Identifying emerging workforce challenges across the emergency services

SFJ Awards has launched its 2023 State of the Workforce Survey to identify critical skills and development shortages at an individual, organisational and systemic level to support the UK government and sector leaders as they plan for the workforce of the future. This is the latest in a series of regular large-scale national surveys to… Read more »

National week of action against knife crime

Police forces across England and Wales are united in a week of action targeting knife crime from the root cause right through to enforcement as part of Operation Sceptre. Now in its eighth year, Operation Sceptre galvanises activity by dedicating a week to intensified activity twice a year. Operation Sceptre showcases the many varied and… Read more »

Welsh Ambulance Service chooses LifeX to improve 999 call response

The Welsh Ambulance Service has introduced new technology to improve the way it responds to 999 calls. It has invested in LifeX from Frequentis to provide telephony and communications services that help control room dispatchers to better communicate with frontline crews and process information in a more streamlined way. The Trust is the largest ambulance… Read more »

Emergency services benefit from zero emission vehicle funding boost

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has announced that £77m will be made available to support ambitions to build an end-to-end supply chain for zero emission vehicles that includes ambulance and fire and rescue services vehicles. One of seven projects to receive funding from the APC Collaborative Research and Development Programme, the £7.9m HYER POWER project… Read more »

Another step forward for a greener fleet

London Ambulance Service (LAS) is updating its ambulance fleet with help from MAN and has been listening to its staff to make sure they meet all their needs, and meet London’s stringent emission standards. The service announced the delivery of the first nine bespoke ambulances and revealed that their design had been the result of… Read more »

Home Secretary appoints two new inspectors

Home Secretary Suella Braverman has announced the appointments of Lee Freeman KPM and Michelle Skeer QPM as new inspectors of police and fire and rescue services. They will both take up the dual roles of His Majesty’s Inspector of Constabulary in England and Wales and Inspector of Fire and Rescue in England. Lee Freeman will leave his role as… Read more »

Green boost to London Ambulance fleet

A fleet of electric Mustang Mach-E cars has hit the capital’s streets as part of London Ambulance Service’s mission to ‘green up’ its vehicles. Seven of the iconic cars are already in use with a further 35 being delivered over the next few weeks, making this the biggest fully electric fleet of Fast Response Units… Read more »

Greater Manchester Police piracy operation recognised at FACT Excellence Awards

Greater Manchester Police has been recognised for an operation targeting intellectual property rights that saw more then £250,000 in criminal cash recovered. Financial fraud investigator Keith Graham and Inspector Andy Torkington both received FACT Excellence Awards for their part in Operation Crawler. Former GMP Detective Constable Paul Bayliss, who has now moved to West Midlands Police,… Read more »