Blue light services working towards future collaboration

The Chief Fire Officers’ Association (CFOA), the Association of Ambulance Chief Executives (AACE) and the Association of Police Chief Officers (ACPO) have worked together to agree a number of key principles regarding future collaboration as a professional response to the changing financial climate in order to secure public health, safety and wellbeing. Joint working across… Read more »

Recent dramatic weather highlights value of robust plans and procedures

The St Jude’s Day storms in October, followed in December and January by even more extreme weather conditions, have been described as the worst storms to hit the UK since 1987. A tidal surge greater than the one seen in 1953 together with scenes of devastation, power loss to thousands of homes and damage to… Read more »

North Yorkshire Police modernises its organisational support function in new five-year contract with Capita

A new contract to provide North Yorkshire Police with an organisational support solution for HR, training, and duty management was announced on 21 January by Capita Secure Resource Solutions and the force. Worth up to £1.25m over five years, the contract means Capita is now providing organisational support solutions to all four police forces across… Read more »

Review calls for major reform of the Police Federation

The Royal Society of Arts (RSA) published its final report on its Independent Review of the Police Federation of England and Wales this week. Based on the evidence it received, the Review Panel sets out the case for fundamental reform of the Federation’s culture, behaviours, structures and organisation, with the aim of making the Police… Read more »

Mountain Rescue England and Wales appoints new Chair

Mountain Rescue England and Wales has announced that Mike France (right) will take over from David Allan as national Chairman from May 2014. Mike joined his local team, Woodhead MRT in the Peak District, at the age of 18 and has been involved in MREW on a national level for 17 years, most recently as… Read more »

Vehicle conspicuity system with extended performance life

A special high-visibility system designed to make the emergency services stand out from the crowd is now guaranteed to stand the test of time too. Rennicks UK utilised the latest technology to develop a conspicuity material offering top-grade visibility. The system – comprising Nikkalite® Flexible Crystal Grade Microprismatic sheeting – was first launched last year…. Read more »

LED torch gets a grip on safety

The new 3315Z0 LED torch is ideal for fire and rescue personnel; it is compact and features a body with ridges for extra grip particularly with gloves. These ridges prevent the torch from slipping out of your hand even in wet conditions. This lightweight torch and has been developed for first responders and industrial safety… Read more »

New vehicles to help tackle environmental incidents

The Environment Agency and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have unveiled two rapid-response vehicles to help tackle pollution incidents across Hampshire. Known as Environmental Protection Units (EPUs), the specially equipped VW Crafter vehicles will attend a variety of pollution incidents, including fuel and chemical spills. They also carry equipment to assist with flooding incidents and… Read more »

Emergency Services Hub opens in Cheshire

Poynton Fire Station has been transformed into a new emergency service’s hub. Firefighters based at the station will be joined by staff from Cheshire Constabulary and North West Ambulance Service in a bid to create a more efficient service. Chief Fire Officer, Paul Hancock, said, “Shared sites such as this bring our people, equipment and… Read more »