Every weekday morning we bring you the sector’s freshest news stories, starting today with an ambitious goal from the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) for 2024. The IFE is aiming to recruit 1,500 student members as part of a strategic drive to support early career professionals in creating a well-rounded scope of the opportunities available within the fire sector.
There’s also news today that emergency services have been charged thousands of pounds for using the Sandbanks Ferry, according to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request. While police vehicles have travelled free of charge, fire and ambulance services have spent thousands.
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IFE pledges to recruit 1,500 student members in 2024
The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) has set an ambitious goal for 2024: to recruit 1,500 student members as part of a strategic drive to support early career professionals in creating a well-rounded scope of the opportunities available within the fire sector. More via Emergency Services Times
APCC releases response to announced changes to public order legislation
The Chair of the Association of Police and Crime commissioners, Donna Jones, has released a statement in response to the Home Office’s announced amendments to the Criminal Justice Bill to strengthen police powers in dealing with protestors.
Jones said people had a right to peaceful protest and that the more stringent measures would only be reserved for incidents where there is a “real and serious risk to public safety.” More via APCC
College of Paramedics shares first manifesto
The College of Paramedics has shared its first manifesto, which introduces the key issues it needs politicians and decision makers to be aware of and work with it on to support the profession.
With a general election due to be held this year, the college has worked with colleagues and representatives, including consulting its Board and Student Council, to develop some keys asks for the next UK Government. More via College of Paramedics
IFE calls for input to help shape future strategic priorities
The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) is calling for its members and external stakeholders to have a say and share experiences to help shape the IFE’s future strategic priorities.
As part of the process, the IFE will be holding a series of virtual Strategy Development Sessions across 2 distinct phases. More via IFE
Metropolitan Police leaving vulnerable children at risk of exploitation – report
The Metropolitan Police Service’s response to the criminal and sexual exploitation of children is not currently effective, with the force not doing enough when children are suffering from, or at risk of, exploitation, a new report by His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) has found.
(HMICFRS) said that the Met’s lack of understanding of the nature and scale of child exploitation is a significant barrier to the force being able to tackle the problem effectively. More via HMICFRS
Emergency services charged thousands of pounds for using Sandbanks ferry
Emergency services have been charged thousands of pounds for using the Sandbanks Ferry.
The ambulance and fire service racked up huge bills by using the chain ferry, which connects Sandbanks and Studland, despite police not paying a penny. More via Bournemouth Daily Echo
Met Police Counter Terrorism Command explosions officer reflects on underground incident response
An Explosives Officer from the Metropolitan Police’s Counter Terrorism Command (SO15) has reflected on the role he and his colleague, a serving police officer, played in the initial response to an explosion on a District Line train at Parsons Green underground station in London on 15 September 2017. More via Counter Terrorism Policing
Government confirms approach to setting minimum service levels for fire, but union says it is ‘draconian’
The Fire Brigades Union (FBU) general secretary, Matt Wrack, has responded to the government announcing minimum service levels for the fire and rescue service, calling the measures “a draconian attempt to ban strike action in the fire and rescue service.”
Wrack added that it was “a direct attack on the democratic rights of firefighters, control room staff and other fire service workers.” More via Emergency Services Times
Number of mayors in charge of policing to double in May
Legislation has now been laid in Parliament that will see two more combined authority mayors take on oversight of police after the May elections.
Along with devolution changes in North Yorkshire, that will bring the total number of mayors with the functions of a police and crime commissioner to six. More via Emergency Services Times
Devon Air Ambulance 200th Community landing site now operational
Devon Air Ambulance’s (DAA) Community Landing Site Network has achieved a major milestone launching its 200th Community Landing Site at Tews Lane Playing Field, Fremington.
DAA’s extensive network of 200 surveyed landing sites has allowed its aircraft to land in many towns and villages across Devon during the “hours of darkness”, enabling its specialist medical crew to reach patients quickly and safely. More via Crediton Courier