National Police Wellbeing Service launches ‘Better Sleep’ toolkit

Oscar Kilo, the National Police Wellbeing, has teamed up with the Sleep Scientist, Dr Sophie Bostock, to launch a new ‘Better Sleep Toolkit’ aimed at supporting police officers, staff and volunteers with fatigue and sleep problems. Andy Rhodes, Service Director for Oscar Kilo, said, “We have undertaken extensive work around sleep and fatigue, after it… Read more »

VCS places first on new NHS national framework for ambulance converters

VCS, one of the UK’s leading ambulance conversion specialists, has achieved the highest combined score of all bidders in the new NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub Framework Agreement for Ambulance and Specialist Vehicle Conversions. Assessed on its technical ability, exceptional quality and financial offers, the Bradford-based manufacturer is now positioned at the top of the framework…. Read more »

MSA Bristol delivers for North Yorkshire FRS

Firefighters across North Yorkshire are sporting smart new kit, following the recent delivery of new PPE from MSA Bristol. Last year, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) ordered top-to-toe structural fire fighting kit for 670 firefighters working out of 38 stations across the county, working to a go-live date of 25October. Purchased through the… Read more »

Avon Fire Authority select preferred candidate for new Chief Fire Officer

Avon Fire Authority has named Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO) Simon Shilton (pictured above) as its preferred candidate for the position of Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AFRS) Chief Fire Officer, following a rigorous recruitment process. Simon Shilton currently holds the position of ACFO for Service Delivery Support at AFRS responsible for portfolios including training,… Read more »

New Incident Command qualifications launched in line with updated National Operational Guidance

England and Wales’s largest fire and rescue awarding and assessments organisation, which is trusted by more than two thirds of fire and rescue services, SFJ Awards, has launched its new suite of Incident Command qualifications, from initial command at level 3 up to strategic or gold command level 7. The launch comes as the National… Read more »

Northumberland FRS invests in Dräger’s new PSS® AirBoss SCBA

Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service (NRFS) has become the first UK fire and rescue service to invest in Dräger’s new AirBoss Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) with telemetry, as it looks to provide its firefighters with the most advanced fire safety equipment on the market today. Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service is one of the… Read more »

Air Ambulance Advanced Practitioner in Critical Care breaks barriers

Vicki Brown, Advanced Practitioner in Critical Care at Great Western Air Ambulance Charity, has become the first person in the country to get on the Faculty of Pre Hospital Care (FPHC) Register of Consultant (Level 8) Practitioners by qualifying from a purely, paramedic background. She is also the first female paramedic on the list. This… Read more »

AFOA hosts mini conference at the International Fire Training Centre

AFOA members were welcomed to the association’s recent mini conference at the International Fire Training Centre (IFTC), Tees Valley Airport, Darlington by AFOA Committee Member Waine Weaver and Gary Watson, Business Operations Manager at IFTC. Delegates enjoyed a packed programme of speakers covering diverse aviation fire and rescue topics, with a particular focus on training… Read more »

National air ambulance awards winners announced

The winners of the prestigious Air Ambulances UK Awards of Excellence 2021, sponsored by BMW Group, have been announced at a special ceremony. Inspiring air ambulance charity crew members, leaders, teams, volunteers and fundraisers from across the UK have been recognised for their outstanding contributions towards helping to save the lives of people in need… Read more »

British firm tackles climate change with electric hybrid scooter

White Motorcycle Concepts (WMC) has unveiled its revolutionary new electric hybrid scooter – the WMC300FR. The bike is designed specifically for use as a fully operational first response vehicle, which will help bring emergency services into line with new national objectives to combat the effects of climate change and cost reduction. The pioneering British engineering… Read more »