Fire and Rescue

Fire and rescue service staff support vaccination rollout

Vaccination sites around Cambridgeshire are being supported by Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service staff pitching in to help with getting residents immunised against COVID-19. Staff from across all areas of the service, from emergency call handlers and support staff to fire officers and both on-call and wholetime firefighters, have all been giving help at vaccination… Read more »

Firefighters step up to support roll out of vaccination programme

Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service has willingly taken the opportunity to join with local authorities to boost support for the COVID-19 vaccination roll out. More than 40 firefighters and support staff have initially volunteered for roles. They will be involved with assisting wheelchair users access vaccination centres safely, traffic and crowd management and logistical support… Read more »

MSA Safety acquires firefighter PPE manufacturer Bristol Uniforms

Global safety equipment manufacturer MSA Safety Incorporated has acquired UK-based Bristol Uniforms in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $60m (approximately £44m). The acquisition strengthens MSA’s position as a global leader in fire and rescue service PPE products while providing an avenue to expand its business in the UK and key European markets. Headquartered in… Read more »

New Turntable Ladders go on the run in Mid and West Wales

Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS) has upgraded its aerial rescue provisions. On 4 January 2021, three new Turntable Ladders were made operationally active by MAWWFRS and went on the run at Morriston, Aberystwyth and Haverfordwest fire stations. Group Manager Ricky Woodhead said, “We’re delighted to bring in these state-of-the-art appliances into… Read more »

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 »