Fire and Rescue

New Chief Fire Officer for Greater Manchester

Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service (GMFRS) will welcome a new Chief Fire Officer later this year. Dave Russel (left), currently Deputy Chief Fire Officer at Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service (LFRS), will take over the helm from current Chief Fire Officer Jim Wallace, whose two-year contract finishes at the end of August. Mayor of… Read more »

Avon Protection partners with Venari Group for thermal imaging camera distribution

High-performance equipment manufacturer, Avon Protection, has announced Venari Group as its new distributor of thermal imaging cameras (TICs) for the UK fire market. The agreement will see Venari commence distributorship of Avon’s ‘argus’ range of TICs with immediate effect. The British-manufactured argus technology has been a market leader within the British fire and rescue industry for three… Read more »

Drone collaboration gives Incident Commanders a different perspective

Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service (CFRS) has invested in new equipment to help respond to incidents. As part of a unique collaboration with the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Joint Protective Services (BCH JPS) police command, new drones are being rolled out which will assist firefighters in their response to a wide range of incidents and… Read more »

Vulnerable residents receive lifeline from Oxfordshire Community Safety Officer

When Community Safety Officer, Tara Clarke, visits Oxfordshire residents’ homes, she might be the first person they’ve seen in four months. That’s the reality of care and safety in a COVID-19 world. Some of the most vulnerable people in Oxfordshire rely on relatives and neighbours to check their well-being, but that support is less readily… Read more »

New kit and vehicles for Norfolk’s firefighters

Firefighters across Norfolk have received £1.44m of new kit as part of an investment by Norfolk County Council in technology and equipment. In addition, five new multi-purpose tactical response vehicles (TRV) are due to be put into service this month, to enhance NFRS’s capability in extreme weather conditions and at difficult to reach locations. These… Read more »

Consultation launched on doubling maximum sentence for assaulting an emergency worker

Anyone who assaults or attacks emergency workers could face longer jail terms, as a consultation on doubling the maximum penalty for the offence is launched today. In 2018 this Government changed the law (Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018) so that anyone found guilty of assaulting a police officer, firefighter, prison officer or paramedic… Read more »

Bedfordshire FRS pioneers cloud-based control room solutions from Motorola Solutions

Motorola Solutions has announced that Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) is the first fire and rescue service in the UK to utilise the combined Motorola Solutions cloud-based control room solution CommandCentral CRS, the data storage solution CommandCentral Vault as well as the integrated CAD solution delivered by Motorola Solutions partner 3tc. By upgrading its… Read more »

Cambridgeshire FRS confirms ACFO appointment

Members of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Fire Authority have approved the appointment of Jon Anderson (left) as an Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO). Chairman of the authority, Councillor Kevin Reynolds, said, “We are delighted to confirm Jon in the role and offer our congratulations after a challenging process. Jon has showed his passion and drive… Read more »

UK fire and rescue services reap Collaborative PPE Framework benefits

Thirty-three fire and rescue services (FRSs), comprising over 33,500 firefighters, are now benefiting from the Local Authority Collaborative PPE Framework. Launched three years ago, in June 2017, the framework gives UK FRSs access to high quality PPE ensembles and volume discounts through a streamlined procurement process. The framework was set up in response to calls… Read more »