Airwave launches world-leading location tracking service for public safety organisations

Airwave, the leading mission critical voice and data communications provider, has launched its world-leading location tracking service, Collaborate. For the first time, police forces, fire and rescue services and ambulance trusts will be able to proactively share their GPS location data using a truly scalable and secure national platform without having to install new hardware… Read more »

Global award for Hampshire animal rescue specialist

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s Animal Rescue Manager Jim Green, based at Lyndhurst Fire Station, was presented with the Sheri Holmes Memorial Award for Large Animal Rescue Leadership and Excellence at a recent world conference in Adelaide, Australia. Experts at the International Large Animal Rescue Conference recognised Jim’s pioneering work in dealing with incidents involving… Read more »

Phone boxes refurbished in life-saving scheme

The British Coatings Federation (BCF) is partnering with BT and the Community HeartBeat Trust in a new nationwide scheme to install life-saving defibrillators in rural phone boxes. Long Wittenham in Oxfordshire was the first village in the UK to have its red phone box refurbished under the scheme, courtesy of free paint from British Coatings… Read more »

New helicopters for air ambulance services

Midlands Air Ambulance has purchased outright the service’s first helicopter, which will be based at the RAF Cosford airbase in Shropshire. As the UK’s largest and busiest air ambulance service, Midlands Air Ambulance currently leases three EC135 helicopters from Bond Air Services, which are situated at RAF Cosford in Shropshire, Tatenhill in Staffordshire and Strensham… Read more »

Four forces agree to form regional specialist policing service

Four East Midlands police forces have agreed to form a single regional approach to provide specialist services including search teams, armed response units, dog sections and roads policing officers. Police and Crime Commissioners and Chief Constables from Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire have approved a region-wide Operational Support (OS) service, which will significantly increase the… Read more »

Personal thermal imaging device targets consumers

FLIR Systems Inc, a world leader in thermal imaging technology, has announced the launch of FLIR ONE™, the first personal thermal imaging device especially targeted at the consumer market. Unveiled at CES 2014, FLIR ONE places powerful thermal imaging technology in the hands of consumers. It is compact, easy-to-use, compatible with the iPhone5 and 5s… Read more »

First Shannon class lifeboat due at Dungeness

The first of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI’s) newest class of lifeboat, the Shannon, will arrive at Dungeness lifeboat station in Kent on Friday 21 February 2014. The Shannon is the first RNLI all-weather lifeboat to be powered by water jets instead of propellers, making it the most agile all-weather lifeboat in the charity’s… Read more »

Home Office’s £20m reward for police innovation

Every police force in England and Wales will receive a share of a £20m Home Office fund for projects aimed at transforming policing. Investment in body-worn cameras, joint working between police and the fire and rescue service and using technology to improve efficiency were three of the key themes emerging from the scheme. Successful funding… Read more »

Derbyshire plans for shared headquarters

Derbyshire Constabulary and Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service are working together to look at the possibility of a new, shared headquarters. Plans for the new HQ, which are at an early stage, would be subject to planning permission and would be built on the current police headquarters site in Ripley. Design consultants are currently working… Read more »

Call for more joint training for emergency workers

Blue light emergency workers should take part in more joint training, according to a new report. A survey by Skills for Justice, in partnership with the Joint Emergency Services Interoperability Programme (JESIP), has highlighted the lack of joint training opportunities are preventing the police, fire and rescue and ambulance services from working together as effectively… Read more »