Firefighters vote to accept pay offer

Firefighters and control room staff across the UK have accepted a new pay deal to end their dispute over pay. 96 per cent of Fire Brigades Union members voted to accept the pay offer on an 84 per cent turnout. The pay settlement is for 7 per cent backdated to July 2022, plus an additional… Read more »

Rivus wins major contract from Met Police

Fleet management expert, Rivus, has been awarded multiple maintenance and repair contracts for the Metropolitan Police Service from 1 November 2023.   Following a rigorous, multi-lot, competitive tender process, which began in February 2022, Rivus has been appointed to take care of the capital’s fleet for a period of up to 10 years.    With over 43,000 officers and… Read more »

Coal Authority becomes Category 2 responder

The Coal Authority has been given Category 2 responder status, confirming its position as a key organisation in the response to emergencies that happen on the UK’s coalfields. Along with the Met Office, the Coal Authority has been added to the list of Category 2 responders as a result of the 2021 review of the… Read more »

New Incident Control Unit boosts search and rescue

A Midlands-based charity that helps to track down missing vulnerable people has been boosted by the addition of a new Incident Control Unit. Warwickshire Search and Rescue (WarkSAR), which is run entirely by volunteers, took possession of the specially-adapted Mercedes Benz Sprinter Panel van last month, which will be used to co-ordinate its search and… Read more »

Met Office role in national resilience recognised

The Met Office has been added to the list of Category 2 Responders under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004. The change in status strengthens the Met Office role as a key organisation in the planning and response to emergencies and incidents across the country. The 2021 statutory review of the Civil Contingencies Act contained a… Read more »

Welsh Ambulance Service appoints first midwife

The Welsh Ambulance Service has appointed its first lead midwife to improve care for women, birthing people and their babies. Bethan Jones, a midwife at Cardiff’s University Hospital of Wales, has been appointed Local Safety Champion for Maternity and Neonatal Care to ensure women, birthing people and their babies receive safe and effective care. Bethan will work… Read more »

Don’t ignore the Red X

National Highways has teamed up with national emergency services organisations to remind drivers not to ignore the Red X sign when travelling on the nation’s roads. The Red X is used to close lanes when an obstruction such as a broken-down vehicle is detected in the road ahead. Drivers can face a fixed penalty fine… Read more »

Home Office updates Strategic Policing Requirement

For the first time since 2015, the Home Office has published an updated Strategic Policing Requirement (SPR). It sets out the national threats and national capabilities to counter those threats and applies to police forces in England and Wales. The Government consulted on the draft SPR during 2021/22 and concluded that six threats – terrorism,… Read more »

FBU recommends acceptance of revised pay offer

The Fire Brigades Union is consulting members on a revised pay offer and has opened a hybrid online and postal ballot. The leadership of the FBU is recommending that members accept the pay offer that would see a 7 per cent pay rise backdated to July 2022 and a further 5 per cent pay rise… Read more »

A powerful reminder of why change is needed

In Grenfell: System Failure, Director Nicolas Kent revisits his well trodden approach of taking excerpts from inquiry transcripts to provide an accessible, if at times hard to listen to, insight into the second phase of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. He says that the approach is effective and that by matching the actors to the real… Read more »