Fire and Rescue

Fire and rescue service apprentices get a new boost

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has partnered with Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service to provide end-point assessments for fire apprentices. The EPA Partnership is a new organisation and demonstrates the NFCC’s long term commitment to fire apprenticeships. There are approximately 1000 firefighter apprentices in England who are working towards the operational firefighter apprentice qualification…. Read more »

Capita’s software to support North Wales Fire and Rescue’s transition to ESN

Capita plc (Capita) has secured a five-year contract worth £788,000 to deliver an integrated communication control system to North Wales Fire and Rescue Service (NWFRS), to support its transition to the new Emergency Services Network (ESN). Capita’s DS3000 software solution will support NWFRS in transforming its control room operations and will maintain connectivity to both… Read more »

Avon FRS and Airbus pioneer new Incident Command software

Avon Fire and Rescue Service (Avon FRS) and Airbus have pioneered new Incident Command software in response to Grenfell and service requirements. Developed in collaboration from the outset, SAFEcommand Incident Command software is the first step for Avon FRS in fully digitising the incident ground by bringing together operational information, mapping, GPS data, communications and… Read more »

Cornwall FRS goes for gold with new structural fire fighting PPE

Firefighters across Cornwall are wearing new PPE, procured through the UK Collaborative PPE Framework. All 560 firefighters in the county have been equipped with two sets of new gold-coloured structural coats and trousers, along with flash hoods, and a set of both structural and rescue gloves. The new PPE, designed and manufactured by Bristol Uniforms,… Read more »

£4.8m investment for Lincolnshire specialist vehicle conversion business

As part of exciting expansion plans, specialist vehicle conversion business, Cartwright Conversions Ltd has been bought by the owners of Sheffield-based company Trek Group. Cartwright Conversions Ltd was a subsidiary of the Cartwright Group, which recently went into administration. The new company will now be known as Cartwright Vehicle Conversions Ltd and is based in… Read more »

First Defence firefighter training courses begin at the Fire Service College

The first tranche of Defence firefighters have successfully completed their first week of training at the Fire Service College, in Moreton-in-Marsh. Capita is responsible for training all Defence firefighters as part of its contract with the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to deliver the Defence Fire and Rescue Project, and is investing in and modernising the… Read more »

Peugeot supports police and fire authorities with new fleet of over 1500 vehicles

Peugeot has delivered 611 vehicles to 38 different police and fire and rescue services across the UK to support their daily operational needs. The latest delivery forms part of an order for over 1500 new cars and vans by the 38 different authorities. The vehicles ordered include the all-new 208 and e-208, 308, 508, the… Read more »

New aerial ladders to hit London’s streets

New aerial ladders that are more responsive to drive, faster to set up and with greater rescue capabilities are soon to hit the streets of London as the brigade continues to improve its ability to deal with high rise incidents. Twelve new 32m appliances known as turntable ladders are part of the aerial replacement project… Read more »

‘Escape hoods’ safety boost for West Midlands fire victims

New ‘fire escape hoods’, designed to protect fire victims from smoke and fumes, are set to be carried on all West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) emergency response vehicles.  The service’s 41 fire appliances, 19 Brigade Response Vehicles and a specialist breathing apparatus support unit will be equipped with the hoods from Monday 7 September 2020…. Read more »

Dräger launches ‘Health for the Firefighter’ campaign in response to firefighters’ health concerns

Dräger, an international leader in medical and safety technology, is launching its ‘Health for the Firefighter’ campaign to support fire and rescue services in driving the cultural changes that are required to protect firefighter health. The launch follows a survey* of UK firefighters that found considerable concern over the impact of exposure to contaminants on… Read more »