Tayside mountain rescue base boosts emergency response

Emergency rescue operations in the Tayside area were given a massive boost recently with the opening of a new purpose built mountain rescue base. Care charity, St John Scotland, has provided funding for the new base and it’s the first time in the 40 years of organised mountain rescue within the Tayside area that volunteers… Read more »

Supacat Utility Vehicle 600 unveiled

The all-new Supacat Utility Vehicle 600 (SUV 600) cost effectively fills a gap in the market for a rapid response vehicle, which also offers an off-road capability with the agility to access narrow routes and difficult terrain. Using fresh thinking to develop the SUV 600, Supacat has adapted a production standard Land Rover Discovery 4×4… Read more »

Emergency Services Show 2013 proves biggest and best yet

The Emergency Services Show’s move to the NEC in Birmingham has been heralded as a great success after an increase in exhibitors and visitors made the event the biggest and best to date. Exhibitors reported brisk traffic and strong interest from across all the emergency services throughout both days of the show, while visitors enjoyed… Read more »

EST Directory is coming soon…

The EST Directory is a comprehensive online resource for finding people and products in the emergency services. Search for emergency planning, response and recovery organisations in the UK – including the police, ambulance and fire and rescue services, coastguard, Highways Agency and more, and find key personnel at these emergency services. Discover suppliers, manufacturers and,… Read more »

Praise for Warwickshire and West Mercia Police’s response to funding cuts

A government report has praised Warwickshire and West Mercia Police’s responses to the funding challenge and hailed its alliance as one of the most ‘ambitious and extensive collaborations in the country’. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has produced a report for every police force in England and Wales, which examines how they are responding… Read more »

Paramedic helmet available through NHS PPE Framework

The A7A paramedic helmet from Vimpex is available through the new NHS Ambulance Service PPE Framework, which has now been let. This enables all UK ambulance services and other qualifying public bodies to source the country’s most popular paramedic helmet at a uniform nationwide price. The Pacific Helmets A7A is fast becoming the standard-issue helmet… Read more »

Student Responder Scheme launches with its own vehicle

South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) Community Liaison and Training Officers David England and Ian Jones, working together with Oxford University Medical School, have launched the first Student First Responder Scheme in England to have its own response vehicle. Over the past few weeks SCAS has recruited 48 volunteers from fourth and fifth… Read more »

National AIDS Trust calls on police to update their guidance on HIV

NAT (National AIDS Trust) is calling on all UK police forces to ensure their guidance and policies on HIV are up-to-date – and to use NAT’s new resource ‘HIV: A guide for Police Forces’ for this purpose. ‘HIV: A guide for police forces’ is endorsed by BHIVA (the British HIV Association) and includes information about how HIV… Read more »

Hampshire FRS national champions at UK Rescue Challenge

After battling against 36 other teams in road traffic collision scenarios, Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has been crowned National Extrication Champions at the UK Rescue Challenge. More than 400 people flocked to see the spectacle involving hundreds of firefighters competing in a range of skill areas, in a specially constructed area near the BT… Read more »