Gatwick Airport validates emergency plan with multi-agency exercise

Gatwick Airport recently took part in Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Re-Certification exercise to test the airport’s emergency plan. Focusing on an off-airfield aircraft accident next to a railway line, this was the first full scale, face-to-face multi-agency exercise to take place since the pandemic. Participants included Gatwick Airport Fire and Rescue Service, West Sussex Fire… Read more »

Welsh Ambulance Service appoints palliative care paramedics in UK first

The Welsh Ambulance Service has appointed its first dedicated palliative care paramedics. The new recruits will deliver specialist care to patients who are nearing the end of their life, in what is also a UK ambulance service first. The four-strong team will work as part of Swansea Bay University Health Board’s Specialist Palliative Care Team… Read more »

Simoco accelerates growth in UK public safety market with acquisition of Thorcom Systems

Derby based critical communications company Simoco Wireless Solutions Ltd has agreed to acquire a majority shareholding in Thorcom Systems Ltd and its subsidiaries in a move which will give Simoco a platform to expand its presence in the UK emergency services market, while giving Thorcom the opportunity to access international markets such as Asia-Pacific, North… Read more »

Construction on new Cambridgeshire fire training facility and station begins

Building work has commenced on the new training facility and fire station in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire. The ground was broken on the multi-million pound project, which involves building a modern, purpose-built training centre and new community fire station at St John’s Park, north of Huntingdon. To officially commence the build, Chief Fire Officer Chris Strickland was… Read more »

Greater Manchester Police and BlackBerry® win national tech award

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and BlackBerry® have been announced as winners of the Mobile Innovation of the Year award at this year’s National Technology Awards (NTA), for the force’s use of the BlackBerry® AtHoc® system. The National Technology Awards – organised by National Technology News – are a celebration of the use of technology and… Read more »

What a riot! Ford’s five-tonne Transit deployed to UK police forces

Ford’s new 5.0-tonne Transit has been deployed as a Protected Personnel Carrier with police forces across the country, having won a national tender to supply 400 vehicles over the next four years. The Protected Personnel Carriers (PPCs), also known as riot vans, have been converted to new UK specification by Ford’s Qualified Vehicle Modifying partner,… Read more »

NFCC launches free Online Home Fire Safety Check resource

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has launched a new Online Home Fire Safety Check (OHFSC) tool, available free of charge to all fire and rescue services (FRSs) in England. The user-friendly resource has been developed following a successful pilot study in collaboration with Fire Kills and Safelincs under the NFCC’s Prevention Programme. It was… Read more »

SCAS chooses to modernise its workforce management software

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) is replacing its legacy range of electronic workforce management systems with Allocate’s HealthRoster Platform. This will enable the trust to better support its response to patients, improve the management and reporting of worked hours, legal compliance with Working Time Directives and align pay and rostering systems for… Read more »