Firefighters to take on additional duties in fight against COVID-19

Firefighters will be able to deliver food and medicines, drive ambulances, and retrieve dead bodies during the coronavirus outbreak in an unprecedented agreement between the Fire Brigades Union (FBU), fire chiefs, and Fire and Rescue Employers. For the first time, all three stakeholder groups have agreed a joint national approach to the crisis. The fire… Read more »

Police Federation fights for toughened laws with COVID-19 being used as weapon

With the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) warning ‘coronavirus coughs’ at key workers could be charged as common assault, the Police Federation of England and Wales (PFEW) has called for more robust laws to be introduced if the situation worsens. This week has seen a handful of incidents where police officers have been coughed or spat… Read more »

Over 560,000 answer NHS call for volunteer army

The NHS is ‘rallying the troops’ for the war on coronavirus, with volunteers being called up to help vulnerable people stay safe and well at home. As of Thursday morning (26 March) over 560,000 people had answered the call, leading the Government to raise its original target of 250,000 volunteers to 750,000. The volunteers are… Read more »

Cloud platform allows Humberside FRS anytime, anywhere access for mobile teams

Infographics has announced that Humberside Fire and Rescue Service has moved to the FireWatch Cloud – a fully-managed service based on the Microsoft Azure platform. The new FireWatch Cloud solution will provide a resilient architecture, flexible access to the FireWatch integrated fire service management platform from remote locations, and includes software upgrade services and other… Read more »

Home Office introduces new Fire Safety Bill

The Home Office has introduced a new bill to improve fire safety in buildings in England and Wales. The proposed Fire Safety Bill builds on action already taken to ensure that people feel safe in their homes, and a tragedy like the Grenfell Tower fire never happens again. The bill will amend the Fire Safety… Read more »

Police forces awarded extra funding for Taser

Thousands more police officers will be equipped with Taser under a Home Office-funded uplift. Forces in England and Wales will receive £6.7m to purchase 8155 devices, the Home Office has announced. This could mean more than 8000 more officers will be able to carry Taser. A total of 41 forces submitted bids and all will… Read more »

Frequentis supports transition to Emergency Services Network

Frequentis will work with the Home Office to ensure that Frequentis control room operators have access to a fully approved and easy to use interface into the new Emergency Services Network (ESN) for all their mission-critical communications. ESN will replace the current Airwave service used by the emergency services in Great Britain, enhancing mission critical… Read more »

Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex rated Outstanding by CQC

Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS) has been rated outstanding by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) across all five of its inspection key lines of enquiry – a level only achieved by a very small proportion of the UK’s CQC-inspected healthcare organisations. It is the first Helicopter Emergency Medical Service to achieve this top rating… Read more »

New police training centre planned for Norfolk

Norfolk’s Police and Crime Commissioner Lorne Green and Chief Constable Simon Bailey have announced plans for a ‘first-class’ police training facility, which will open in the heart of Norfolk later this year. It is hoped the new centre will help meet the force’s growing demand and more complex crime profiles. With more than 600 officers… Read more »