Excelerate successful in 5G RuralDorset Consortium bid to boost rural connectivity

A bid led by Dorset Council has been awarded £4.335m to help understand how rural communities could benefit from next-generation mobile connectivity. Four trials in the county will look at innovative public, social and business uses of improved mobile coverage and test whether this connectivity can provide improved coverage and higher quality connectivity. Excelerate Technology… Read more »

Venari Group and Ziegler Group announce fire fighting partnership

West Yorkshire-based Venari Group has announced a major manufacturing partnership agreement with German fire fighting truck and equipment manufacturer; Ziegler Group. The partnership will, for the first time, see Ziegler’s extensive range of world class products built in the UK for the British fire fighting and rescue market. Venari and Ziegler have made the joint… Read more »

Unprecedented deal signed between NHS and Jaguar Land Rover

Jaguar Land Rover UK and Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust have confirmed a fleet of 700 Jaguar I-PACE vehicles for public sector staff across the country. The agreement via Northumbria Healthcare’s NHS Fleet Solutions, will give staff from more than 200 organisations access to lease the Jaguar’s all-electric I-PACE over a three-year period. Sir James… Read more »

Avon FRS introduces electric vans into its vehicle fleet

Avon Fire and Rescue Service (Avon FRS) has introduced its first electric vehicles into its fleet. Based at Bedminster fire station, the two electric vans will be used by the Community Fire Safety team and will help ensure the team reduce their emissions ahead of the Bristol and Bath Clean Air Zones in 2020. Along… Read more »

Emergency services join forces to say ‘Don’t Cross the Line’

Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, Humberside Police, East Midlands Ambulance Service and Yorkshire Ambulance Service have launched their ‘Don’t Cross the Line’ campaign, which aims to reduce the number of attacks on emergency services workers. During the period of April 2018 to March 2019, Humberside Fire and Rescue Service reported a total of 17 attacks…. Read more »

Services in Nottinghamshire join forces on new drone

Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service and Nottinghamshire Police have joined forces to launch a new operational drone resource. The drones will be available for both Nottinghamshire Police and Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service (NFRS) to use for a range of operational incidents and scenarios, delivering an improved service across the communities they serve. A dedicated… Read more »

New £8m ambulance station for Cardiff will boost productivity

A multi-million pound new ambulance station is coming to Cardiff. Welsh Government is investing £8m in a facility in the capital’s Pontprennau area, which will be the new home for emergency and non-emergency crews currently based in Blackweir. Emergency crews will collect their vehicles from the new station at the start of their shift and… Read more »

Security & Policing 2020: take part in immersive experiences

The official UK Government global security event, Security and Policing, returns between 3-5 March, offering a world-class opportunity to meet, network and discuss the latest advances in delivering national security and resilience with UK suppliers, colleagues and Government officials. Hosted by the Home Office’s Joint Security & Resilience Centre (JSaRC), the event brings together over… Read more »

Unlocking the innovation potential in European crisis management

Crisis management practitioners, researchers, policymakers and solutions providers with an interest in innovation are invited to attend the EU-funded DRIVER+ project’s international emergency management conference, which takes place from 19-20 February at the BluePoint conference centre in Brussels. Registration to the event is required and free of charge. The DRIVER+ Advanced Crisis Management Conference is… Read more »

New AFOA Chair outlines vision for 2020

Providing platforms to engage with the industry and promote excellence in aviation fire fighting will be priorities for the Airport Fire Officers Association (AFOA) in the coming year. This is according to AFOA’s new Chairman John Purdy (above), who has taken over from Gatwick Airport’s Chief Fire Officer, Simon Petts after four years in the… Read more »