Features

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 »

Met’s first wellbeing dog Dexter finds his vocation

Emergency Services Times travelled to New Scotland Yard recently to meet PC Mike Sheather and Dexter, the Metropolitan Police’s first wellbeing dog. Emergency Services Times (EST): What is your background as a police dog handler? Mike Sheather (MS): I have always had dogs in my life, and I knew I wanted to be a dog… Read more »

Kent FRS first in UK to receive formal recognition for incident debriefs

Kent Fire and Rescue Service (Kent FRS) has become the first UK fire and rescue service to receive professional recognition for its extensive incident debrief process. As part of its commitment to continuously learn and improve, the service has made significant and pioneering changes to its formal debrief process, making it more thorough and inclusive… Read more »

Holograms, tablets and Teams – Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service is going digital

One the largest fire and rescue services in the UK is going digital, by using Microsoft Surface, M365 and Teams to help them respond to emergencies and train new recruits. Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service, which looks after approximately 12,000sqkm of Wales, is giving officers Surface Go devices so they can view… Read more »

Hamad Medical adds command and control vehicle to its connected fleet

With The Emergency Services Show (ESS) postponed until April 2021, Emergency Services Times (EST)visited Excelerate Technology’s Tech Week event at its Cardiff HQ for a tour of the company’s latest incident command and control vehicle – developed for Hamad Medical Corporation, the principal public healthcare provider in Qatar – which would have formed the centrepiece… Read more »

Avon FRS and Airbus pioneer new Incident Command software

Avon Fire and Rescue Service (Avon FRS) and Airbus have pioneered new Incident Command software in response to Grenfell and service requirements. Developed in collaboration from the outset, SAFEcommand Incident Command software is the first step for Avon FRS in fully digitising the incident ground by bringing together operational information, mapping, GPS data, communications and… Read more »

Nissan unveils a 100% electric emergency response vehicle concept

Nissan has unveiled a 100% electric emergency response vehicle concept, designed to provide a mobile power supply following natural disasters or extreme weather events. Called RE-LEAF, the working prototype is based on the Nissan LEAF passenger car, the world’s first mass-production electric vehicle. Alongside modifications to navigate roads covered in debris, the RE-LEAF features weatherproof… Read more »

Wash away the risk: De-Wipe’s solution for a healthier ‘shower within the hour’

Words: Stuart Glover, Marketing Manager, De-Wipe Ltd The firefighters’ mantra ‘shower within the hour’ is one of the best practices for preventing firefighter cancer. Without a mandatory shower back at the station, firefighters not only run the risk of harmful carcinogenic toxins and impurities found in soot and smoke absorbing through their skin, hair and… Read more »

How London Fire Brigade grew its counselling service after Grenfell and Coronavirus

Words: Dr Anne Scoging, Head of Psychological Services, London Fire Brigade. In the three years since the Grenfell Tower fire, everyone at London Fire Brigade has come to understand our need as an organisation for high-quality, readily-accessible mental health support. Some 20 percent of brigade personnel that attended the fire have since received trauma-focused counselling… Read more »