15 years of the PawPrints awards

The RSPCA’s PawPrints awards recognises local authorities and public bodies for going above and beyond to deliver world-class animal welfare services. Over the past 15 years, the RSPCA has handed out over 1500 awards that recognise the work of local authorities, housing providers and the emergency services that is often done behind the scenes. The RSPCA… Read more »

HANTSAR volunteers scoop national award in recognition of work supporting vaccination rollout

Volunteers at Hampshire Search and Rescue (HANTSAR) have been awarded a prestigious Skills for Health Our Health Heroes Award for their efforts supporting COVID-19 testing and vaccination across the county. The charity, one of the country’s county-based Lowland Rescue teams, which provide round the clock cover to assist the police and other agencies to search… Read more »

Senior blue light leaders make landmark mental health commitment

Emergency services across each of the home nations have committed to a uniform approach to supporting the mental health of their emergency responder workforce. In a UK first, The Chief Officers of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, National Fire Chiefs Council and Association of Ambulance Chief Executives have made a public pledge on behalf of… 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 »

Emergency volunteers launch lifesaving vehicle

The Cheshire and Shropshire Immediate Care Group (CSI BASICS), a network of volunteer medical staff, who give up their free time to support the North West Ambulance Service in emergency incidents, has launched a new BMW Rapid Response Vehicle. This was made possible after the group successfully applied for a £50,000 grant from the British… Read more »

Rescue team use electric powered car in bid to reduce emissions

Surrey Search & Rescue is the first search and rescue (SAR) team in the country to start using the new mild-hybrid variant of the Volvo XC90. The initial response vehicle (IRV) will operate 24/7/365, attending emergencies across the county. Equipped with a laptop and printer, the vehicle will operate as an initial command unit before… Read more »

UK Civil Air Patrol supports the NHS with life-saving flights

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has provided many challenges, not least for the NHS. For its part the UK Civil Air Patrol has risen to this challenge with the provision, to the NHS, of an express air transport delivery service in conjunction with the British Blood Bike despatch riders. These single-pilot air transport flights, which are… Read more »

Getac rugged solutions deliver powerful technology upgrade to Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team

Getac, a leading rugged mobile computing manufacturer, has come to the aid of the Central Beacons Mountain Rescue Team (CBMRT) with the donation of powerful rugged mobile devices, along with accompanying accessories from its partners. The new solutions replace the CBMRT’s original IT equipment – which was lost during a devastating fire at its base… Read more »

Hampshire charity members drive over 27,000 miles to deliver food and PPE to those in need during pandemic

A Hampshire-based charity has been playing a key part in supporting those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 45 responders from Hampshire and Berkshire 4×4 Response (HB4x4R) have driven in excess of 27,000 miles across Hampshire to deliver pallets of emergency food and personal protective equipment. Hampshire and Berkshire 4×4 Response is a registered… Read more »