Fire and Rescue

Too many firefighters prevented from fully supporting public during COVID-19 pandemic, report finds

Dedicated fire and rescue staff stepped up to support the communities they serve during the COVID19 pandemic, but working arrangements between fire and rescue service National Employers and the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) prevented some firefighters from maximising the support they could provide to the public, a report published today has found. HM Inspectorate of… Read more »

National education platform from emergency services launches

StayWise, a free learning platform aimed at pupils aged 3-11, has launched in the UK. The nation’s emergency services have teamed up with a range of national safety charities to produce a new website packed full of their collective safety education resources. StayWise ( brings together the educational resources of the emergency services linked to… Read more »

Equipment donated to protect Gambian communities from COVID-19

Large amounts of personal protective equipment (PPE) were among supplies recently shipped to the Gambia, by Gambia and Avon Fire Services in Partnership (GAFSIP), to help protect local communities from COVID-19. The shipping container, which consisted of a large amount of donated equipment including sewing machines, also included tailored face masks for firefighters and ambulance… Read more »

Digital radio upgrade for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has awarded long-standing partners Radiocoms Systems Ltd and Entel with a contract to deploy a digital radio upgrade across their 42 stations. Steve Mulka, Global Product Manager, Entel, said, “Working closely with the team at Norfolk FRS and after a rigorous evaluation process related to fireground trials for suitability, the… Read more »

Firefighters step up to further assist COVID response

Fire and Rescue Service staff across the country will be providing even more support in the national fight against COVID. The National Fire Chiefs Council has released a range of updated risk assessments, which will allow firefighters and other staff to continue work on COVID-related activities – while taking on more. To support this, 10,000… Read more »

Opening doors to break down barriers to first response emergency care in Thames Valley

Firefighters and paramedics are joining forces to deliver faster response, reduced damage and improved outcomes for Thames Valley residents. Ambulance crews across the country face a common problem when responding to an emergency 999 call for help. It is not uncommon for them to arrive and find that the resident, incapacitated by injury or illness,… Read more »

Electrical safety first for East of England’s firefighters

All six fire and rescue services across the East of England have signed up to a new agreement designed to keep emergency crews and the public safe near high voltage electrical equipment. Electricity firm UK Power Networks created a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), which sets out procedures and responsibilities in the event of an incident… Read more »

Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Authority appoints new Deputy and Assistant Chief Fire Officers

Lynsey McVay has been named as Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service’s (TWFRS’s) first operational female Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO). She was appointed to the permanent position after five months in the role on a temporary basis. In November 2020, Peter Heath was promoted to Deputy Chief Fire Officer (DCFO) – marking a… Read more »

London Fire Brigade appoints three new members to complete Togetherness Strategy Board

London Fire Brigade (LFB) has appointed three external members to its Togetherness Board, to support with the implementation of the brigade’s new inclusion strategy. Ridhima Tomar, Byron Johnson Brown and Dr Renuka Fernando join the Board for a two-year term. Their roles provide strategic leadership and accountability, and they will support the brigade to achieve… Read more »