Every weekday morning we bring you the sector’s freshest news stories, starting today with the news that the Welsh Government has removed the South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority, replacing it with four appointed Commissioners to provide oversight and scrutiny. The move comes after a damning review of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service found a culture of widespread discriminatory behaviour and failures of management at all levels
There’s also news that Forest of Dean fire chiefs are considering a new day shift station to increase cover across the county.
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South Wales Fire Authority axed as Welsh Government brings in Commissioners
In an unprecedented step for fire and rescue service governance in the UK, the Welsh Government has removed the South Wales Fire and Rescue Authority, replacing it with four appointed Commissioners to provide oversight and scrutiny.
The move comes after a damning review of South Wales Fire and Rescue Service found a culture of widespread discriminatory behaviour and failures of management at all levels. More via Emergency Services Times
Home Office launches Martyn’s Law consultation
The UK Home Office has launched a six-week consultation on Martyn’s Law, to ensure people are better prepared for, and protected from, terrorist attacks.
The consultation will specifically focus on the updated approach to standard tier, seeking views to make sure the new requirements do not place undue burdens on smaller businesses, while still protecting the public. More via Home Office
Police force helps young vehicle technician onto the career ladder
Having qualified with a Level 3 in Light Vehicle Maintenance & Repair at St Austell College, Holly Treleaven entered into a 12-month internship with Dorset Police (hosts of the Devon and Cornwall Police force fleet).
Now, she’s got a permanent position within the fleet’s workshop, highlighting the huge difference apprenticeships and similar schemes can make to both employers and those looking to start a career. More via Emergency Services Times
PFEW shines spotlight on importance of building a service that reflects communities
On Race Equality Week, the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) shines a spotlight on the importance of building a service that reflects communities and encourages the recruitment of officers and staff from minority ethnic groups. More via PFEW
Forest of Dean fire chiefs considering new station
Fire and rescue bosses are considering a new day shift station in the Forest of Dean as part of plans to increase cover across the county.
The preferred option, which is due to be considered by Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet this week, could see an extra 14 firefighters recruited. More via Forest of Dean Review
Celebrating National Apprenticeship Week 2024
Kit Salt, Head of Assessment at SFJ Awards, shares the experiences of blue light apprentices both past and present, including tips for people interested in following similar paths. More via Emergency Services Times
Fire service buys ‘pre-loved’ appliances to cut costs
A fire service has revealed it has started buying “pre-loved fire engines” to replace its decades old appliances as a means of balancing its books.
North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service recently replaced part of its 20-year-old fleet with 11-year-old appliances from a fire service that was replacing its equipment with brand new vehicles. More via Richmondshire Today
DFT issues guidance on e-cycle batteries to minimise fire risk
The Department for Transport (DFT) has issued new guidance on e-cycle and e-scooter batteries to minimise the fire risk they pose to premises.
The guidance, which is not a legal compliance document, aims to provide premises managers with tools, resources and options around risk management while safeguarding the utility of these modes of transport for users. More via Department for Transport