Maritime and Coastguard Agency appoints new interim chief

Damien Oliver has been appointed as the interim Chief Executive of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA). He will begin his new role on Monday 17 October, which follows the current MCA Chief Executive Brian Johnson’s retirement. Damien joined the MCA in 2001 and has held a number of high-profile roles including responsibility for major… Read more »

Alex Waller is Cheshire’s new Chief Fire Officer

Cheshire Fire Authority confirmed the appointment of Alex Waller as the new Chief Fire Officer on the retirement of Mark Cashin. With a career spanning 33 years, Mark handed over to his deputy who started in his new role on 1 October. After a recruitment process that saw three candidates apply and two shortlisted, Alex… Read more »

Thames Valley Police celebrates apprenticeship milestone

Thames Valley Police has reached an important milestone with the successful completion of its 200th emergency contact handler apprenticeship. In 2018, Thames Valley Police began recruiting emergency contact handler apprentices to grow its workforce, widen participation across the community and provide a professional qualification for call handlers. Working out of Thames Valley Police’s Kidlington headquarters, Abingdon… Read more »

Dräger launches connected multi-gas detector

Dräger has launched a mobile gas detector, the X-am 2800 which connects with Dräger’s Gas Detection Connect cloud solution, to automate the real-time sharing of live data regarding gases firefighters are exposed to in emergency situations. Users can choose from sensors for flammable gases and vapours, as well as oxygen, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulphide, nitrogen… Read more »

Survitec launch new rescue boat

Survitec has introduced a new lightweight design inflatable rescue boat capable of rapid single-point inflation to meet the unique demands of waterborne search and rescue operations by the emergency services. The Survitec 420 GP/GPM FR (Fast Rescue) boat was unveiled at The Emergency Services Show. Based on military-grade technology, the seven-person boat is unique in… Read more »

Celebrity Masterchef winner joins air ambulance as ambassador

Winner of Celebrity MasterChef 2022, Lisa Snowdon, has joined Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) as a Celebrity Ambassador. The move came as a result of the mass catering episode, which aired on 6 September, when Lisa, along with the other celebrities, got a rare glimpse behind the scenes of the work carried out by… Read more »

Control room award winners celebrated as community honours unsung heroes

The extraordinary contributions of the behind-the-scenes heroes who work tirelessly to serve and protect the public have been celebrated at the Control Room Awards 2022. The ceremony took place on the opening day of the Emergency Services Show and featured many inspirational stories of professionalism, dedication and resilience. The awards are the only accolades of… Read more »

Cornwall FRS lands second Unimog

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service has invested in a second Mercedes-Benz Unimog to extend their ‘go anywhere’ capability and respond to a wide range of incidents. The Unimog transports mission-specific pods, each one packed with specialist equipment, which allows the service to respond to wildfires, floods and other incidents across the county. Mercedes-Benz showed the… Read more »