a ‘productivity problem.’
In a speech intended to highlight the need to keep a tight hold on value for money, Mr Davies laid out five opportunities to make public money work harder, as he put it. More via Emergency Services Times
Firefighters warn about dangers of icy waters as London sees freezing temperatures
With temperatures dropping below freezing this week, London Fire Brigade is appealing for the public to stay safe around frozen lakes and waterways.
It might be tempting to walk or play on frozen water, but the ice can easily break. In December 2022, four children died after falling into an icy lake in the West Midlands. More via London Fire Brigade
Met Police uses data and intelligence to clamp down on luxury watch thefts
The Metropolitan Police Service has today released details about an innovative undercover operation which leveraged data and intelligence to halve luxury watch thefts in central London boroughs. More via Emergency Services Times
NHS spending on private ambulances in north west has QUADRUPLED in last four years
Spending on private ambulances in the north west has more than quadrupled over the last four financial years. The money the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) spends on private ambulances has increased from £3.62m in 2019/20 to nearly £15m in 2022/23 – more than four times as much.
The figures have been rising gradually year-on-year since just prior to the pandemic and throughout its duration, costing £7.64m in 2020/21; £12.49m in 2021/22; and £14.96m in 2022/23. More via Manchester Evening News
Researchers seek UK incident commanders for emergency decision-making study
Cardiff University and Robert Gordon University researchers from the Natural Hazard Research Australia ‘Enhancing decision-making in emergency management project’ are seeking multi-agency UK incident commanders to participate in the first phase of their research study. More via Emergency Services Times
Plan for network of 4G/5G phone hubs in Slough withdrawn
A plan to install a network of ‘communication hubs’ in Slough town centre has been withdrawn.
The five modern phone boxes were to provide digital services and screen advertising in five town centre location in Slough, including rapid connection to emergency services. More via Slough Express
Nationwide Fleet Installations closes acquisition of Avian Fleet
Nationwide Fleet Installations has acquired Avian Fleet for an undisclosed sum, reinforcing its commitment to delivering reliable and efficient installation services.
Avian Fleet has nearly 4o years’ sector experience and continues to work today with emergency services, leading insurers, fleet managers and leasing companies as their installation partner of choice. More via Fleet World