Features

Three steps to sustainability for the emergency services

Tammy Carter, Head of Category – Fleet, Crown Commercial Service, outlines the three steps that organisations looking to shift to sustainable fleet solutions need to consider. One positive effect of the Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) has been the beneficial impact less travel has had on air quality. With people realising the benefits of this, there has… Read more »

Project Siren: Ford and Venari to launch new lightweight ambulance

In the week that Ford of Britain and Venari Group jointly announced the launch of a new lightweight ambulance based on the Ford Transit chassis cab under the code name Project Siren, Emergency Services Times was granted an exclusive interview with Dr Graham Hoare OBE, Executive Director, Business Transformation & Chairman, Ford of Britain, and… Read more »

Meet the crew specially trained to rescue animals across Kent

To many, animals are like members of the family, or crucial livelihood for farmers, which is why animal rescue emergencies are as important as any other for Kent Fire and Rescue Service (KFRS). The service’s dedicated animal rescue unit (ARU), based in Faversham, is made up of specially trained animal-loving firefighters, who have a passion… Read more »

Patrolling the border

The last two years has seen a significant rise in the number of migrants entering the UK from France, crossing the English Channel in small, often overloaded, inflatable boats.On 29 November 2020, £28m of funding was announced to increase police patrols of the beaches of northern France and additional surveillance. Will this make a difference?… Read more »

National Police Wellbeing Service extends Psychological Risk Assessment Programme

Oscar Kilo, the National Police Wellbeing Service (OK NPWS) has extended its Psychological Risk Assessment Programme, meaning it will be able to offer online psychological risk assessments to another 6000 police officers and staff across the country. Since the initial stage of the programme was launched in early 2020, OK NPWS has carried out assessments… Read more »

AACE focused on violence reduction and prevention

Words: Carl Rees, Head of Communications, Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) Violence and aggression by service users against UK ambulance staff is a major challenge for the ambulance sector. In the past year there has been a 17 percent increase in physical assaults alone, and a 39 percent increase over the past five years…. Read more »

Why wearable technology is becoming critical for key workers

Words: Shachar Harari, Chief Business Officer & Head of Cardo Crew Wearable technology has been gaining steady traction for a decade or more, from biometric smartwatches and Bluetooth headsets, right through to experimental augmented reality products like Google Glass. While progress in the field has been slow and steady, there’s something about 2020 that has… Read more »

This winter, why not benefit when you buy?

Jan Culshaw, Category Manager for Payment Solutions at Crown Commercial Service explains how greater use of procurement cards can save the blue light sector time and money this winter. The usual winter pressures, combined with the Coronavirus pandemic, means the pressure on the police and emergency services is growing day by day. More than ever… Read more »

Webinar series discusses link between wellbeing and sport

PSUK and Team Police’s series of webinars aims to get the conversation going between policing leaders and other organisations who consider sporting activity as an essential element to wellbeing in the police. The first webinar, which took place on 13 October, featured inspirational input from James and Sam, founders of Surfwell, about what they are… Read more »