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A profound insight into the impact of the Grenfell Tower fire, as those affected speak out during Grenfell Testimony Week
Catherine Levin attended the first day of Grenfell Testimony Week at Church House in Westminster yesterday, where she heard first hand about the impact the devastating fire had and continues to have on those left behind. More via Emergency Services Times
Results published in policing’s largest integrity screening project
Yesterday saw the publication of the largest integrity screening project undertaken in policing, with over 307,000 officers, staff and volunteers checked against the Police National Database (PND).
It is the first time any workforce has undergone integrity screening on this scale and should provide the public with reassurance that the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) is committed to the highest standards of integrity. More via NPCC
North West fire and rescue services collaborate to improve high-rise building fire safety
Several fire and rescue services across the North West of England are joining forces to improve fire safety in high-rise buildings.
The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) North West Protection Group has developed new video resources to further support the safety of residents living in blocks of flats across the region. More via Emergency Services Times
North Yorkshire Police provides update on ‘Exercise Obtundity’
On Monday 22 January, multiple emergency service organisations took part in Exercise Obtundity.
Starting at 6pm at York Minster, Exercise Obtundity was designed to test the joint response of Yorkshire’s emergency services to a series of scenarios to practice their joint response to hostile attacks in and around York Minster. More via North Yorkshire Police
Most bizarre calls to Welsh Ambulance Service last year revealed
Eating too much kebab, losing false teeth and getting a hand stuck in a letterbox are some of the most bizarre calls made to the emergency services in Wales over the past year.
Of the 414,149 calls the Welsh Ambulance Service received in 2023, 68,416 were not a life-or-death emergency. More via Express and Star
Bid for further scrutiny of Dundee police and fire services tossed out
Dundee City Council has rejected calls for further scrutiny of Dundee police and fire services, prompted by concerns that areas of the city are under-represented.
Police and fire chiefs had previously given updates to the council’s community safety and public protection committee. More via The Courier
Ambulance transfer delays are ‘matter of concern’, coroner warns
The availability of ambulances to transfer patients to specialist units is a “matter of concern”, a coroner has warned.
Darren Stewart, area coroner for Suffolk, made the comments in a Prevention of Future Deaths report. More via BBC News