Every weekday morning we bring you the sector’s freshest news stories, starting today with the news that Hertfordshire Constabulary is to get a new green headquarters in Welwyn Garden City. The new HQ will be built to achieve a BREEAM Excellent for ultra-high sustainability standards and is targeting WELL Platinum Certification.
There’s also a new poll by YouGov that has revealed how many Britons have ever called the emergency services, and in what circumstances they think it is right to do so.
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Hertfordshire Constabulary to get new green HQ
Willmott Dixon has won a £55m contract to redevelop the headquarters of Hertfordshire Constabulary in Welwyn Garden City.
The current site was built in the 1960s and will be demolished to make way for a 9000 square metre development where over 600 operational staff will be located from summer 2026. More via Emergency Services Times
Ofsted publishes findings from Merton youth violence multi-agency response inspection
Between 4 and 8 December 2023, Ofsted, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services, the Care Quality Commission and HM Inspectorate of Probation carried out a joint targeted area inspection of the multi-agency response to serious youth violence in Merton. Now, the findings of the joint inspection have been published.
Among the headline findings is that most vulnerable children in Merton affected by serious youth violence and/or criminal exploitation benefit from effective strategically aligned and integrated partnership arrangements. More via Ofsted
Counter Terrorism Policing appoints new Senior National Coordinator
Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Vicki Evans of Cambridgeshire Constabulary has been appointed as the new Senior National Coordinator (SNC) for Counter Terrorism Policing.
ACC Evans was appointed this week as the permanent successor to Deputy Assistant Commissioner (DAC) Tim Jacques, who has retired from policing after 37 years. More via Emergency Services Times
When do Britons think you are supposed to call 999?
A new YouGov poll has revealed how many Britons have ever called the emergency services, and in what circumstances they think it is right to do so?
The findings reveal that Britons are least clear when it comes to anti-social behaviour and small or suspected fires. More via YouGov
An expert view on the risks from lithium-ion battery fires
Professor Paul Christensen, Prof of Pure & Applied Electrochem at Newcastle University, draws on his decades of experience specialising in electrochemistry to look at the phenomenon of lithium-ion battery fires and why there is so much more work to be done in this area to understand the risk to firefighters tackling these types of fires.
This updated article originally appeared in the June 2023 print issue of Emergency Service Times. More via Emergency Services Times
UK drivers could face fines for letting emergency vehicles pass
According to the Highway Code, which contains advice and rules for people on Britain’s roads, drivers should give way to emergency vehicles using flashing lights.
However, other regulations still remain in place with some illegal manoeuvres leading to a hefty fine or points on your licence. More via Hereford Times
North East Ambulance Service currently recruiting
North East Ambulance Service is currently recruiting for a range of roles – from newly qualified and experienced paramedics to app developers and admin assistants.
There is also a number of roles also available in communications, admin and technology. More via The Chronicle