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Hamad Medical adds command and control vehicle to its connected fleet

With The Emergency Services Show (ESS) postponed until April 2021, Emergency Services Times (EST)visited Excelerate Technology’s Tech Week event at its Cardiff HQ for a tour of the company’s latest incident command and control vehicle – developed for Hamad Medical Corporation, the principal public healthcare provider in Qatar – which would have formed the centrepiece… Read more »

Mental health focus for first Emergency Services Show webinar

Over 1100 people registered to view an online discussion from industry experts on mental health for emergency services staff, which took place on 10 October, which was World Mental Health Day. Supported by Oscar Kilo and Mental Health First Aid England, viewers were treated to a lively and practical discussion of issues that particularly affect… Read more »

Derbyshire Constabulary goes live with VR Taser training

Police officers at Derbyshire Constabulary are using a virtual reality (VR) platform to help train in the use of Taser devices. In a UK first, the kit sees officers placed in different scenarios using VR headsets. The Taser training team, based at the Constabulary’s headquarters in Ripley, is also carrying out a study in conjunction… Read more »

WMAS launches the UK’s first 100% electric emergency ambulance

West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) has taken a major step forward in reducing its impact on the environment by launching the first fully electric emergency ambulance. WMAS is at the forefront of developing ambulance technology along with its partner, conversion specialist VCS of Bradford, through the company’s unique construction method to ensure the ambulances are… Read more »

Assistive AI technology

Hexagon’s Safety & Infrastructure division has introduced HxGN OnCall® Dispatch | Smart Advisor, the industry’s first assistive artificial intelligence (AI) technology designed to help public safety agencies detect and respond to complex emergencies sooner. Using AI, advanced statistics and machine learning (ML), Smart Advisor mines operational data in real-time to fill blind spots and alert… Read more »

Feedback from the frontline for Wolf Safety’s new torch

Candid feedback from Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service has enabled Wolf Safety to verify how effectively its new TR-65 right-angle torch performs on the fire fighting frontline. Following a competitive tender and evaluation procedure, Norfolk’s FRS ordered 500 torches, enabling its firefighters to be the first in the UK to benefit from the product’s innovative… Read more »

Fire and rescue service apprentices get a new boost

The National Fire Chiefs Council (NFCC) has partnered with Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service to provide end-point assessments for fire apprentices. The EPA Partnership is a new organisation and demonstrates the NFCC’s long term commitment to fire apprenticeships. There are approximately 1000 firefighter apprentices in England who are working towards the operational firefighter apprentice qualification…. Read more »

Janet Cooper OBE appointed as RNLI Deputy Chair

Janet Cooper OBE has been appointed as a Deputy Chair for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). The Deputy Chair’s role is to support the RNLI Chairman, Stuart Popham, in providing direction and leadership to the RNLI Board and Council, enabling the Trustees and Council to fulfil their responsibilities for the governance and strategic direction… Read more »