1,000 apprentice firefighters and counting

SFJ Awards reached an important milestone this week, completing its 1,000th End-Point Assessment in Fire and Rescue. End-Point Assessment (EPA) is the crucial last stage of an apprentice’s journey, testing the knowledge, skills and behaviours gained during their training. Quality assured by Ofqual, SFJ Awards has been an approved independent End-Point Assessment Organisation (EPAO) since 2018 and… Read more »

Blue Light Services signs joint venture to meet increased demand for bespoke ambulance conversions

Blue Light Services Specialist Vehicles Limited (BLS), a leading ambulance conversion company in the UK supplying vehicles to over 75 private ambulance companies and the NHS have entered into a Joint Venture Agreement with Rodriguez Lopez Auto (RLA) in order to increase the supply of vehicles and meet the demands of the increasing client base… Read more »

Sodexo awarded seven-year property services integrator contract with Metropolitan Police

Sodexo has been awarded a £45m contract with the Metropolitan Police to manage its estate and property related services across London. The seven-year property services integrator contract, with an extension opportunity for a further three years, will see Sodexo’s property professional services team work with the UK’s largest police service to manage its estate. This includes:… Read more »

Services combine to buy new rescue jackets for firefighters

South Yorkshire’s firefighters have been kitted out with a new piece of protective clothing, bought as part of a regional collaboration with neighbouring fire and rescue services. The multi-function rescue jackets are worn by firefighters at non-fire rescue incidents like road traffic collisions, as well as small fires in the open. The high visibility, waterproof… Read more »

Safelocking offers bespoke access control

The modern workplace, be it in the public or private sector, presents unique challenges to today’s security professionals. Keeping large numbers of keys, vehicles and devices all safe, and yet accessible at all times for authorised staff, is enabled by the use of a IQ key and asset management system. Whether it is permanent staff… Read more »

Oxfordshire FRS invests in independently performed risk modelling

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service (OFRS) has a systems approach to integrated risk management. This prioritises the delivery of statutory duties to reduce risk and vulnerability in Oxfordshire. As part of its prevention programme, it plans to improve efficiencies by targeting communities and individuals in most need of support. OFRS already benefits from using Cadcorp… Read more »

Digital voice recording offers secure solution for Lancashire Constabulary

A combination of encrypted, user-friendly digital dictation management software and hardware from Voice Technologies has replaced Lancashire Constabulary’s unsecure audio recorders. Lancashire Constabulary’s armed response unit and their negotiators are required to document and audio record specific interactions while deployed to an incident, either in person or by phone. Officers complained their hand-held audio recorders… Read more »