Review

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 »

Shaking the dust off a Cinderella service

In the world of the emergency services, the planners are the Cinderella service, working hard behind the scenes, often unrecognised for their contribution. Professor Lucy Easthope’s new book brings them out of the shadows and places them firmly into the spotlight in her new book, When the Dust Settles. Strictly speaking, her book is not… Read more »