Avon FRS trials new electric vehicle

On the route to net zero carbon emissions, Avon Fire and Rescue Service (Avon FRS) has trialled Tesla’s offering of an emergency service vehicle. In line with Avon FRS’s focus on reducing the service’s carbon footprint, increasing resilience and making cost savings, the trial was the perfect opportunity to understand what Tesla can offer. During… Read more »

KSS CEO wins Charity Leader of the Year Award 2021

David Welch, CEO of Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS), has won the Charity Times Charity Leader of the Year Award 2021 – a prestigious national award, which celebrates excellence among charities and not for profit organisations from across the UK and honours the outstanding professionals in charity management. With David at the helm, KSS… Read more »

Cabinet Office awards UKFast £1m contract for ResilienceDirect

The leading UK-managed hosting and cloud provider UKFast has announced a two-year contract with ResilienceDirect. The 24-month contract for the free, live, critical, digital service marks the company’s second consecutive G-Cloud 12 framework award for the contract. Funded by the Cabinet Office since 2014, ResilienceDirect enables organisations such as the police, fire and rescue, ambulance,… Read more »

NHS England accelerates roll out of Motorola Solutions body-worn cameras

NHS England has selected Motorola’s VB400 body-worn video solution to increase transparency and safety for its frontline workers and citizens across the country. Successful trials with London Ambulance Service and North East Ambulance Service proved the rugged VB400 body-worn cameras offer greater transparency for staff and citizens to assist in de-escalating situations, leading to the… Read more »

Assistant CFO leaves West Sussex for Suffolk Chief Fire Officer role

Assistant Chief Fire Officer of West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service, Jon Lacey, has been appointed as Chief Fire Officer and Executive Director for Public Safety of Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service. Jon began his fire fighting career with West Sussex in 1993 as a retained firefighter. He leaves the service after working his way… Read more »

Lancashire Constabulary names new Deputy Chief Constable

Lancashire Constabulary has appointed a new Deputy Chief Constable. Sacha Hatchett joins the service from North Wales Police, where she was Assistant Chief Constable, and will take over from previous Deputy Chief Constable Terry Woods, who left the force earlier in August to join Greater Manchester Police. Sacha Joined the police service in February 1997… Read more »

New hydrogen fire appliance research study begins

Fire and rescue services across Britain could see a technological revolution in the coming years involving the launch into service of fire appliances powered by hydrogen, thanks to the start of a new research project. The project will see a hydrogen fuel engineering firm called ULEMCo partner with Oxfordshire County Council’s fire and rescue service…. Read more »

NatWest Group helps support over 200 London Ambulance Service apprentices

NatWest Group has agreed apprenticeship funding to help support over 200 London Ambulance Service (LAS) staff wanting to further develop their careers on the frontline. The funding, made through the apprenticeship levy transfer scheme, will help pay towards apprenticeship courses at LAS for up to four years. The ambulance service offers a multitude of different… Read more »

Public encouraged to download ‘essential’ free location app ahead of Great British staycation

Emergency services across the UK are preparing for an exceptionally busy summer, as restrictions on international travel have resulted in a huge increase in Brits opting to holiday in the UK. Emergency services have warned of the ‘unprecedented’ pressure that this has put on control rooms and are calling for the public to download and… Read more »