£300k boost for falls work

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service has secured more than £300,000 in additional funding for its partnership work assisting uninjured people who have fallen in their own homes. The falls response team was launched in December 2022, with the NHS Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care Board (ICB) and West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS), aimed at reducing… Read more »

First carbon zero fire station for London

Walthamstow Fire Station in North East London is no longer powered by gas and is now using an electric air source heat pump with power provided by solar panels capable of producing 50kw of electricity every day. This power is enough to meet the station’s needs and export power to the national grid; for every… Read more »

Force recognised for its work with young people in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire Police has won an award for its part in helping support children during the school holidays. Nottinghamshire Police worked closely with Nottingham City Council who part funded the work through its Holiday Activity Fund (HAF). Trent Bridge Community Trust and other partners helped to organise the events. The HAF programme began in 2018 when… Read more »

New board to oversee reform of the Met Police

London Mayor Sadiq Khan is setting up the London Policing Board to provide oversight and scrutiny of reform following on from Dame Louise Casey’s damning report into the culture of the Met Police. The new Board is part of a package of measures by the Mayor to accelerate the root and branch reforms of the… Read more »

Report shows good progress for the Police Covenant

The Police Covenant Oversight Board has published its first annual report. Out of its initial 11 objectives, three have been completed and the report provides a further three priorities for the coming year. There is a legal requirement for the Government to report annually to Parliament on issues relating to police welfare, wellbeing and support…. Read more »

Identifying emerging workforce challenges across the emergency services

SFJ Awards has launched its 2023 State of the Workforce Survey to identify critical skills and development shortages at an individual, organisational and systemic level to support the UK government and sector leaders as they plan for the workforce of the future. This is the latest in a series of regular large-scale national surveys to… Read more »

National week of action against knife crime

Police forces across England and Wales are united in a week of action targeting knife crime from the root cause right through to enforcement as part of Operation Sceptre. Now in its eighth year, Operation Sceptre galvanises activity by dedicating a week to intensified activity twice a year. Operation Sceptre showcases the many varied and… Read more »

Welsh Ambulance Service chooses LifeX to improve 999 call response

The Welsh Ambulance Service has introduced new technology to improve the way it responds to 999 calls. It has invested in LifeX from Frequentis to provide telephony and communications services that help control room dispatchers to better communicate with frontline crews and process information in a more streamlined way. The Trust is the largest ambulance… Read more »

Emergency services benefit from zero emission vehicle funding boost

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) has announced that £77m will be made available to support ambitions to build an end-to-end supply chain for zero emission vehicles that includes ambulance and fire and rescue services vehicles. One of seven projects to receive funding from the APC Collaborative Research and Development Programme, the £7.9m HYER POWER project… Read more »