Fire and Rescue

Avon’s firefighters show student paramedics the ropes

Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AFRS) has successfully delivered the second familiarisation training programme to the newest cohort of student paramedics at the University of the West of England (UWE), in partnership with the South West Ambulance Service (SWAST). The course aimed to provide an insight into the varied and technical responses that AFRS provides,… Read more »

Grenfell grant buys life-saving smoke hoods for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service firefighters can now use smoke hoods, similar to gas masks, to help them rescue people trapped in fires, particularly in high-rise buildings. The hoods, which allow trapped people to breathe for 15 minutes, can be worn over their heads while firefighters lead them to safety through a smoke-filled environment if… Read more »

Surrey and West Sussex fire and rescue services launch Capita’s emergency video software

Surrey and West Sussex are the two latest fire and rescue services planning to go live with Capita’s 999eye live video-streaming and location-finding service. Supporting 50 fire stations across both counties and covering an area of almost 1400 square miles, 999eye enables emergency operators to have ‘eyes’ on the scene to help assess the… Read more »

National Fire Chiefs Council welcomes new Chair

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) welcomed its new Chair on 1 April 2021 for an initial two-year period. Mark Hardingham, formerly Chief Fire Officer for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service, brings a wealth of experience to the role and has expressed his ‘huge honour’ to be undertaking the position and is looking forward to… Read more »

Devon and Somerset on-call firefighters make history

This week, six on-call firefighters from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service made history when they completed the End Point Assessment of the operational firefighter apprenticeship. This is a national first – it is usually only wholetime firefighters who take this apprenticeship. Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service is breaking boundaries in offering… Read more »

Drone technology to give AFRS a new perspective in responding to incidents

Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AFRS) has invested in new drone technology to assist in responding to fires, searching for missing people and supporting larger scale rescues. Two new drones will be used to improve the service’s response to incidents, including large fires, road traffic collisions and major incidents. Rescues from heights and on water… Read more »