Fire and Rescue

‘Escape hoods’ safety boost for West Midlands fire victims

New ‘fire escape hoods’, designed to protect fire victims from smoke and fumes, are set to be carried on all West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS) emergency response vehicles.  The service’s 41 fire appliances, 19 Brigade Response Vehicles and a specialist breathing apparatus support unit will be equipped with the hoods from Monday 7 September 2020…. Read more »

Dräger launches ‘Health for the Firefighter’ campaign in response to firefighters’ health concerns

Dräger, an international leader in medical and safety technology, is launching its ‘Health for the Firefighter’ campaign to support fire and rescue services in driving the cultural changes that are required to protect firefighter health. The launch follows a survey* of UK firefighters that found considerable concern over the impact of exposure to contaminants on… Read more »

Capita integrates what3words into ControlWorks to support emergency services

Capita plc has integrated location finding app what3words into its ControlWorks solution to enable emergency services to respond to incidents when callers are unable to describe their exact location. This completes the integration of what3words into Capita’s control room solutions portfolio, enabling all clients globally to access this additional capability. Capita provides ControlWorks to a… Read more »

Avon Fire and Rescue Service creates wellbeing spaces to support staff

Avon Fire and Rescue Service has opened five wellbeing spaces to support and improve staff mental health, providing spaces to unwind, reflect and relax. Following the unprecedented period of COVID-19, and the various traumatic incidents that firefighters attend throughout their careers, the service believes that these wellbeing spaces are key for mental health. To date,… Read more »

New Chair for the National Fire Chiefs Council announced

A new Chair for the National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has been appointed, with effect from 1 April 2021. Mark Hardingham (left), currently Chief Fire Officer for Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service – and Chair of NFCC’s Protection and Business Safety Committee – will take up the role in April 2021 for an initial two-year… Read more »

Capita signs network infrastructure contract with Transport for London

Capita plc (Capita) has secured a contract with Transport for London (TfL) to design and deliver key elements of the network infrastructure that will underpin the upcoming Emergency Services Network (ESN) throughout the London Underground. ESN is a programme led and directly funded by the Home Office to deliver a new emergency services mobile communications… Read more »

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 »