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Today, in a tribute to West Midlands Fire Service Chief Fire Officer Wayne Brown, who died last week, we have re-published a piece that he wrote for us last year. It is a tribute to not only him but also the lasting legacy he has left at the service he headed up.
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Remembering West Midlands Fire Service Chief Fire Officer Wayne Brown
This article was written by West Midlands Fire Service Chief Fire Officer Wayne Brown and originally appeared in the June 2023 print issue of Emergency Services Times. Wayne died on 24 January 2024 and it is re-published here in his memory. More via Emergency Services Times
Lords Committee questions legality of police’s Live Facial Recognition Technology
The Justice and Home Affairs Committee has published a letter to the Home Secretary, Rt. Hon. James Cleverly MP, after conducting a short investigation into the use of Live Facial Recognition (LFR) Technology by police forces in England and Wales.
The Committee writes that the deployment of the technology lacks a clear legal foundation. More via The Justice and Home Affairs Committee
Drone no-fly zones implemented near prisons
It is now a criminal offence to fly drones within 400 metres of prisons and young offender institutions in England and Wales.
Previously, police could only intervene if someone was flying a drone near a prison and there was evidence of contraband being smuggled. Now, it is an automatic offence to operate a drone in one of the new no-fly zones. More via Emergency Services Times
New Basildon ambulance depot to ‘slash waiting times’
Plans for a new ambulance depot which will slash waiting times and “improve health outcomes” in and around Basildon are set to be officially unveiled this year.
The “fantastic” new facility is set to be built on Nethermayne, close to Basildon Hospital, and will see ambulances maintained, fixed and refuelled on the site daily. More via Essex Echo
Work to extend life of marine ambulance under way
Upgrades to the St John Marine Ambulance, the Flying Christine III, could extend its life by up to 10 years.
Maintenance on the nearly 30 year old vessel is being carried out in various phases throughout the year, starting this week. More via BBC News
COP opens applications for police leadership programme – stage 4 (senior leaders)
Applications are now open for the police leadership programme – stage 4 (senior leaders) is now open for applications from chief superintendents, superintendents, chief inspectors and police staff in equivalent roles. The first course begins this April 2024. More via College of Policing
National Highways extends Telent’s digital connectivity network contract
Tech firm Telent has confirmed that it will continue to operate the digital connectivity network for National Highways and the Strategic Road Network (SRN) until 2027.
The firm has been working with National Highways to transform and operate the National Roads Telecommunications Service (NRTS) since 2018. More via Emergency Services Times
Oldham residents locked out of flats for three years over fire safety
A woman who has been waiting more than three years to return to her apartment after it was deemed a safety risk has said her mental health has been affected and she cries every day.
Fozia Malik lived in one of 32 flats in Victory Apartments in Oldham before the building was closed in November 2020. More via BBC News