SECAmb trialling electric hybrid vehicle

South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SECAmb) is trialling a new electric hybrid vehicle in its A&E fleet. The Volvo V60 D6 Plug-in Hybrid is currently being trialled by a small group of staff operating out of the Hastings area. SECAmb will be exploring the potential savings in both running costs and its… Read more »

Police award for ambulance ‘make ready’ hub

An ambulance preparation and maintenance hub in Birmingham has been presented with an award from West Midlands Police. The ‘Secured by Design’ accreditation was in recognition of its build and layout, designed to reduce the opportunity for crime and anti-social behaviour. It was presented to West Midlands Ambulance Service at its newly-built premises in Hollymoor… Read more »

In-vehicle visor has universal appeal

A unique and simple identification product for unmarked vehicles on official duty, the Univisor is used by organisations worldwide. The device clips onto the vehicle’s sun visor and, when the visor is down, makes the vehicle’s purpose instantly recognisable. The design has now taken a step forward with the advent of the LED Univisor, which… Read more »

Tactical boot range has good support

The Tracerlite ET1006, part of the 8in Tracerlite Tactical Footwear range, provides full ankle support and protection. It features a composite toe and a toe bump cap on the outer; critical in any role where risk demands an extra level of safety protection for both the wearer and the boot. The boot is constructed from… Read more »

New Chief Fire Officer for Gloucestershire

Stewart Edgar from the Highlands and Islands of Scotland joined Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service on 24 February as the county’s new Chief Fire Officer. Stewart’s association with the fire and rescue service began in 1991, when he joined Tayside Fire Brigade as a retained firefighter. He was successful in becoming a full-time firefighter in… Read more »

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 »