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Successful suppliers for £750m decarbonisation framework revealed

Procurement organisation and social enterprise Fusion21 has announced the suppliers successfully appointed to its new £750m decarbonisation framework. 50 specialist firms, including SMEs and multinational suppliers, are on the four-year framework which features ‘Lot 2 Decarbonisation of Public & Education Buildings (worth up to £250 million)’ developed for the blue light sector to access, as… Read more »

Police Scotland invests in new digital technology for 999 and 101 services

Police Scotland is introducing a new digital contact platform that will protect and strengthen its critical 999 and non-emergency 101 services for the future. The new digital technology will replace the current analogue telephony infrastructure, and bring greater resilience to 999 and 101 services, which are essential to enabling the public to contact the police… Read more »

Pioneering immersive learning project launched in partnership with Greater Manchester Police

Bolton-headquartered EdTech firm, Near-Life, has successfully launched a ground-breaking immersive learning programme for Greater Manchester Police (GMP) that will support their work tackling Child Sexual Exploitation and protect some of the most vulnerable members of society. The pilot was awarded £241,000 in funding from Innovate UK in November 2020 to accelerate the development of an… Read more »

National Police Wellbeing Service launches ‘Better Sleep’ toolkit

Oscar Kilo, the National Police Wellbeing, has teamed up with the Sleep Scientist, Dr Sophie Bostock, to launch a new ‘Better Sleep Toolkit’ aimed at supporting police officers, staff and volunteers with fatigue and sleep problems. Andy Rhodes, Service Director for Oscar Kilo, said, “We have undertaken extensive work around sleep and fatigue, after it… Read more »

VCS places first on new NHS national framework for ambulance converters

VCS, one of the UK’s leading ambulance conversion specialists, has achieved the highest combined score of all bidders in the new NHS Collaborative Procurement Hub Framework Agreement for Ambulance and Specialist Vehicle Conversions. Assessed on its technical ability, exceptional quality and financial offers, the Bradford-based manufacturer is now positioned at the top of the framework…. Read more »

Multi-lingual life-saving training aid

A life-saving training aid has been produced in four additional languages to help more people learn how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust launched the Pillow Partner last year as a simple, effective and inexpensive way of learning how to save the life of someone in cardiac arrest. And now the… Read more »

MSA Bristol delivers for North Yorkshire FRS

Firefighters across North Yorkshire are sporting smart new kit, following the recent delivery of new PPE from MSA Bristol. Last year, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service (FRS) ordered top-to-toe structural fire fighting kit for 670 firefighters working out of 38 stations across the county, working to a go-live date of 25October. Purchased through the… Read more »

New chair of police and NCA pay bodies appointed

The Prime Minister has appointed Zoë Billingham as the new Chair of the Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) and the National Crime Agency Remuneration Review Body (NCARRB). The appointment follows a robust open competition, conducted in line with the Governance Code on Public Appointments. Zoë took up her appointment on 13 January, on a term… Read more »

Avon Fire Authority select preferred candidate for new Chief Fire Officer

Avon Fire Authority has named Assistant Chief Fire Officer (ACFO) Simon Shilton (pictured above) as its preferred candidate for the position of Avon Fire and Rescue Service (AFRS) Chief Fire Officer, following a rigorous recruitment process. Simon Shilton currently holds the position of ACFO for Service Delivery Support at AFRS responsible for portfolios including training,… Read more »