EEAST appoints new Chief Executive

Following a competitive recruitment process, the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) has appointed Tom Abell as its new permanent Chief Executive. Tom, currently Deputy Chief Executive at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, will formally take up his role in the autumn. Nicola Scrivings, Chair, EEAST, said, “Tom brings significant experience in the… Read more »

Avon’s firefighters show student paramedics the ropes

Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AFRS) has successfully delivered the second familiarisation training programme to the newest cohort of student paramedics at the University of the West of England (UWE), in partnership with the South West Ambulance Service (SWAST). The course aimed to provide an insight into the varied and technical responses that AFRS provides,… Read more »

Grenfell grant buys life-saving smoke hoods for Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service firefighters can now use smoke hoods, similar to gas masks, to help them rescue people trapped in fires, particularly in high-rise buildings. The hoods, which allow trapped people to breathe for 15 minutes, can be worn over their heads while firefighters lead them to safety through a smoke-filled environment if… Read more »

Finalists revealed for awards celebrating heroes of the control room

Finalists have been revealed for awards recognising the extraordinary dedication and selfless service to the public provided by control room heroes across the country. The fourth annual APD Control Room Awards are being staged as a virtual event and will provide a vital opportunity to celebrate the inspiring work of control room teams and individuals… Read more »

South East Coast Ambulance Service appoints Executive Director of Operations

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) has announced the appointment of a new Executive Director of Operations. Emma Williams, previously SECAmb’s Deputy Director of Operations, was appointed on an interim basis when former Executive Director Joe Garcia retired but now takes on the new role following an extensive recruitment and selection process…. Read more »

Surrey and West Sussex fire and rescue services launch Capita’s emergency video software

Surrey and West Sussex are the two latest fire and rescue services planning to go live with Capita’s 999eye live video-streaming and location-finding service. Supporting 50 fire stations across both counties and covering an area of almost 1400 square miles, 999eye enables emergency operators to have ‘eyes’ on the scene to help assess the… Read more »

Rugged technology for the frontline

Words: Hamish Findlay, Public Sector Lead – UK & Nordics, Getac UK Ltd. Calls to get more police back on the streets have been growing steadily throughout the UK over the past few years. Not only does an increased police presence help reduce crime in targeted hotspots and lower national crime statistics, but seeing a… Read more »

Telent to support major communications refresh in ambulances across England

Telent has been awarded a major contract to upgrade the mobile communications devices in all 11 NHS Ambulance Trusts across England. The contract, which is managed by the NHS Ambulance Radio Programme (ARP), will allow for a more effective and reliable mobilisation communications platform, improving the ability to meet challenging response times for frontline ambulance… Read more »