Fire and Rescue

Unblur wins new contract with London Fire Brigade

Following a tendering process, Unblur has been awarded the contract to provide London Fire Brigade with an Incident Command Operating System. The directors of Unblur are delighted to announce a commercial agreement with London Fire Brigade for a ten year contract to provide IRIS Core, as their incident command operating system to be used on… Read more »

Dräger launches new thermal imaging camera with one-touch operation

Dräger, an international leader in the fields of medical and safety technology, has launched the UCF® FireVista, a thermal imaging camera (TIC) that can be activated one-handed with just one button, providing split-second access to critical visual support within a firefighting incident. TICs provide vital insight when visibility is significantly reduced due to fire, smoke or… Read more »

New Chief Fire Officer for North Yorkshire confirmed

At a meeting of the North Yorkshire Police, Fire and Crime Panel, members confirmed that Jonathan Dyson is to be appointed as Chief Fire Officer. He will take up the role following the retirement of Jonathan Foster at the end of June. Police Fire and Crime Commissioner, Zoe Metcalfe had previously indicated that Mr Dyson… Read more »

National fire service 999 call redistribution scheme goes live

The National Fire Chiefs Council( NFCC) has announced that new arrangements are in place to assist with the national redistribution of 999 calls into fire and rescue service control rooms during times of significant demand. The Home Office and the National Fire Chiefs Council have worked closely together, in conjunction with British Telecom, to develop… Read more »

Dementia wristbands keep residents safe

As part of Dementia Action Week, Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AF&RS) is urging residents to request dementia wristbands to help keep loved ones safe. According to the Alzheimer’s Society there are currently around 900,000 people in the UK affected by dementia. AF&RS’s wristbands utilise Near Field Communications (NFC) to help protect and safeguard people… Read more »

1,000 apprentice firefighters and counting

SFJ Awards reached an important milestone this week, completing its 1,000th End-Point Assessment in Fire and Rescue. End-Point Assessment (EPA) is the crucial last stage of an apprentice’s journey, testing the knowledge, skills and behaviours gained during their training. Quality assured by Ofqual, SFJ Awards has been an approved independent End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) since 2018 and… Read more »

Joint police and fire HQ provides fresh challenge for social enterprise

Nottinghamshire-based social enterprise Pulp Friction was set up to provide people with disabilities the chance to gain work experience in a busy kitchen. The project first began in the canteen at Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters, in November 2015, with help from Station Manager Chris Emmott. In recent years, Pulp Friction also had a… Read more »

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service boosts drone capability

Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) now has the capability to deploy two operational drones to live incidents as part of its Integrated Risk Management Plan (IRMP) 2021-24. The introduction of operational drones as a deployable asset to an ongoing incident forms just one part of MFRS’s forward thinking and bold IRMP 2021-24, which aims… Read more »

Services combine to buy new rescue jackets for firefighters

South Yorkshire’s firefighters have been kitted out with a new piece of protective clothing, bought as part of a regional collaboration with neighbouring fire and rescue services. The multi-function rescue jackets are worn by firefighters at non-fire rescue incidents like road traffic collisions, as well as small fires in the open. The high visibility, waterproof… Read more »