St John Ambulance step up to keep mourning crowds safe and well

St John Ambulance volunteers have come forward in their hundreds wishing to play their part in keeping members of the public safe throughout the period of national mourning and at ceremonial events, including Queen Elizabeth II’s lying in state and funeral.  The first aid and health response charity’s volunteers have been providing 24-hour medical support… Read more »

Control Room Awards 2022 finalists announced

The finalists in the Control Room Awards 2022 have been revealed, as the community prepares to celebrate the hidden heroes of the emergency services. The Control Room Awards will be held on the first evening of The Emergency Services Show on Wednesday, September 21, at the NEC in Birmingham. The awards recognise the inspiring work… Read more »

Sir Mark Rowley becomes 29th Metropolitan Police Commissioner

Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley took his oath and swore allegiance to His Majesty The King at a ceremony at New Scotland Yard on 12 September. Sir Mark was formally appointed to the post of Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service in July by Her late Majesty the Queen following a recommendation by the Home Secretary…. Read more »

21 April 1926 to 8 September 2022

Nineteen Group is extremely saddened to hear the news of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. We extend our sincere condolences to the Royal Family at this time of national mourning and remembrance.

Pioneering electric hybrid motorcycle for Northamptonshire Police

Northamptonshire Police is leading the way in sustainable transport for emergency service use as it takes delivery of new petrol-electric hybrid motorcycles. The new three-wheeled bikes will be used by neighbourhood policing teams, helping them to increase accessibility and visibility within local communities.  The innovative WMC300FR motorcycle has been developed by Northamptonshire-based White Motorcycle Concepts… Read more »

London Fire Brigade adds two new fire boats to its fleet

The Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has welcomed London Fire Brigade’s new fire boats to the Thames as part of a £40 million investment made by City Hall to expand the Brigade’s fleet of equipment and vehicles. The two new boats are named after Auxiliary Fireman Harry Errington and Auxiliary Firewoman Gillian Tanner, who in the… Read more »

No one plans for a two-year pandemic

The emergency services are used to working with emergency planners in local authorities but during the pandemic, the work of the NHS emergency planning team was brought into sharp relief as the country reeled from Covid. I talk to the man in charge to find out more. In the last issue, I reviewed Professor Lucy… Read more »

Thames Valley Police receives Menopause Employer Friendly accreditation

Thames Valley Police (TVP) is the first police force in the UK to receive accreditation as a menopause friendly employer. The accreditation comes from Menopause Friendly, an independent organisation set up to change mindsets and attitudes towards menopause. Last year, TVP set up a Menopause Action Group with the aims of raising awareness for those… Read more »

Met Futures scheme for young people

The Metropolitan Police Services has partnered with the EY Foundation to provide a three week paid internship scheme for young people in the capital. Around 65 teenagers from low-income backgrounds applied for the Met Futures internship and 10-month follow-on mentoring scheme. It is intended to build young Londoners’ confidence, develop their professional skills and inspire… Read more »

Preferred candidate named to lead Nottinghamshire Police

Police and Crime Commissioner Caroline Henry has named Kate Meynell as her preferred candidate to be the next Chief Constable of Nottinghamshire Police, subject to a confirmation hearing with the Police and Crime Panel.  Kate is currently the Deputy Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary, having previously spent most of her career serving with Nottinghamshire Police,… Read more »