Fire and Rescue

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 »

Capita delivers live video-streaming software to Surrey and West Sussex fire and rescue services

Capita plc is to deliver its 999eye live video-streaming and location-finding service to Surrey Fire and Rescue Service and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service. Both services are mobilised from a single control room. 999eye enables callers to live stream videos directly to control room operators. When a 999 call is received, the caller will… Read more »

Digital radio upgrade for Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service

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

Northumberland FRS appoints new Deputy Chief Fire Officer

Graeme Binning has been appointed Northumberland Fire and Rescue Service’s (NFRS) Deputy Chief Fire Officer (DCFO), following an extensive selection process. Graeme, who was born in Stirling, in Scotland, joins NFRS from the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, where he was Area Manager/Local Senior Officer for East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire and Inverclyde. In this role he… Read more »

Fire service wins global award for South Yorkshire flooding recovery

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue has been awarded ‘Most Effective Recovery’ at the Business Continuity Institute’s Global Awards for its work on recovery from flooding, which hit South Yorkshire last autumn. The award, presented to the service’s Resilience, Planning and Contingencies team at a virtual ceremony, recognises organisations which have effectively managed major incidents. South… Read more »

New Assistant Chief Fire Officers appointed to Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service

Shropshire and Wrekin Fire and Rescue Authority, the body responsible for overseeing the work of the fire and rescue service, has announced the appointment of two, senior posts. From January, the Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO) posts will report directly to the Chief Fire Officer, filling one existing vacancy and replacing another – the current… Read more »