Hampshire charity members drive over 27,000 miles to deliver food and PPE to those in need during pandemic

A Hampshire-based charity has been playing a key part in supporting those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 45 responders from Hampshire and Berkshire 4×4 Response (HB4x4R) have driven in excess of 27,000 miles across Hampshire to deliver pallets of emergency food and personal protective equipment. Hampshire and Berkshire 4×4 Response is a registered… Read more »

‘No time to waste’ in search to replace aviation services, says HM Coastguard

The UK Search and Rescue Second Generation programme – known as UKSAR2G – will replace all the aviation services currently under contract to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. That includes the search and rescue helicopters, operated by Bristow Helicopters Ltd, and also the fixed-wing aircraft, operated by 2Excel. These days the sight of a red… Read more »

Moving forwards: from emergency to recovery

As any frontline service will recognise, there’s never going to be a hard stop between emergency and recovery – there will always be transition. As the easing of lockdown measures continue, the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has established a ‘COVID-19 Committee’ that will coordinate continued C19 activity, support recovery and collate key learning from… Read more »

“It’s totally unacceptable that some individuals are exploiting this unprecedented global crisis to attack frontline workers”

We’ve had to deal with shocking statistics over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic – from the unacceptably low levels of suitable PPE supplies across the public sector at the start of this crisis, to the daily updates on the latest death toll. These numbers contextualise the realities of a pandemic that emergency services workers… Read more »

Paramedic programme offers vocational pathway to the front line

April saw the completion of the first ever HCPC-approved paramedic programme by a Qualsafe Awards approved centre, Medipro, with 14 successful candidates eligible to become HCPC-registered paramedics – several of whom have already gained their registration number and made their way to the front line. Qualsafe Awards and Medipro have been working on this award… Read more »

Tech in a pandemic: how video can help keep forces safe

In just a few short weeks, COVID-19 has transformed the ways in which many of us work. Some 90% of office workers are now based at their homes since the Coronavirus restrictions came into place in March. Yet, for the vast majority of key workers, a home office just isn’t possible, so technology is stepping… Read more »

Oscar Kilo launches new self care campaign

To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW), Oscar Kilo has launched a new self care campaign. This year the theme for MHAW is kindness. The week will be used to celebrate the thousands of acts of kindness that are so important to our mental health. Throughout the Coronavirus pandemic, we have seen so many… Read more »