Every weekday morning we bring you the sector’s freshest news stories, starting today with a look into what it takes to be a mountain rescue volunteer. Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team has found from experience that it needs 40 volunteers minimum for its operational team, all of whom undergo high quality training to ensure they can operate safely, efficiently and competently in all conditions.
There’s also news of a new government-backed bill to give police greater powers to deal with livestock worrying incidents more effectively.
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Spotlight on what it takes to be a mountain rescue volunteer
Ian Hughill, a volunteer with Scarborough and Ryedale Mountain Rescue Team, shares the work of the team, how they train and recruit volunteers to work in arduous conditions but for great reward. More via Emergency Services Times
Firefighters’ union launches ‘Equality Matters’ drive
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) has launched the next phase of its Equality Matters campaign.
As the only democratic and representative body in the fire and rescue service, the union says that it is determined to lead the sector’s transformation, following a series of reports highlighting the prevalence of discrimination, harassment and bullying. More via FBU
YPO celebrates milestone for National Apprenticeship Week
Public sector procurement organisation, YPO, is celebrating this year’s National Apprenticeship Week with a major milestone. Since launching the Apprenticeship Framework in 2018, YPO has delivered over 1,664 apprenticeship contracts across the public sector. More via Emergency Services Times
AACE launches new national ambulance volunteering dashboard
The Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) has launched a new national ambulance volunteering dashboard.
The dashboard, which AACE developed in 2023, is designed to share information about who volunteers for ambulance services and the impact they have through their volunteering. More via AACE
Weston pier registers defibrillator for emergency services use
THE defibrillator on The Grand Pier in Weston-Super-Mare can now be utilised by the emergency services thanks to a new agreement.
The pier has confirmed registration of its own defibrillator with ‘The Circuit,’ the Defibrillator National Network, meaning that emergency services are now aware of its location in the event of a cardiac arrest in the vicinity. More via Weston Mercury
Government backs Bill to give police greater powers to clamp down on livestock worrying
Tougher powers to tackle livestock worrying have taken a significant step forward with the announcement of government backing for new legislation.
Under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) (Amendment) Bill, the police will be given greater powers to respond to livestock worrying incidents more effectively – making it easier for them to collect evidence and, in the most serious cases, seize and detain dogs to reduce the risk of further attacks. More via Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
What the emergency services can learn from ‘fixing Britain’
Shantha Dickinson, Deputy Chief Fire Officer for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service, reviews ‘Fixing Britain with Louise Casey,’ a five-part Radio 4 series which lifts the lid on modern Britain and asks what social changes could fix the problems of modern Britain. More via Emergency Services Times
Northamptonshire’s chief constable facing gross misconduct proceedings
A chief constable has “a case to answer” over allegations he misrepresented his military service, the office for Northamptonshire’s police commissioner said.
Nick Adderley now faces accelerated gross misconduct proceedings following an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC). More via BBC News
U-Drive secures supplier status on government vehicle hire framework
U-Drive is to ramp up its focus on public sector vehicle hire after securing a place on Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) Vehicle Hire Solutions framework.
The family-owned company has been named as a supplier on Lot 1 and Lot 2, enabling its use by public sector bodies in key sectors such as central government, health, and local government as well as the UK emergency services. More via Fleet World