Shaking the dust off a Cinderella service

In the world of the emergency services, the planners are the Cinderella service, working hard behind the scenes, often unrecognised for their contribution. Professor Lucy Easthope’s new book brings them out of the shadows and places them firmly into the spotlight in her new book, When the Dust Settles. Strictly speaking, her book is not… Read more »

Grenfell Tower Inquiry finishes hearing evidence

Four years on, the Grenfell Inquiry has finished hearing evidence and will now move on to complete its second and final report. The Inquiry was created to examine the circumstances leading up to and surrounding the fire at Grenfell Tower on the night of 14 June 2017. Through two phases of work, the Inquiry examined… Read more »

Government agrees police pay award

The Home Secretary has accepted the recommendation from the police pay body to increase police officer pay by £1,900 with effect from 1 September 2022. The Police Remuneration Review Body (PRRB) published its eighth report to the Home Secretary where it made a formal recommendation on the police officer pay award for 2022/23 to all… Read more »

Heatwave piles pressure on emergency services

As the UK sweltered on the hottest day ever recorded, the emergency services were under enormous pressure to respond as demand reached unprecedented levels. Data published by the Fire Brigades Union showed that one third of fire and rescue services across the UK declared a major incident in response to the heatwave. London Fire Brigade… Read more »

West Midlands Police turns on body worn camera live streaming

West Midlands Police is the first force in the country to use the latest body worn camera live streaming technology, allowing officers to remotely view another officer’s body cam. The new upgraded cameras from Axon mean that when they’re in record mode, anyone with a valid operational reason can see that footage in real time,… Read more »

New Chief Fire Officer for Northamptonshire

Mark Jones has been confirmed as the new Chief Fire Officer for Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service following a Confirmation Hearing of the Police, Fire and Crime Panel. After fielding questions from various members of the committee, the panel has now written to Stephen Mold, the Northamptonshire Police, Fire and Crime Commissioner, to confirm the… Read more »