Fire contaminants linked to significant physical and mental health issues among UK firefighters 

New research has found that toxic contaminants in fires are directly linked to increased rates of cancer and mental health issues among firefighters.  The research, commissioned by the Fire Brigades Union (FBU) and independently carried out by the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), is based on a survey of over 10,000 serving and retired firefighters…

Government announces £50m funding for new ambulance hubs

The Government is making available an additional £50 million in capital funding to expand hospital discharge lounges and ambulance hubs. The new money will create new ambulance hubs where vehicles can manoeuvre more easily to avoid delays handing over patients. The funding will also expand discharge lounges in NHS Trusts, areas where patients can be… Read more »

Northumbria Police awards MLL next generation network contract 

Following a competitive tender process involving several suppliers, MLL Telecom, a leading provider of secure managed network services to the UK public sector, has been awarded an initial three-year network services contract by Northumbria Police, one of the UK’s largest police forces. The contract can be extended for a further four years. This is for…

Award winning system helping vulnerable patients

A new IT system which has transformed how the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) identifies and helps vulnerable patients, has won a national award. SWASFT teamed up with Exeter-based Iridium Consulting to create the Frequent Caller Management System (FCMS), which has won the Best Healthcare Management Solution category in the Health Tech…

Former fire chief to head up police authority

Susan Johnson OBE has been appointed as the new Chair of the Civil Nuclear Police Authority. Susan is a former chief executive of Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service, where she served until her retirement in 2015. Since then she has held non-executive roles in the public and private sector. She will be taking… Read more »

Wishing all our readers a wonderful 2023

We have a packed editorial programme for 2023 with a focus on apprenticeships and communications ICT in our February issue. Get in touch if you have a story you’d like to share with our readers.

Purpose, a new film from Oscar Kilo

Oscar Kilo the National Police Wellbeing Service has developed a new short film and mental health awareness package called ‘Purpose’.   It is part of a package being offered to police forces across the country as a way to create awareness, spark debate and self-reflection.   Purpose is a short but powerful film based on real-life experiences of… Read more »

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service investing in protecting firefighters against contaminants

Dräger has supplied a suite of mechanical cleaning equipment for Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service’s new purpose-built breathing apparatus training centre to deliver consistent levels of equipment disinfection and hygiene. Lancashire’s £4 million training centre, based in Chorley, will provide the latest facilities and training to firefighters in the county. It includes a network of… Read more »

Two new fire standards out for consultation

The Fire Standards Board is consulting on the Fire Control Fire Standard and a draft Fire Standard on Communications, Engagement and Consultation. The Fire Control Fire Standard has been developed with input from the NFCC Fire Control Team, the NFCC Lead for Fire Control, Mobilising Officers Group and with fire control specialists from a wide… Read more »