When Eurovision came to Liverpool

At The Emergency Services Show, visitors learned that strong relationships built through the work of local resilience forums pay huge dividends when major events come calling. Hosting Eurovision on behalf of Ukraine saw Liverpool at its very best as thousands of visitors converged on the city back in May 2023. Speaking in the Lessons Learned… Read more »

RNLI celebrates ‘extraordinary people’ in run up to 200th anniversary

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) has put together a new podcast series featuring 200 episodes that show how the charity has evolved over the last two centuries. The 200 Voices podcast features stories from extraordinary people who rescue, have been rescued and have real-life experiences of the RNLI. It seeks to commemorate its past,… Read more »

Stay safe along the coast

Coastal safety is set for an extra boost this summer with the official launch of ‘Stay Safe Along The Coast’ from National Coastwatch. Helped by funding from Trinity House, watchkeepers from 30 National Coastwatch stations have been trained to offer coastal safety information to members of the public. The National Coastwatch Institution is a voluntary… Read more »

Maritime and Coastguard Agency appoints new interim chief

Damien Oliver has been appointed as the interim Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). He will begin his new role on Monday 17 October, which follows the current MCA Chief Executive Brian Johnson’s retirement. Damien joined the MCA in 2001 and has held a number of high-profile roles including responsibility for major… Read more »

Control room award winners celebrated as community honours unsung heroes

The extraordinary contributions of the behind-the-scenes heroes who work tirelessly to serve and protect the public have been celebrated at the Control Room Awards 2022. The ceremony took place on the opening day of the Emergency Services Show and featured many inspirational stories of professionalism, dedication and resilience. The awards are the only accolades of… Read more »

MCA chief to step down

Brian Johnson has announced that after four years as Chief Executive Officer of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) he will be leaving the post in October 2022.  Sharing the news on the MCA’s LinkedIn feed, Mr Johnson said, “I’ve loved all things maritime for many years – since I was a boy, in fact…. 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 »