Posts By: David

Pioneering immersive learning project launched in partnership with Greater Manchester Police

Bolton-headquartered EdTech firm, Near-Life, has successfully launched a ground-breaking immersive learning programme for Greater Manchester Police (GMP) that will support their work tackling Child Sexual Exploitation and protect some of the most vulnerable members of society. The pilot was awarded £241,000 in funding from Innovate UK in November 2020 to accelerate the development of an… Read more »

National Police Wellbeing Service launches ‘Better Sleep’ toolkit

Oscar Kilo, the National Police Wellbeing, has teamed up with the Sleep Scientist, Dr Sophie Bostock, to launch a new ‘Better Sleep Toolkit’ aimed at supporting police officers, staff and volunteers with fatigue and sleep problems. Andy Rhodes, Service Director for Oscar Kilo, said, “We have undertaken extensive work around sleep and fatigue, after it… Read more »

VCS places first on new NHS national framework for ambulance converters

VCS, one of the UK’s leading ambulance conversion specialists, has achieved the highest combined score of all bidders in the new NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub Framework Agreement for Ambulance and Specialist Vehicle Conversions. Assessed on its technical ability, exceptional quality and financial offers, the Bradford-based manufacturer is now positioned at the top of the framework…. Read more »

MSA Bristol delivers for North Yorkshire FRS

Firefighters across North Yorkshire are sporting smart new kit, following the recent delivery of new PPE from MSA Bristol. Last year, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) ordered top-to-toe structural fire fighting kit for 670 firefighters working out of 38 stations across the county, working to a go-live date of 25October. Purchased through the… Read more »

New chair of police and NCA pay bodies appointed

The Prime Minister has appointed Zoë Billingham as the new Chair of the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) and the National Crime Agency Remuneration Review Body (NCARRB). The appointment follows a robust open competition, conducted in line with the Governance Code on Public Appointments. Zoë took up her appointment on 13 January, on a term… Read more »

Avon Fire Authority select preferred candidate for new Chief Fire Officer

Avon Fire Authority has named Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO) Simon Shilton (pictured above) as its preferred candidate for the position of Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AFRS) Chief Fire Officer, following a rigorous recruitment process. Simon Shilton currently holds the position of ACFO for Service Delivery Support at AFRS responsible for portfolios including training,… Read more »

New Incident Command qualifications launched in line with updated National Operational Guidance

England and Wales’s largest fire and rescue awarding and assessments organisation, which is trusted by more than two thirds of fire and rescue services, SFJ Awards, has launched its new suite of Incident Command qualifications, from initial command at level 3 up to strategic or gold command level 7. The launch comes as the National… Read more »

Royal Berkshire FRS appoints new Deputy Chief

Following an extensive and rigorous process, which attracted a number of extremely high-calibre candidates, Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service has concluded its search for the service’s next Deputy Chief Fire Officer. The successful candidate is Mark Arkwell, who has been performing the role on a temporary basis since January 2021. Mark’s appointment was ratified… Read more »