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Raft of changes in the new Resilience Framework

The Government has published its long-awaited Resilience Framework which contains a wide range of changes that will affect Local Resilience Forums, the role of the voluntary and private sectors. indicating a firm direction of travel and the commitment to a whole of society approach to resilience. The Framework, published in December 2022, sets out how… Read more »

Cornwall FRS lands second Unimog

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has invested in a second Mercedes-Benz Unimog to extend their ‘go anywhere’ capability and respond to a wide range of incidents. The Unimog transports mission-specific pods, each one packed with specialist equipment, which allows the service to respond to wildfires, floods and other incidents across the county. Mercedes-Benz showed the… Read more »

Can we afford to ignore the animal issue?

The British Animal Rescue and Trauma Care Association (BARTA) provides effective role specific solutions to organisations whose teams encounter animals in the course of their duties, but who else might benefit from exploring these unique workplace risks? Words: Jim Green, Director of Operations, BARTA We work with a range of response organisations, including fire and… Read more »

Protect our communities, our planet and our future

We need our world to be sustainable into the future. The work of the National Fire Chief Council’s (NFCC) Sustainability, Climate Change and Environment group is to ensure that the fire and rescue sector supports sustainable, safe communities.  Words: Ben Brook, Chief Fire Officer, Warwickshire Fire and Rescue Service Climate change is a leadership challenge… Read more »

The police need the right skills to tackle harm and crime in changing world

The world around policing is changing dramatically, such that our police institutions are no longer a match for the challenges they face. It is no exaggeration to say that globalisation and technology are currently transforming our economy and society as profoundly as the industrial revolution and urbanisation did in Sir Robert Peel’s time. Words: Dr… Read more »

From starting line to finishing line: delivering a safe and secure Commonwealth Games

The multi-venue Commonwealth Games was the largest event in which West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) has ever been involved. More than three years’ planning and collaboration with partners culminated in a packed programme of world-class sport, broadcast to a global audience from 28 July to 8 August. Words: Phil Loach, Chief Fire Officer, West Midlands… Read more »

Policing the Glastonbury Festival

Mark Nicholson oversees police operations for the Glastonbury Festival. I have never been, but I was intrigued. He agreed to tell me all about it and he should know, after all, he’s been to a great many of them over the last thirty years. Words: Catherine Levin, Editor, Emergency Services Times Mark Nicholson is an… Read more »

No one plans for a two-year pandemic

The emergency services are used to working with emergency planners in local authorities but during the pandemic, the work of the NHS emergency planning team was brought into sharp relief as the country reeled from Covid. I talk to the man in charge to find out more. In the last issue, I reviewed Professor Lucy… Read more »

Thames Valley Police receives Menopause Employer Friendly accreditation

Thames Valley Police (TVP) is the first police force in the UK to receive accreditation as a menopause friendly employer. The accreditation comes from Menopause Friendly, an independent organisation set up to change mindsets and attitudes towards menopause. Last year, TVP set up a Menopause Action Group with the aims of raising awareness for those… Read more »